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J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
- The Occult Overtones In Their Writings -
by Wes Penre, November 28, 1998, updated January 1, 2005 -


(This essay will be updated with new information as it comes in. Your contribution is much appreciated. My e-mail address can be found here)

A shorter version of this essay was posted on the Internet in 1998 under a previous title: J.R.R. Tolkien - The Middle-Earth Saga and the Illuminati


Wes Penre
Wes Penre


eyond doubt, there are lots of obvious links between Tolkien's imaginary world and the occult teachings of different secret societies. You who have read "Lord of the Rings", and "Silmarillion" in particular might know what I am talking about.

My own first contact with Tolkien's world was in 1968, when a European radio station presented "The Hobbit" as a summer-series. It was very well produced, with different voices for different characters, background sounds and singing even; I was totally fascinated. A whole scenario in 3D was playing inside my head, and for me it was very real. I was stuck in front of the radio every morning the whole summer through, and when Thorin died at the end, I was crying - like if I had lost a long gone friend. I experienced the same thing two years later when I read "Lord of the Rings" - the episode when Gandalf fell to his death in the depths of Moria (and the enormous relief when he later reincarnated).

J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien

My Own Experience with Tolkien

Throughout my teens, Tolkien was a big part of my life, and when he died in 1973 I thought the world must have come to an end. Seemed like he had so much more to give, and still the masterpiece which I'd been waiting for - the "Silmarillion" - was not yet released. Terrible ...!

However, his son, Christopher Tolkien, later put Silmarillion together and to my big satisfaction it was released, I think in 1977.

Of course, Tolkien was a professor in the English language and a wonderful storyteller, no doubt about that, but there is something more to it. Long before I knew anything about occultism, I had the feeling parts of his story was true in some way. Had Middle-Earth existed some time in the past? (Tolkien himself refers to it as old England.) 

Tolkien, the Bible and the Illuminati

Some of the following can only be speculations, but I think it is interesting to debate it, and I welcome any comments on it from you, the reader. I will attach my e-mail address at the bottom of this article, so you can give me your viewpoints and feedback on the subject, if you wish.

Gandalf and the hobbitsWhen we discuss the matter of the secret societies and the Illuminati(1), it's inevitable to make the comparison to Tolkien. Sauron is of course Satan/Lucifer with his occult power, and Gandalf is a member of a Brotherhood called "The Wizard's Council", which is a secret society in itself with magic rituals and esoteric wisdom.

The hobbits would from this viewpoint be the ignorant homo sapiens, who don't want to get involved and don't know very much about what is going on around and above them anyway. Just like in the world today, ignorant people are used for "greater purposes" by the secret societies, without knowing that they are being used.

Then there are the orchs, of course. I can't help comparing them to the small, gray aliens with their underground bases and malign intents. It seems like the Grays are hybrids and hence "created" and crossbred. So were the orchs, created by Melkor, the "fallen angel". Interesting also that Tolkien created a whole separate world with tunnels underneath the mountains. Many secret societies claim that the Earth is hollow and strange creatures live underneath the surface of the Earth.

A funny thing is (and I'm sure many Tolkien fans will recognize this), that you have a very clear picture inside your head of how the different creatures and characters in the saga look like. Sometimes you study pictures drawn by artists, related to Tolkien's world, and you sometimes Orchget quite upset, because you "know" that's not the way they looked like. The opposite also happens. You think, yeah! This artist really got it! Do you recognize this? Personally, I think most of the characters in the movie "Lord of the Rings" pretty much confirm my own picture of how they should look like.

It's interesting from this viewpoint to compare the power-struggle of Middle-Earth with the power-struggle on Earth today, as we know it from a magical point of view(1). Because that's exactly what is going on today - an occult power-struggle above ordinary people's heads. We are the "ignorant", the "sheep", and the magicians are the "shepherds" (from an occult standpoint, not a Christian), eager to keep the sheep within their fold, so they themselves can stay busy with creating an empire for them to rule over.

