Shaping Destiny: The Importance of Men in Middle Earth


The Fellowship of The King


      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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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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