Biblical Parallels in The Silmarillion
by Alfred D. Byrd
Published: May 23, 2016.
Tolkien's magnificent mythology that began in The Silmarillion had its origin in accounts of the Bible, which he, as a practicing Christian, knew well. Tolkien's tales are illuminated by themes such as creation, the fall, providence, sacrifice, redemption, and judgment that that he drew from Scripture. Understanding these themes will help you appreciate Tolkien's grand tale of Middle-Earth.