Similar to many occult Masters, Tolkien got the idea to his masterpiece after he had been wounded in the first World War. He didn't know from where he got the idea, it just "came to him" (discussed in the Swedish book "Sagan om Tolkien", by Ĺke Ohlmarks, Norstedts 1971). Many occultists have had the same experience - some strange power(s) just channeling through them. Also, Tolkien was a professor in Oxford, which is controlled by the Illuminati. Question: was Tolkien a part of the Brotherhood to some degree? Did he know the occult technology, or is everything just a coincidence? He himself said he used parts of the Beowulf saga and the old Icelandic myths to create his own epos, but that doesn't explain everything. Hopefully we will understand this better as we continue the discussion in this essay.

The Sumerian Scriptures

Tolkien was very aware of the Sumerian Scriptures. If you look at the Genesis in "Silmarillion", you see the similarities to old Sumer. Eru is from this sense Anu, the alien king/god of Sumer, and "ainur" would be the "Anunnaki". Melkor (Satan) is the fallen angel, Sauron's (Lucifer's) teacher. There is also another connection, a play with words. Moriah is the name the Illuminati use about themselves, for their Order(1), and Tolkien uses the word Moria, referring to the hidden, secret realm in the tunnels under Misty Mountains. Symbolically the realm of Moria could be compared to the Realm of Moriah, the place where secrets are kept.  The sorcerer (Gandalf) fell into the depths together with the Balrog; died and were reborn, coming out even wiser, dressed in white instead of grey. White is wisdom. Saruman chose the other road and joined the Black Order of Mordor. He eventually caved himself in (as most black magicians do), and the good forces celebrated victory.

There are more "coincidences" with the Sumerian scriptures. This is an excerpt form the the website "Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Truth, Myth of Both?":

"Dr. Ralph C. Wood, Professor of English at Baylor University and an expert on Tolkien's work, described those "lesser gods" or ruling spirits. Notice that the reigning God sounds more like the aloof deity of deism than the caring God of the Bible. Other "gods" would fit right into Norse and Celtic mythology (two areas of research that fascinated Tolkien):

"At the top stands Ilúvatar, the All-Father, corresponding roughly to the One whom Christians call God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth. From him all things proceed, and to him all things return. He is the beginning and the end, the One who shapes all events to his own purposes. He... only rarely intervenes in his Creation, preferring instead to work through... fifteen subordinate beings....

"Manwë, the Good and Pure.... is most concerned with air, wind, clouds, and the birds that fly. Manwë's spouse is Varda, the Exalted. She made the stars, established the courses of the Sun and Moon, and set the morning and evening star Eärendil in the sky. Thus is she known to the elves as Elbereth (Star-Queen) and Gilthoniel (Star-Kindler). She listens to the cries of both men and elves in order to come to their aid and succor.

Next comes Melkor ("He who arises in Might"). Ilúvatar gave to him greater power and knowledge than to any of the other Valar.... He desired to have his own power to create things out of nothing--to give them true Being--as the All-Father did. So he searched in the Void for the Flame Imperishable, disturbing the original Music which Ilúvatar had created to keep the Timeless Halls in harmony....

Ulmo ("pourer, rainer") is... lord of waters... he dwells in the Outer Ocean or in the waters underneath Middle Earth,
governing the movement of all oceans and rivers. Ulmo cares greatly for the Children of Ilúvatar, advising them by direct appearances, by dreams, or through the music of waters....
"Irmo ("master of desire") is the author of visions and dreams...."
(2) emphasis added"

Just like the Sumerian Gods, the Tolkien "lesser gods" were lords over the elements; Ulmo was the "Lord of Waters" as were Enki in the Sumerian Scriptures.



Was Tolkien an occult or a Christian writer? 


Christians are divided into two camps with regards to Tolkien's books. One camp says there are allegorical links between his myth and Biblical truth, while the other camp points out the occult links, and emphasizes that "Lord of the Rings" was written to deceive and mislead people, and steer them away from God and into the occult:


"Sadly, many professing Christians via the lie that anything done by a 'Christian' is acceptable, have accepted the occult. Tolkien was defined to be a Christian. Satan then got acceptance for his evil occult series of Lord of the Rings by gullible people that believe anything done by a 'Christian' is acceptable..."


"...Satan has used Tolkien and his occult series in very successful attacks against both the lost and professing Christians. The devil succeeded in getting the occult accepted by both groups, the lost and professing Christians and Tolkiens [sic] demonic works played a major role in the process.

Tolkiens [sic] occult stories were first published in the 1950's. It is interesting to note that Tolkien took 12 years to write his occult stories and he released them in the 13th year. He was a true occultist and the devil was pleased and blessed his work!"

