Over at HuffPo Religion, Pete Enns wonders whether God speaks to him and others through fiction. Although Enns is discussing “a non-literal interpretation of the bible,” which raises critical and unresolved issues of reader-responses and interpretive communities, my guess would be that if he did write, evidence for it can be found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
I once remarked to a friend that if Tolkien had claimed religious status for his works or that he was founding a new religion because a god had spoken to him, there surely would be a substantial religion today known as Tolkienism. Or would it be the Church of Rings? It would certainly make more sense than L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology, which is based on some truly horrid (and kooky) fictional writing.
Gandalf would make for an excellent prophet and The Silmarillion provides everything needed for a mystical cosmology.