Choosing Hope: On Eagle’s Wings

Choosing Hope: On Eagle’s Wings “The eagles are coming! The eagles are coming!” ~ The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 6 ~ Isaiah 40:31 KJV (King James Version) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be […]

Choosing Despair: Cry of Nazgul

Choosing Despair: Cry of the Nazgul To the air he had returned, summoning his steed ere the failed, and now he was come again, bringing ruin, turning hope to despair, victory to death. ~On the Captain of the Nazgul, The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 6~ The Nazgul: The Creation of the Ring […]

Eomer: When The Truth Hurts

Choosing Honesty  Given how I sometimes tend to fall behind in my bible study, I took some extra time to commit myself into the journey through Sarah Arthur’s Walking With Frodo Devotional. Now a little more than half way through the study, I examine yet another side character who knows a thing or two about honesty. […]

Choosing Deceit: The Path of Pain

Choosing Deceit: The Path of Pain  And ever Wormtongue’s whispering was in your ears, poisoning your thought, chilling your heart, weakening your limbs, while others watched and could do nothing, for your will was in his keeping.”  ~Gandalf to King Theoden, The Two Towers, Book 3 Chapter 6~ Wormtongue might not seem like much of […]

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 […]

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 […]