oh is that so?
In fact, Tolkien's devout Catholic beliefs didn't prevent him from enjoying Mary Renault's story The Last of the Wine, which dealt with an Ancient Greek man and his male lover. He may have also read, and served as an unofficial editor and critic of, Renault's The Friendly Young Ladies, which was about a lesbian couple (Renault was a former student of Tolkien's). He even wrote in a letter that he had been reading two other books by Renault (both of which focus on homosexual characters), and had shortly afterwards, and purely coincidentally, received a postcard from Renault herself, which became his favorite piece of fan mail:
I was recently deeply engaged in the books of Mary Renault; especially the two about Theseus, The King Must Die, and The Bull from the Sea. A few days ago I actually received a card of appreciation from her; perhaps the piece of 'Fan-mail' that gives me most pleasure.
-Tolkien, Letter #294
Similarly, Tolkien enjoyed the novels of Iris Murdoch, who also frequently included gay characters in her works, and was apparently bisexual herself; he was excited when he received a bit of "fan mail" from her. Clearly, if his religious beliefs predisposed him to hold negative views towards homosexuality, he didn't let that interfere with his pleasure in reading a good book.
also him being a racist
move, looking for lands where they could find some peace.
The Bree-folk were sympathetic, but plainly not very ready
to take a large number of strangers into their little land. One
of the travellers, a squint-eyed ill-favoured fellow, was foretelling that more and more people would be coming north in
the near future. 'If room isn't found for them, they'll find it
for themselves. They've a right to live, same as other folk,'
he said loudly. The local inhabitants did not look pleased at