"John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a man of many contradictions. For example:

  • Back in 1969, he wrote a letter affirming that "the chief purpose of life, for any one of us, is to increase according to our capacity our knowledge of God by all the means we have, and to be moved by it to praise and thanks." (8) Yet the primary focus of his life was his mythical Middle-earth, headed by a distant and impersonal "God" who might confuse rather than clarify the nature of the Biblical God.

  • In his personal letters (many are included in a book titled The Letters of J. R. R Tolkien), he expressed caution toward occult practices. But he equipped his team of mythical heroes  -- the fellowship of the Ring -- with the pagan powers that God forbids. For example, "Gandalf [a helpful wizard] is able to wield potent magic... To do battle with the forces of darkness, Gandalf the Grey can call upon not only his spellcraft, but also his staff of power and the Elven sword Glamdring." (9)  

  • Tolkien once told a Jesuit friend: "The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work... the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism."(11) People defending Tolkien, saying he was a strict Roman Catholic and thus Christian, should read more about Roman Catholicism and especially the Jesuit Order. Both these "religious" groups are nothing but front groups for the Illuminati - the power that is currently controlling political events in the background, to create a One World Government, and to pave the way for the "AntiChrist". Challenging question: Was Tolkien actually also a Jesuit in secret?

  • A staunch Roman Catholic, he affirmed his faith in the One God who created the universe. But his mythical God stopped creating before the work was finished, then turned the rest over to a group of lesser gods or "sub-creators." In other words, Tolkien invented a hierarchy of deities that defied the Biblical God's wise warnings concerning both real and imagined idolatry." (5)


Personally, no matter what Tolkien's intentions were, I believe that the effect his epos created was an increased interest in the occult. I can speak from my own experience; after had read his books, I wanted to know more about magic and sorcery, and directly or indirectly, his work eventually led me to one of the occult secret societies, where I became a member. However, I finally realized how I was used there for evil purposes, and left.

Today we have Dan Brown and "The Da Vinci Code", which also has helped to increase the interest in the occult. Brown says he is neutral regarding whether the secret societies are benevolent or malign, but his books present them as mysterious, and working for humanity. The same thing goes with Hollywood and movies like "National Treasure" and other similar films. They present a wrong picture of what secret societies are, most likely as a counter-attack against serious researchers like myself and many others. (After I wrote this paragraph, I accidentally stumbled upon the following article, http://www.styleweekly.com/article.asp?idarticle=9607, which further gives strength to these arguments. I quote from the forth and fifth paragraph of this article, published on December 29, 2004, but I strongly advise you to read the full article, as it continues in the same manner):


"Last year’s “The Da Vinci Code” has made Dan Brown enough money to start his own religion, as well as inspiring a number of nonfiction titles to seek the truth behind his premise of secret societies, da Vinci’s art, and the bloodline of Jesus Christ. “Cracking the Da Vinci Code” by Simon Cox and “Cracking Da Vinci’s Code” by James Garlow look for flaws in Brown’s conspiracy. But Martin Lunn’s “Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind ‘The New York Times’ #1 Bestseller,” despite having a bulky name, got the farthest up the charts. All of them seem to have forgotten that Brown’s book was a best seller in fiction. Unfazed by the allegations of embellishment, a new version of the book came out this year: “The Da Vinci Code Special Illustrated Edition,” so we don’t have to rely on Brown’s descriptions of the art anymore.

Magic and ingenuity made two series top sellers for both adults and children [my emphasis]. After five books and three movies, interest in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are still strong. Now a boxed set collects the first five books of the adventures of the boy in wizard school..."

Tolkien's books have had a great influence on people and they paved the road for other forms of occultism. Games like Dungeons and Dragons were heavily influenced by Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". In addition, his books influenced a numerous of other authors to write similar stories, which boosted an interest in the occult and magic. In my upper teens, I started writing fantasy short stories and novels myself, obsessively inspired by Tolkien. This was in the early 70's, but when I tried to get them published I was met by a very interesting remark from the book publishers. Now in retrospective, this remark makes sense. They often said that it was "too early to publish these kinds of stories", but that I should wait another 5-8 years. They "expected" a new trend on the book market, and that trend was the "Fantasy genre". Now, looking back, I know they were right. Suddenly, the bookstores were overloaded with fantasy novels and they sold like water in Sahara, and still do, now boosted by the movie trilogy "The Lord of the Rings", Harry Potter and more.


