The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0020 – The Lord of the Rings – Tolkien’s Foreword

On this episode of Tolkien Road, we turn to The Lord of the Rings and begin our journey through the Third Age of Middle-earth with Tolkien’s foreword to the Second Edition. This is an important section, because in it Tolkien discusses his reasons for writing the book. We’ll also discuss just what he means when he says that The Lord of the Rings is a “fundamentally religious and Catholic work.”

Originally released: 5/22/2015.

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