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\'\'\'Author\'s Preface\'\'\' In a draft letter written in 1954 Tolkien denied that there was any “religion” in Middle-earth (Letters: 193).1 However he was referring to the existence of an organised religion with buildings, priestly cults, etc.: In fact there is much evidence of religion in The Lord of the Rings. In page 13 of The Road Goes Ever On Tolkien wrote about Elvish songs in praise of Elbereth, “The Elves sing hymns to her,” and then commented,” (These and other references to religion in The Lord of the Rings are frequently overlooked).”2 In a small way I would like to remedy this “overlooking.”