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A Lent of the Lord of the Rings reflects (fourth annually) on the beauty and depth of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings over the Roman Catholic season of Lent. As a period of pause, reflection, and pilgrimage, Lent provides a structured time to read and savor this marvelous tale bookended by the Christian rituals and events that so inspired Tolkien’s mind. From February 5th through April 6th, the author encourages others to read The Lord of the Rings alongside him for the first or one hundredth time: a detailed schedule of days and passages can be found under the “Reading Plan” section. For those curious about the choices of those dates, they allow the Fellowship to depart from Rivendell on Ash Wednesday and arrive at Mt. Doom on Good Friday.

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Michael Fischer is an higher education researcher and writer in Washington, DC. A graduate of Georgetown University, he has been described by close friends as “hobbit-like” and “a ridiculous Tolkien fanatic.” He hosts an annual Lord of the Rings movie marathon (extended editions, of course) every December that includes a seven-course hobbit meal.

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  1. I like the article and early on had my own thoughts about what Mount Doom is. The steps going up to the tower where the eye is reminds me of a defiled Church of the Holy Sepuculre. This is where The Lord of the Rings seems futuristic to me other than hinged in the deep past. What is the world when all faith is gone from the lives of men? Just a thought!

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    • Thanks for your comment – Tolkien saw the future rooted in the lessons of the past, as he was quoted saying: “I look East, West, North, South, and I do not see Sauron; but I see that Saruman has many descendants. We Hobbits have against them no magic weapons. Yet, my gentlehobbits, I give you this toast: To the Hobbits. May they outlast the Sarumans and see spring again in the trees.” I think its also certain that Tolkien took much inspiration from Calvary for Mt. Doom and from the Tomb for the Crack of Doom. Thanks for your thoughts!

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