Choosing Control: Saruman’s Power

Choosing Control: Saruman’s Power “As the power grows, its proved friends will also grow; and the Wise, such as you and I, with patience come at last to direct its course, to control it.”  ~Saruman to Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 2 ~ The quest for greatness continues this week. Only […]

Choosing Bondage: King Theoden

Choosing Bondage: King Theoden  “Now lord,” said Gandalf, “look out upon your land! Breathe the free air again!” – Gandalf to King Theoden, Book Three, The Two Towers, Chapter Six – Rohan’s king, when we first see him, is rather pitiful. Hunched over, hair wild, beard uncombed, pasty skinned, and eyes clouded over King Theoden […]

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 Forgiveness

  Choosing Forgiveness “Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”  ~Haldir, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2  Chapter 6 ~  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only […]

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 […]