Choosing Disunity:Every Orc For Himself

Choosing Disunity: Every Orc For Himself “If this nice friendliness would spread about in Mordor, half our trouble would be over.”  ~Samwise Gamgee, The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 2~  The armies of Sauron are a force not only to be reckoned with, but a power that inspires fear. They had what looked […]

Samwise Gamgee Friend & Servant Part I

Samwise Gamgee Friend & Servant Part I  “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” ~Samwise Gamgee~ Inside The Lord of the Rings trilogy, there is no character quite like this one. There is no character that I adore, admire, or respect quite like Samwise Gamgee. For it is […]

Choosing Loyalty

Choosing Loyalty  “Now they were come to the bitter end. But he had stuck to his master  all the way; that was what he had chiefly come for, and he would still stick to him. his master would not go to Mordor alone.”  ~The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 3~  Everyone needs a Sam, at […]

Gollum: Mankind Bound By Sin (Part II)

Gollum: Mankind Bound By Sin (Part II)  Last week we talked about the important lessons we could learn from the character of Gollum in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. We learned that: Gollum teaches us a very important lesson in terms of relationships as well as humility, and thankfulness. Relationships – Our relationship with God should […]

Gollum: Mankind Bound By Sin ( Part I)

Gollum: Mankind Bound By Sin (Part I)  Looking at Smeagol, who most of us better know as Gollum, I cannot help but feel this character is perhaps the closest to humanity in terms of our struggles with temptation. This is why it seemed only fitting to explore this rather decrepit looking Lord of the Rings […]

The Bitter Ways Of Betrayal

The Bitter Ways Of Betrayal “We’ll be nice to them, very nice, if they’ll be nice to us, won’t we, yes, yes.”  ~ Gollum from The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 1 ~   When I First Saw Gollum I… Gollum is perhaps the most complex and conflicted character within Tolkien’s works. Sharing Frodo’s humble […]

Walking With Integrity

Walking With Integrity “Yet he felt in his heart that Faramir, though he was much like his brother in looks, was a man less self-regarding, both sterner and wiser.” ~ The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 5~ Sarah Arthur, in her writing of integrity sums it up in a single word. That word, is integrated. […]

Frodo: The Sin Bearer (Part II)

Frodo: The Sin Bearer (Part II) Last time we examined how Frodo bore a likeness to Jesus Christ in terms of the burden he bore, his hesitation to do so, and his humble acceptance of the difficult task of saving a world in need. This week, we will be examining the living sacrifice Frodo Baggins acted […]