Is it not strange that Tolkien didn't use any Catholic (Latin) theology/history as source material? Wasn't he a devout Catholic?
- Hans-Georg Lundahl
- Converted to Roman Catholic Church, Novus Ordo version, then to Trad.
- Answered just now
- He very much did use Catholic theology as source material, for the general feeling of events : providence, free will, sin and temptation are very present all over the material.
If you get to close analysis or ask on his own opinion on things, it is very Thomistic.
However, as to Catholic history in the sense of Church history, that would be events which would have happened later than the supposed time of the legendarium (like conventional evolutionism, he provides an image with 4004 BC already having a long history before itself - but in the case of the legendarium, one in which valar, maiar, elves and men do bring back “male and female” to “the beginning of creation”.