“The chief power (of all the rings alike) was the prevention or slowing of decay…”
If literature teaches us anything at all, it is this: that we have in us an eternal element, free from care and fear, which can survey the things in ‘life’ we call evil with serenity…
This Silmarillion artwork is by Justin Gerard.
Taken from the book ‘The Inklings of Oxford: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Their Friends’: “The Tolkiens moved to 76 Sandfield Road in Headington where they lived from 1953 until 1968.”
“Like Beowulf, Tolkien was an orphan. (He was taken in by his grandparents.) He grew up in the West Midlands, and said that the ‘Beowulf’ poet, too, was probably from there. He did not have difficulty living in a world of images and symbols. (He was a Catholic from childhood.) He liked golden treasure and coiled dragons. Perhaps, in the dark of night, he already knew what would happen: that he would never publish his beautiful ‘Beowulf,’ and that his intimacy with the poem, more beautiful, would remain between him and the poet—a secret love.”