Hot away from their Summer Seminar 2021 where they put the focus on “ Tolkien and Diversity, ” The Tolkien Culture will now feature a paper in their upcoming Oxonmoot event claiming there is an alt-right spiritual crusade to appropriate M. R. R. Tolkien.
If you are unfamiliar with Oxonmoot, The Tolkien Society describes it because “ an annual event managed by The Tolkien Society which usually brings together Tolkien fans, college students, students and Society members from across the world. ”
Oxonmoot 2022 is going to be held beginning on Thursday September 1st and will conclude on Sunday September fourth. The event will take place in person with St Anne’s College in Oxford as well as online.
As part of the event’s programming, The Tolkien Society revealed they will feature a talk or paper by Robin Reid, a professor at Texas A& M University-Commerce, titled “ J. R. R. Tolkien, Culture Warrior: The Alt-Right Religious Crusade’s appropriation associated with ‘ Tolkien. ‘”
While it’s not clear what the actual contents from the paper or talk actually are, the title makes it clear it appears to be a political piece and will more than likely highlight Robin the boy wonder Reid’s political views instead of any kind of actual discussion regarding Tolkien.
Which type of discussion is no unfamiliar person to Reid as the girl previously gave a talk during the New York Tolkien Conference at Baruch College titled “ Atheists, Agnostics, and Animists, Oh My!: Luxurious Readings of J. L. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium” in 2019.
Regardless of the contents of Reid’s talk or even paper are, Tolkien made it very clear that The Lord from the Rings were a Catholic work.
In letter 142 to Father Robert Murray S. J., Tolkien wrote, “ I have already been cheered specially by what you have said, this time and just before, because you are more perceptive, especially in some directions, than any one else, and have even revealed to me more clearly some things about my work. I think I know exactly what you mean from the order of Grace; as well as by your references to Our Woman, upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity will be founded. ”
“ The Lord of the Bands is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic function; unconsciously so at first, yet consciously in the revision, ” he declared. “ This is why I have not put in and have cut out, practically all referrals to anything like ‘ religion’, to cults or even practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is usually absorbed into the story and the symbolism. ”