Because Catholics and the RCC take what they want, force you to convert at swordpoint (or kill you if you refused) and then call it their own?
DamnYankees: I've yet to find a movie which hasn't been interpreted as such.
antidisestablishmentarianism: AverageAmericanGuy: And let's face it, Tolkein was a pretty boring storyteller.I tried reading The Hobbit in middle school. I didn't get very far before I was bored out of my skull. I preferred Stephen King and Michael Crichton over Tolkein.
Arumat: I wonder how Lord of the Rings would've turned out if Gandalf had failed to stop the balrog under Moria and it killed the rest of the fellowship and took possession of the One Ring.
graggor: this is final farewell to the tolkien univserse. peter jackson seems to have it right so far.
Blasphemous Knave: Tolkien was indeed a devout Catholic and one can certainly see that influence in the cosmology of Middle Earth as well as numerous mythological elements (particularly Eru Illuvatar as an expy of Yahweh), but beyond that it's not very prominent.It's very Hero's Journey, with an extra splash of homespun Hobbityness, not Christian allegory.
Lsherm: Tolkein was a staunch Catholic, but he wasn't particularly overt in his books. Well, as long as you don't count all the goddamn singing his characters do.
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