Lord of the Rings: The Jesuit Connection

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Editor’s Note: Human relationships are not without significant consequences both here and beyond.  What is not commonly known about this Trilogy and its author are the relationships and context of time and place that shaped his persona and passionate literary pursuits. His elevated and public academic status are well known of course, but the background of the times and venues that surrounded his ‘fellowships’ and friendships are less so, and here is where wicked influence has entered to infect a global generation with fantasy and myths that lead far from the narrow path to what God would have mankind enjoy in the Hereafter.
The Houdini cum Crowlian age and society of Prof. Tolkein’s environment were infested with the spiritism that followed the 19th century wake of  Freemason kabalists such as Dr. Mesmer. Occult societies abounded and the most sophisticated of these remained ever close to the elite and their fawning intelligencia. Vanity is served best when applauded by commoners and royalty, and the men and women of the ‘Golden Dawn’ and others such as the Theosophical and Anthroposophical societies served both constituencies.  What is less known is the Cathoic proximity visavis the Jesuits to the thrones of academia and rulers, especially the circle that surrounded Prof Tolkein.  Here is an example of their influence and cunning evasion of mirrors that would otherwise reveal their demerits.
What follows is a hodgepodge of comments and observations offered by several writers who’ve approached this little known circle.  I have edited and mixed them in a bit of a rush, and must confess I’ve little time at present to pursue the matter.  Nevertheless, I came across the issue by serendipity while re-arranging my cyber-library, and though I knew the Ring trilogy was a dangerous offering–as is Harry Potter–I knew less of its author and the covey of fellow occultists that influenced him.  Hence, what follows is an all too brief of a briefing, yet sufficient to lend important details that have gone un-noticed by most of us as we gazed at the marvelous wizardry. And another thing: the road to paradise is neither led nor paved nor protected and salvaged by Caucasians; which, if you look at the heart of this Aryan fantasy and its several contributors and supporters,  is the exact opposite of the telling.  — oz
“‘The Lord of the Rings’ is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision,” Tolkien wrote in a letter in 1953 to Robert Murray, a Jesuit priest. “That is why I have not put in, or have cut out practically all references to anything like ‘religion,’ to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and symbolism.”  
— JRR Tolkein, letter (1953) to Fra. Robert Murray, S.J. (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, 1981)

The book was partly written at Stonyhurst College, England, [1] a  traditional Jesuit Institution in a suppossedly anti-papal world that has recently changed its stripes yet again.  His story surrounds the shire and the River Shirebourn; it was the Shireburn family who built Stonyhurst.  The Jesuit Marquette University has the collection of John Ronald Reuel’s Tolkien manuscripts. Tolkien’s eldest son was trained to be Jesuit priest at Stonyhurst and  Fra. Robert Murray, SJ (left), was one of Tolkien’s closest  confidants;  another is the celebrated philosopher, David Kolb (Bates College).

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born of British parents in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He beacme a respected professor of English Literature at Oxford from 1945-1959.  His writings cover many areas but he was most famous for his fiction, much of which dealt with wizards, elves, and sundry magical tales. Some critics place strong parallels between his works and those of Aquinas, Augustine, and Aristole.

During the 1930’s to 1940’s both Tolkien and Lewis were part of an informal literary discussion group associated with the ‘University of Oxford’ & known as the “Inklings”.  C. S. Lewis called Charles Williams (Fellow “Inkling”, specialist in Tarot and Kabbalah & a man whose mind was steeped in occult rituals and demonic forces) “his dearest friend.”  This close friendship made a large impact on Lewis and his writings. C. S. Lewis wrote of Williams poems, ‘They seem to me… for their profound wisdom, to be among the two or three most valuable books of verse produced in the century.’

Charles Williams was also a member of the ‘Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn’ [A Rothschildian Personalized Coven].  There are many that assert that both Tolkien and Lewis were closet members of the Golden Dawn. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a amalgamation of Freemasonry (Babylonian mystery religions), Theosophy (A Satanic/occult religious philosophy combined with metaphysics, started by a high level witch named H. P. Blavatsky), Eliphas Levi’s Teachings (A high level black magic occultist, Priest and Jew), Enochian Magic (an elaborate system of advanced, Satanic, ceremonial magic), The Kabbalah (highest level of Jewish witchcraft) and medieval grimoire (a manual of black magic for invoking spirits and demons). Regarding the Order of the Golden Dawn, among its first initiates was a coroner who allegedly performed necromantic rites, while another early member was black magician Aleister Crowley, the self styled Great Beast/666, grandfather of Wicca, and perhaps the sire of Barbara Bush.

Certainly membership of the Golden Dawn involved the performance of rituals, which Williams, with his love of rite and ceremony, entered into wholeheartedly… he had always taken care to learn by heart the words of any Golden Dawn rite…. There does not seem to have been anything in A. E. Waite’s ‘temple’ of the Golden Dawn which was opposed to Christianity. [Everything there opposed Christianity!] Indeed Waite (pic right), who had been brought up a Catholic, believed its practices to be part of what he called the ‘Secret Tradition’ of Christianity, the tradition that besides the overt meaning of Christian doctrine there is also a hidden series of truths revealed only to an elect few. Waite remarked of this gnostic tradition, and apparently of his ‘temple’… ‘It is not in competition with the external Christian Churches….’ Waite also made a special study of talismans and of the Tarot cards…. These and other details of occult knowledge were to play a major part in Williams’s novels.”

“I had some ado to prevent Joy and myself from relapsing into Paganism in Attica! At Daphni it was hard not to pray to Apollo the Healer. But somehow one didn’t feel it would have been very wrong”. Lewis also said that “Christianity fulfilled paganism” and “paganism prefigured Christianity.”
(Roger Lancelyn Green, “C.S. Lewis: A Biography,” Harcourt Inc., 1974, pages 274 and 30.)


[1] Stonyhurst College (from wikipedia) is an independent, Roman Catholic school, adhering to the Jesuit tradition. It is located on the Stonyhurst Estate near the village of Hurst Green in the Ribble Valley area of Lancashire, England, and occupies a Grade I listed building.[5] The school has been fully co-educational since 1999.
The college was founded in 1593[6] by Father Robert Persons SJ at St Omer,[7] at a time when penal laws prohibited Catholic education in England. After moving to Bruges in 1762 and Liège in 1773, the college moved to England and located at Stonyhurst Hall in 1794.[6][7] Today it provides boarding and day education to approximately 450 boys and girls aged 13–18.[8] On an adjacent site, its preparatory school, St Mary’s Hall, provides education for boys and girls aged 3–13.[9]
Charles Williams: The Last Magician ( 2008) by Grevel Lindrop