Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts reminds us of this non-coincidence:
As Tolkien said about his masterpiece, it was ‘a fundamentally religious and Catholic work’. Something I appreciated even in my non-religious days.
Go here to comment. Any lasting work of literature tends to need a clear moral compass behind it, which is why most literature today is forgettable swill. It is bleakly amusing to contemplate contemporary Tolkien fans who deplore his Catholicism and thus demonstrate that they have completely missed his point entirely.