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Old 05-31-2002, 08:28 AM   #19
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I don;t have the pertinent volumes of HoME, so I am not qualified to provide any answers: but here, a question.

In terms of Catholic mysticism and practice, what about the Lembas? I am certain that to Tolkien the Lembas represented the Eucharist or Lord's Supper. I also recall reading **somewhere**-- (sorry, scholars, I'll try to remember to look it up at home) that Tolkien was **always** punctual about going to confession on Saturday so that he could go to communion on Sunday.

The virtue of the Lembas, for instance, increased as one depended solely upon it. Theological implications abound...

What I have no idea about is whether this idea was developed over the revisions, or whether it appeared whole and entire as the story sprung into being. Can anybody who has HoME, shed some light on that?

...down to the water to see the elves dance and sing upon the midsummer's eve.
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