Were they psychic, or how else did they know that people would want fantasy novels in 5-8 years? There is nothing esoteric about it; actually this is a typical phenomenon. The same thing happens in the occult music industry(4). The book- and music industries decide the future trend and start promoting it on a big scale, and they know exactly how to get people interested; how to do that is already thoroughly researched by them. As with everything else in big business, politics and banking, the trends are always set in the direction of creating a New World Order, whether the artist, writer, or common man is aware of it or not. Those two media - books and movies - are excellent tools for the Illuminati, because their message reaches millions of people at once. Therefore, the fantasy genre is an introduction to the acceptance of the occult, which has to be looked at in a broader perspective, as we rapidly are heading towards a global, occult Super state. The occult rock group, Led Zeppelin, also used Tolkien's fantasy world in a few of their songs; the best known are probably "Ramble on" "The Battle of Evermore".


Now, was Tolkien a Christian or an occult writer?


"Decades ago, when witchcraft and wizardry were hidden from public view, young "Middle-earth" visionaries had no real-life place to test the new suggestions. That has changed. Through books, local covens, the Internet and other available sources, seekers can easily find tutors and practices that turn wizardly fantasy into practical occult reality. This sobering fact makes our world today radically different from the times when Tolkien and his friends shared their stories with each other.(5)


Tolkien himself denies any supposed allegorical link between his myth and Biblical truth, it's not fair to hold his stories accountable to that truth. Nor is it wise to continue claiming that they teach us God's truth. Those who do could easily be tempted to lower their guard, set aside discernment, internalize the fascinating suggestions and be drawn to occult images.


In "The Fellowship of the Rings" Gandalf falls into the depths of Moria and dies, just to reincarnate later, much wiser, from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White. Here is Tolkien:


"Gandalf is not, of course, a human being (Man or Hobbit). There are naturally no precise modern terms to say what he was. I would venture to say that he was an incarnate 'angel'...(6)


And now this:


"This incarnate "angel" wouldn't fit into the host of Biblical angels. But he could well fit in the hierarchy of "devas" or "angels" and ascended masters in the elaborate spiritual system called Theosophy or "Ancient Wisdom." Popularized by Madame Helena Blavatsky, this esoteric blend of Hinduism and Western occultism received its doctrines from "ascended masters" or spirit guides such as Djhwal Khul who channeled his messages to the medium Alice Bailey." (5)


Interestingly enough, shortly after I had published the first version of this article on the Internet in 1998, I got a letter from a visitor, who was told by a high initiated witch, that both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were initiated in the H.O.G.D. (The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn), which is a deeply occult, black magic secret society. The Golden Dawn is closely related to Madame Blavatsky's "Theosophical Society". During a discussion about Tolkien and his work, this male witch commented that "The Hobbit" and the rest of the Middle-Earth series was merely an elementary 'primer' for witchcraft. He was even a bit irritated at the lack of background knowledge about Tolkien among the people gathered. Later he added C.S. Lewis to the conversation as another well known literary figure who was initiated in the H.O.G.D. If this is true or not is hard to say, but it is interesting and well worth looking further into. However, there are more indications that both Tolkien and Lewis had Golden Dawn connections. The following website is no longer on the Internet, but I still have a saved copy of it, so I am hereby re-posting it: "Hermetic Imagination: The Effect Of The Golden Dawn On Fantasy Literature".


Another allegory Tolkien uses is the one about Atlantis, the legendary continent that sank into the ocean. In Tolkien's world, the equivalence to Atlantis would be Númenor, the big island to the west where the Great Kings of a Divine bloodline, lived. Just like with Atlantis, Númenor sank into the ocean in a devastating catastrophe, and the survivors escaped to Middle-Earth where they mingled with "ordinary" humans. This is almost exactly how the story about Atlantis is told as well; how the blue-blooded survivors escaped the catastrophe, to Egypt and other places in the Mediterranean.

Map of Tolkien's Númenor, the island that sank into the ocean. The five corners of the island  also form the shape of a Pentagram (this image was sent to me by a visitor).

