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Ultimately in Lord of the Rings the power of evil is not destroyed by any army. It is not destroyed by military power or human strength. ‘All our hopes,’ says Gandalf at one point, ‘lie with two little hobbits somewhere in the wilderness’. Frodo and Sam enter Mordor to destroy the ring in the volcanic fires of Mount Doom. And they doubt they will return. They accept ...Continue
We live in a time when nothing is worth living for and certainly nothing is worth dying for. Everything is relative. There are no absolutes, no great truths, no heroic causes. Part of the appeal of Lord of the Rings is that it contains a sense of moral purpose. It is a world of valour, honour and courage. But in our world these things have lost their meaning. We want meaning and purpose, ...Continue
When we first meet Aragon he is a stranger in the corner of an inn. He is anonymous, unknown – even sinister. It only gradually emerges that he is the king. There is a dramatic moment in the council of Elrond when Legolas the Elf tells Boromir that he should have more respect for Aragorn, the rightful king of Gondor. There is surprise written all over the faces of the hobbits. They ...Continue
At the heart of the story is the ring and it is the ring of power. Lord of the Rings is a story about power. And it is a story about the corrupting nature of power. The ring symbolises power. And the ring corrupts those who come into contact with it. It deceives and it ensnares. Above all, humanity – ‘the race of men’ as the book keeps calling them – cannot be ...Continue
In three separate polls to mark the year 2000 Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien was voted the UK’s favourite book. More recently the books have been adapted into films under the director Peter Jackson, each becoming one of the top ten earning films of all time. Tolkien  was good friends with C. S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia stories for children and apologist for ...Continue