I re-read it this past summer on long walks around my neighborhood. It’s a pity so many folks overlook the Appendices, because the account of Arwen and Aragorn and the bitterness of their parting is one of the most tragic and beautiful things ever written. Tolkien was a man who fully plumbed the pain of death and *still* trusted God for “Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.” He was a Catholic right down to his marrow and was, I agree with Fr. Longenecker, the greatest Catholic evangelist of the 20th century.
On this, the anniversary of his death, let us pray for him and ask his prayers.