Here is Tolkien again, discussing Atlantis. He is talking about a dream he had, or was it maybe channeled information?:


"Númenor is my personal alteration of the Atlantis myth and /or tradition, and accommodation of it to my general mythology. Of all the mythical or 'archetypal' images this is the one most deeply seated in my imagination, and for many years I had a recurrent Atlantis dream: the stupendous and ineluctable wave advancing from the Sea or over the land, sometimes dark, sometimes green and sunlit." (7)


In fact, Tolkien mentioned something that could be interpreted as "channeling":


"...the thing seems to write itself once I get going...." The Letters of J. R. R Tolkien, page 91.  


Occult Symbolism in the Lord of the Rings

One thing is certain; J.R.R. Tolkien was very fascinated by occult symbolism. His epos has an abundance of it. Let us pick a few examples:

The Gates to Moria

The picture to the left is taken from a website called "The Lord of the Rings Symbolism",  The following is taken from this website, and I paste it here for the argument's sake. I have added my own comments to those of the author. My comments are in [bold letters and in brackets]:

"The first installment of Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' was released on DVD and video this week in Britain.  When I first saw the film 'The Fellowship of the Ring' at the cinema I noticed a very familiar set of symbols.  Now that the film is now widely available it seems timely to take a closer look at this symbolism, and invite further debate.  The symbolism in question appears on the door to the dwarven caverns of Moria, a gateway that initially blocks the progress of the beleagured Fellowship.

A symbolic arch is supported by 2 pillars, themselves wrapped by climbing vegetation.  The arch bears an inscription written in an ancient form of Elvish, saying "The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria.  Speak, friend, and enter."  Drawn below the arch are seven stars and a crown, and below these can be found a much larger star (the 'Star of the House of Fëanor').

This motif is very similar to the Royal Arch of the Freemasons, who also incorporate seven stars into the space below the arch.  Their arch is comprised of 7 houses of the zodiac, whose position in the sky binds the Duat.  As such, the seven stars cannot denote the Pleiades star cluster in Taurus, nor the Corona Borealis, or Northern Crown.  They are also not suggestive of any stars present in the Duat itself, specifically around Sirius or Orion.  The 'Star of the House of Fëanor', however, may be analogous with Sirius if we compare the Door of Durin and the Freemasonic Royal Arch.  This then gives us a very specific sky location, into which are incorporated a crown and seven stars.

For reasons which will become apparent in a moment, I proposed that this symbolism might be the same as that of Niburu, indicating its perihelion location in the sky.

When I first suggested this 6 months or so ago, I received a very informative e-mail from Greg Frey, and I would like to share his thoughts with you here:

"The gateway to Moria in the movie is reproduced directly from Tolkien's drawing in the book "Lord of the Rings". His symbols I'm afraid have nothing to do with alchemy or anything else esoteric. They are a reference to the 7 Dwarven Kings and their rings of power. To understand the symbolism in Tolkien you would need to read the Silmarillion also by Tolkien. Although some parallels will be found with esoteric symbolism I think you would do well to remember that Tolkien was a devout Christian. The parallels I mentioned will be evident for two reasons, neither of them conscious on Tolkien's part: 1) His sources are pagan (The Kalevala, the Ring Cycle of the Niebulung, ancient Celtic and Germanic myth, etc.) and 2) in writing the Silmarillion he accessed the Collective Unconscious of the human race, where many of these archetypal symbols are deeply embedded."

Indeed, the seven stars may well be representative of the seven rings of the Dwarven Lords rather than anything astronomical per se, but I think that Greg's final point is very important. There is a lot of subconscious archetypal imagery at play here, in a Jungian sense, and the initial source of the symbolism may be very deep indeed.  Of course, being a devout Christian need not preclude one from esoteric interests.  Most Freemasons are Christian, and the new Archbishop of Canterbury is not above the donning of a Druid's mantle!  [I am certain of one thing with regards to this: Tolkien was a highly educated man, and his symbolism is not coincidental. He knew about the occult symbols, and he DID use them for some hidden purpose. Wes Penre]. Let us compare Tolkien's Door of Durin with the Royal Arch and the equivalent alchemical imagery:

Tolkien's Gate

The Freemasonic "Royal Arch"

Alchemical Version of the
"Royal Arch"

