Vatican City, May 27, 2022 / 04:43 am
Pope Francis cited J.R.R. Tolkien in an essay on storytelling published this week.
“As Frodo, the main character in Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ says: ‘The tales never end,’” Pope Francis wrote in an afterword to a book published on May 26.
The pope may have been referring to an exchange between Frodo and Sam in the second book of the trilogy on “the tales that really mattered.”
In the exchange, Sam says: “And why, sir, I never thought of that before! We’ve got — you’ve got some of the light of it in that star-glass that the Lady gave you! Why, to think of it, we’re in the same tale still! It's going on. Don’t the great tales never end?’”