Dr. Helen Freeh joins Bishop Wall for this first in a three-part discussion on the life, legacy and faith of British author J.R.R. Tolkien. Most known for his books “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”, Tolkien was an Oxford Professor and devout Catholic who infused his works with religious meaning without ever falling into preachiness or allegory.

In this first part, Dr. Freeh examines how Tolkien alternatively dismantled and paid homage to themes of fate, and his distaste for modernist ideas of nihilism and despair.

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