The Royal Arch is fascinating because it gives us a particular sky location for this symbolism, one that should not include 7 stars.  It also boasts a cometary star, highly suggestive of the rogue 10th Planet, Nibiru [sic], in this context.  Is Nibiru [sic] the crowned Eagle, the Returning King of the celestial deep?  Tolkien also gives us the crown among the seven stars.  This symbolism is very powerful, and the Door of Durin might therefore be seen as one of Initiation.  Could the Crown be that of Christ? [or that of the Illuminati Royal bloodline? Wes Penre?]  If we look at the same symbolism deployed on the Talisman of Orpheus then this parallel becomes very clear indeed:

Talisman of Orpheus

I think this helps to answer Greg Frey's point about Tolkien.  His mixture of Pagan sources and Christian belief is quite Gnostic, in the broadest sense of the word, and is in keeping with the arcane mixture of symbols that we are comparing here.  If Nibiru [sic] was the Messianic Star then its archetypal signature within the Collective Unconscious would be very strong.  Tolkien's incredible imagination would be fertile ground for its re-emergence.

The Fellowship of the Ring outside the Gates of MoriaEven if Tolkien was unconsciously applying these symbols, apply them he did.  The parallels are too striking to be entirely coincidental [I agree! Wes Penre].  But more tantalising is the possibility that he consciously applied symbols from Pagan sources that were very ancient and mysterious, ones that have been largely eradicated, or altered beyond recognition, by orthodox Christian belief.

Only through the passing down of these ancient symbols by esoteric schools such as Alchemy are we even able to make these comparisons.  Was Tolkien an Initiate, then?  I can't answer this question, but I'm tempted to think so. I would certainly be interested in researching this possibility.

Is the Crown and its companion Seven Stars equivalent to the Messianic Star, taking the guise of the dark star Nibiru [sic] and its moons?  This is a more speculative claim, but one that may be deserving of some consideration.


Aragorn's Breastplate

A similar set of symbols is deployed by Tolkien for the Kingdom of Gondor.  As well as the White Tree of Gondor, seven stars are also apparent on the Gondor flags (as pointed out to me by Martin Wells).  In this case these cannot denote the seven rings given to the dwarves, as Gondor is a kingdom of men.  But things become even more intriguing when looking at the symbols used on the breastplate of Aragorn upon his Coronation, towards the end of the movie 'Return of the King'.

Fig.1 - Aragorn's Breastplate Fig 2. - The Masonic Sun Wing Symbol

This black breastplate shows the same seven stars and crown symbol that is used on the Door of Moria, that has the Masonic connotations we have looked at.  Of course, Tolkien was himself Roman Catholic, and surely no Freemason (although Roman Catholics are sometimes Masons, I am given to understand) [Being a Roman Catholic certainly does not exclude him from being a Freemason as well, although I have not so far seen such a connection in his case. It's not well known, but like Mr. Lloyd implies here, one thing does not exclude the other. Wes Penre], but he does seem to have dipped into the iconography of the Royal Arch degree nevertheless (see above). 

It's more difficult to dismiss this 'coincidence' in the case of Aragorn's breastplate. He is, after all, the returning King, intimately connecting the meaning of the symbols with the Royal Arch. There are self-evident analogies with a Messianic return, connected with celestial imagery.  It's easy to create a meaningful link to the return of an ancient 'Royal' Planet.

Egyptian ScarabWhen I saw this symbolism in the film I couldn't help but be impressed with the Egyptian styling.  The crown looks a little like a scarab, but might also represent a Winged Disc.  The larger design below is presumably a stylised version of the White Tree of Gondor, and looks to have a central focus of a Cross, or Crucifix.  Again, this is in keeping with the 'Talisman of Orpheus', with its Crucified figure (Bacchus/Orpheus/Christ) below the semi-circle of seven stars and the crescent.

The Cross and the Tree may be inter-changeable symbols, which creates quite a striking parallel between the imagery used by Tolkien and the ancient esoteric symbols that I associate with the Dark Star.  It's a bizarre thread to develop, I know, but the symbolism speaks for itself.

