The Bible and traditional Christian narrative also influenced The Silmarillion . Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic. The conflict between Melkor and Eru Ilúvatar parallels that between Satan and God.  Further, The Silmarillion tells of the creation and fall of the Elves, as Genesis tells of the creation and fall of Man.  As with all of Tolkien's works, The Silmarillion allows room for later Christian history, and one version of Tolkien's drafts even has Finrod , a character in The Silmarillion , speculating on the necessity of Eru's (God's) eventual Incarnation to save Mankind.  A specifically Christian influence is the notion of the Fall of man , which influenced the Ainulindalë , the Kinslaying at Alqualondë , and the fall of Númenor .