The Gift of Iluvatar: Tolkien’s Theological Vision

Damien Casey

“‘the [Elves] say of Men that they look at no thing for itself; that if they study it, it is only because it reminds them of some other dearer thing. Yet with what is this comparison? Where are these other things?’
Where are these other things indeed! Humanity is oriented towards transcendence, to seek beyond the confines of the world.”

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Originally published in the Australian eJournal of Theology 2 (February 2004). Republished here by kind permission of the author.

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