The Rosicrucian Crown and Seven Stars

Greg Jenner has kindly supplied me with some examples of Masonic Symbology that correlate well with Tolkien's own.  The most striking (so far) is this one, which Greg describes as follows: "It is a certificate of membership in 'The Societas Rosicruciana' in Anglia founded in 1886 by a group of Freemasons."   This is the 'Rosicrucian Society in England'.  My copy of 'The Rungs of the Ladder' (1999) by Michael J. Stayt emphatically notes that this is not a Masonic order, but a Society of Freemasons.  Here is an image of the certificate on the left, and a detail on the right. Greg has highlighted the fiery Crown and seven stars symbolism in colour:

Regarding the nature of the Masonic Rosicrucian Society, Michael Stayt goes on to write:

"The qualification for membership is to be a Master Mason and a Christian.  Perhaps even more important is the need to be interested in the deeper subjects surrounding Freemasonry and a willingness to study them.  The Society was formed in 1865...Each of the First Order ceremonies covers a specific aspect of esoteric study and marks a specific stage in the personal development of the Frater (Brother) involved...  The Society encourages study of all arcane and esoteric subjects, but from a theoretical rather than a practical standpoint.  Time is devoted to the presentation of papers and members are exhorted to write and present papers.  These may be on any non-Masonic subject, but examples might include:...astrology, astronomy, alchemy, theosophy...and especially the Kabbalah."

Which is very interesting because there is an almost Gnostic flavour to this Christian Masonic area of study.  It feels a lot like my Dark Star theory itself, in fact, where an unusual set of symbols can be found across a wide variety of religious, esoteric and mythological disciplines, requiring a wide net to be thrown.  In the Rosicrucian certificate above, the Nibiruan [sic] symbols are elevated above the Sun, above the Zodiac and even above the Cross itself (much like the Talisman of Orpheus).  It implies an extra-solar presence.  They are also identical to Tolkien's symbolism. 

This is a remarkable find, and I'm very grateful to Greg Jenner for passing this along." 

Andy Lloyd
Andy Lloyd

© Andy Lloyd
24th January 2004

* * *

Thus ends Mr. Andy Lloyd's comments.

I am constantly getting information from readers, and as I go along I will post what is relevant and interesting in this regard. This morning, on January 2, 2005, I got an email from a person who is an initiate in the A.'. A.'., which is a group of people who study Aleister Crowley's Magick and practice it, without being a member of a specific secret society. He told me that Tolkien indeed was an initiate for some time, but was excluded because of "incompetence" (in studying and practicing Magick?). This particular Crowley adept gave me the following comparison between some of the characters in the "Lord of the Rings" and the world today:

Frodo = aspirant
Gandalf = The Secret Chief of the A.'. A.'. (Aleister Crowley)
Saruman = Golden Dawn adept (Mathers, who was the Grand Master of the Order while Crowley was alive
Sauron = Choronzon
Aragorn = Spirit
Arwen = Body
The Ring = Magick powers
Volcano = Abyss
The Ring Wraiths = Initiate in the Black Brotherhood (The Illuminati)

In this aspect it is interesting to note that Frodo, the aspirant, after had completed his work, was fully accepted by the Brotherhood, was initiated and allowed to leave his old "ordinary, ignorant human [hobbit] life" and join the Illuminated Ones. This was symbolically done when Frodo left Middle-Earth together with Gandalf and the Elves at the end of "The Return of the King". Bilbo also left (was accepted into the Order) after he had shown that he could overcome his ego and be in control over the temptation from the "One Ring of Power". His final battle with the temptation from the Ring was in Rivendell, just before Frodo decided to go alone to Mordor. At that point Bilbo passed the requirements and were initiated into the Higher Order; became Illuminated.

Also, the comparison with Gandalf and Saruman is interesting, too. Aleister Crowley [1875-1947] and S.L. MacGregor Mathers [1854-1918]  were friends at first, but became arch enemies eventually, when Crowley left the Golden Dawn and became the head of the OTO. Mathers never forgave him for bringing some of the "secret" knowledge out in the open, and the two magicians started a magic(k)al battle, which Crowley (Gandalf) won, and Mathers (Saruman) ended up as a broken man and eventually caved in mentally and physically, and died.

To me, contrary to the information I was given above, Aragorn is BODY and Arwen is SPIRIT. Arwen was half Elf and half human, which means she is "enlightened" and one of the "Old Race" (compared to the root races in Theosophy). When Aragorn became KING he symbolized the end of the Third Age (the "Old Order") and now became the first KING of the Fourth Age ("The New World Order"), the King of Man. By marrying Arwen he became "fulfilled". He was of the Illuminated Royal Bloodline, in direct line from Isildur (king Salomon). Arwen (Spirit) to me symbolizes the full circle, when the blue-blooded king of the Illuminati bloodline sits on the throne to rule over mankind, possessing secret knowledge through Arwen (Spirit).

