The Secret Fire

John Garth observes that an entry in Tolkien’s early lexicon of the Elvish language of Quenya helps explain the image of the “Secret Fire” in his creation-myth, the mysterious entity that at once dwells “with Iluvatar” and yet in the act of creation is also sent to “burn at the heart of the world”: “Sā, ‘fire, especially in temples, etc.’, is also ‘A mystic name identified with the Holy Ghost’” (Garth, Tolkien and the Great War, 255)

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