AN ERUDITE DISCUSSION-! WELL-WORTH A READING!
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is truly a layered work; each time you read it, you can learn something new. Maybe you’ll find a nugget of Catholic theology or finally decipher the hobbits’ family tree…or maybe you’ll discover something new that will make you stop and think.
Something similar happened to me one time while reading The Lord of the Rings–I found myself stopping to consider why Men are so important. After all, of the four free peoples, Men are kind of unimpressive. They’re not immortal like Elves; they’re more easily corrupted than Hobbits, and they’re not as strong or sturdy as Dwarves. But at the same time there is something important about their presence in Middle-Earth. In The Silmarillion this is obvious; Eru (Middle-Earth term for God), or Iluvatar to give him the Elvish name, forms Men with a desire for travel and seeing…
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