Another interesting thing is the symbol Sauron uses - The One All-seeing Eye, compared to The All-seeing Eye of Freemasonry/Illuminati), also printed on the One-Dollar Bill:

which is the same symbol as this one:

which is the "Eye of Horus", or the "Eye of Lucifer", of Freemasonic origin.

Eye of Sauron

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were both Oxford professors and members of a society among the University professors - "The Inklings". Stories go with that this society was just a friendly meeting place for them, a relaxed club where they used to read their own books and work in progress, and discuss them. This may be correct, but if there was more to it, the following is interesting. It's taken from a lecture by Bill Cooper called "The New Covenant" and is not on the subject of Tolkien or Lewis, but about the Illuminati and their beliefs. But before we discuss that, let us look at the following names the two authors used for their book characters. We already discussed Tolkien above, but also look at the name "Galgalum" here below, meaning "The Guide". Compare it with Gollum in Tolkien's world - he who guided Frodo and Sam to Mordor.

C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis on the other hand, who wrote the books of Narnia, another fantasy world, used a Lion God (also a symbol for the "God" of the Illuminati - Satan/Lucifer). This Lion God he called Aslan, compared to the Brotherhood's "Asalam" (see below).

Walt Disney is another example; he was a 33 Degree Freemason of the Scottish Rite, and his entire life he spun threads from the Mystery Schools into the children's minds with the purpose of getting them used to the occult, for days to come. Could it be that Disney indoctrinated the kids, and Lewis and Tolkien "took care" of the indoctrination of the teenagers and the adults? Speculations, but still ...

Here below follows an extract from Bill Cooper's lecture:

...Green then was told, probably accurately, that the members of this
college, the Gnostics, had gathered across many countries, but were
united by Magnalucius's teachings, the heart of which is the secret
doctrine of the unicorn.

What is this secret doctrine?  There are interesting scriptural
parallels with it, and the biblical account of Lucifer's, or Satan's,
fall from heaven.

The first unicorn--wrapped in a cloud came he.  By a bright whirlwind
borne along, he descended gently from the heavens to the infant fields
of earth, even before the fires of its forming were yet.  Thus, did the
unicorn possess the brightness of the light that he might drive all
darkness and obscurity from him.  He was called "Asalam" --of
unicorns, the first born.  A creature fearfully wrought and wonderful to
behold, bearing a horn of spiral light that is the sign of Galgalum
the Guide. [my emphasis]

Could it be that Tolkien used the name Gollum from "Galgalum the Guide"?

Interestingly enough, former Illuminati mind controlled slaves have stated that Tolkien's epos is used by them in mind control(10). Some of the mind controlled slaves seem to obsessively look for a ring. In fact, the following extract from "The Lord of the Rings" is used to control Illuminati victims:

"One ring to rule them all,
One ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all,
And in the darkness bind them!"

There is a whole website with research on Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia". There they discuss in depth the theological aspects of the epos. It is interesting reading, and I advise you to check it out to build your own opinion. The name of the website is "Into the Depth of the Chronicles of Narnia".


(After have read the specific footnote you are interested in, click the 'back button' on your browser to go back where you were in the text)

(1) http://illuminati-news.com/moriah.htm.
(2) Dr. Ralph C. Wood, "Tolkien's Cosomogony" at http://www.leaderu.com/humanities/wood-cosmogony.html.
(3) http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Rhodes/7895/rapmay04.html
(4) http://www.illuminati-news.com/art-and-mc/used-artists.htm;
(5) Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Truth, Myth of Both?
(6) The Letters, page 202.
(7) The Letters, page 361.
(8) The Letters of J. R. R Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter, editor (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981), page 400.
(9) Jude Fisher, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Visual Companion (Boston: New York, 2001), page 57.
(10) Source: Fritz Springmeier
(11) "The Letters", page 172

More Resources:

Tolkien At the End of Time - Alchemical Secrets of The Lord of the Ring
The Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and Barfield explore Theosophy and Reincarnation

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