The results are in:
HAMBURG – J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” is the favourite work of literature among Germans, beating out the Holy Bible in second place, according to a national survey.
The survey by ZDF television of a quarter of a million viewers nationwide showed the Tolkien novels topped the list by an overwhelming majority.
In second place as the finest published work of all time was the Bible, followed in third place by Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth”.
Tolkien was a solid Christian. The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion were allegories to point readers to the Bible, not replace it.