Donald T. Williams begins his book An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien with the sentence, “I first read The Lord of the Rings in the summer of 1968, the summer between my junior and senior years of high school.” (p. 8 Kindle) This autobiographical fact launches the slim volume that shares Williams’s early discoveries that J.R.R. Tolkien was a Christian whose Christian worldview is expressed throughout The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and “On Fairy-Stories.”
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Fitzsimmons, Phillip, "Book Review: An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien by Donald T. Williams" (2020). Faculty Articles & Research. 45.