by Jonah Goldberg

Rod and John -

I liked John’s piece in the Journal a lot. And I will concede that Miller knows more about Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings than I do. And — — unlike some people at National Review, I did not see the new movie yet. I think John is certainly correct to say that the books are informed by Tolkien’s faith. And I’m heartened to hear that the movie is loyal to that spirit (Spirit?). But, that said, I’d like to know how John — or Peter Jackson or Tolkien — squared the assertion that the Secret Fire represents the Holy Spirit when Tolkien himself insisted many times that LOTR is not allegorical. A point I raised in my LOTR review last year.

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