"God is the Lord of angels, and of men - and of elves." -JRR Tolkien
I believe that Lord of the Rings is one of the greatest stories of all time. It has challenged and thrilled me in ways I cannot fully explain and has changed my life. Even today, just thinking about it sends chills through me.
The greatness of Lord of the Rings
"The literary establishment in England was stunned, shocked, and scandalized by an event of millennial significance when a major bookstore chain innocently polled English-speaking readers, asking them to choose the greatest book of the twentieth century. By a wide margin The Lord of the Rings won. Three times the poll was broadened: to a worldwide readership, into cyberspace via Amazon.com (1999), and even to 'the greatest book of the millennium'. The same champion won each time...
The polls revealed one important thing about The Lord of the Rings: that it is a classic, that is, a book loved by humanity, by human nature, wherever it is found."
-from Peter J. Kreeft's The Philosophy of Tolkien
"If you do not find a way, no one will." -Elrond, Lord of Rivendell