St. Holbytla’s Monastery

Reading Tolkien in the Light of Faith


“The Lord of The Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously at first, but consciously in the revision.”

“I am a Christian (which can be deduced from my stories), and in fact a Roman Catholic.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien, 1958.

This blog is a repository of my thoughts on the Tolkien’s works, particularly the Lord of the Rings.  Many have attempted to read Tolkien using the frameworks of Marxism and Feminism, with disastrous results.  So I will propose the framework of Catholicism, for Tolkien is a Catholic and his Catholic Faith permeates his work.

Holbytla (plural is holbytlan) is what the men of the Mark calls the hobbits, as Theoden explained to Merry and Pippin.  Of course, there is no St. Holbytla—yet—but we are all called to be saints, to be holy, whether humans or halflings (or elves or dwarves).  As Aragorn said to Eomer:

Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear; nor are they one thing among Elves and Dwarves and another among Men.  It is a man’s part to discern them, as much in the Golden Wood as in his own house.

This blog is a virtual monastery.  But I lifted the monastic rule of silence (Rule of St. Holbytla) and allowed comments on my posts.   Fraternal corrections are welcome.

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This blog is under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas.

—Quirino M. Sugon Jr.


Written by Quirino M. Sugon Jr

January 13, 2009 at 5:30 am

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