Theologically I imagine the picture [ed story to be less dissonant from what some [including myself believe to be the truth But since I have written a tale which is built on or out of certain religious ideas but is NOT an allegory of them [Letters p283

These religious' ideas and parallels are in the story, but not as direct metaphors. It is important not to be univocal; i.e. not to be too literal or expect exact reflection of these when looking at Tolkien's works or writing. But they are there in essence.

Priest,, Prophet and King. The Trees of Life. 25th of the Month. Three, Seven and Nine. The Lembas. Metaphysical Elements. Women of the Middle-earth.

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