From "The philosophy of Tolkien "by Peter Kreeft (repunctuated and emphasized).
Re. Norse Gods as Tolkien's chief pagan source:
"Odin, their model god, is not courteously good, because the God of the Bible. He is regular to power, because Sauron.
"The Vikings would never continue unvoiced the philosophy that own corrupts'. In fact, all the pagan gods, Northern (Germanic) or Southern (Mediterranean) are, because us, partly good and partly evil.
"They are angelic, or sound, not in good point but in "power" - in fact three powers:
"1. Strength aristocratic personality by a peculiar or miraculous gear.
"2. Strength aristocratic darkness (elegance, farsight and apparition).
"3. Strength aristocratic death (immortality).
"Totally modernity's unfriendliness aristocratic the past!
"If that is all that deity burial, we are now roughly divinity!"