All tagged Lord of the Rings
After carrying it as his own for sixty years, Bilbo has felt the weight and the slow-changing power of the One Ring. As he celebrates his Eleventy-first birthday, he has not aged visibly since he was fifty -- an effect of the Ring that leaves his friends and relatives puzzled (and envious).
In this week's chapters, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are surprised to be met by Gandalf in the midst of Fangorn Forest. He is arisen, with a new authority and strength. With him, they journey to Rohan to meet with King Theoden. When they arrive, they are unwelcome and uneasy, finding Rohan much different than before. Theoden has lived long under the spells of Saruman through Wormtongue and upon realizing this, Gandalf quickly uses his strength to free him...
After much preparation, Frodo finally says goodbye to Bag End and begins toward his new home in Buckland - and just in the nick of time it would seem! As Frodo, Sam, and Pippin set off on foot through the woods, they are closely pursued by a mysterious Black Rider which fills Frodo with dread and a nearly overwhelming desire to put on the Ring. The hobbits come across a group of Elves, among them is Gildor, who offers Frodo unsettling yet council along with food, drink, and a safe place to rest for the night.
Tolkien's profound love for Our Lord is nestled in nearly everything he wrote. And today as we remember Christ's Crucifixion, this simple reflection of Christ in Frodo's "I'm thirsty, Sam" guided me down such a beautiful path to Christ that I couldn't help but share it with you.
To the man who wrote of quaint hobbit-holes and grand kingdom halls, friendship and hospitality were valued in a heroic sense. He is often quoted, “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” And oh, how true it is.