Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Happy Hobbit Day!

A very happy Hobbit Day to one and all: it is the shared birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins of course.

You may wonder why this blog would mention fictional characters with nothing Welsh or Catholic about them. Au Contraire.

The author JRR Tolkien was, in fact, a famous Catholic. And whilst the Hobbits are quintessentially English in their mannerisms, his book and various characters have distinctly Welsh characteristics - from the mining Dwarves, to the language of the Elves.

J.R.R. Tolkien was born in 1892. When he was 12 the death of his mother, who died of diabetes, meant that he and his brother Hilary became wards of a priest at the Birmingham Oratory.

Of course, Birmingham Oratory was founded by Blessed Cardinal Newman whose very beatification we all celebrated last weekend.

Yet another example of how Catholicism imbues so much of our culture and history.

Tolkien and the Birmingham Oratory

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