Tolkiens Ordinary Virtues
|Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues by Mark Eddy Smith|
|Author:||Mark Eddy Smith|
|Title:||Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues Exploring the Spiritual Themes of The Lord of the Rings|
|Published:||2002 by InterVarsity Press|
The Lord of the Rings offers us essential lessons in living. Here we discover ordinary virtues like generosity, pity, hospitality and rest. We meet extraordinary people like Bilbo, Gandalf, Tom Bombadil and Glorfindel. We learn about the roots of destruction in pride and betrayal. And we find the ingredients for success, such as community and sacrifice. Each of us — even the most simple — is called to a journey. We may be asked to leave behind everything we have grown dependent on. And when this is the case, the tale of Frodo and his friends offers hope that we will be given the strength and the help we need to overcome every obstacle and defeat every foe. This book will help you find the way.
description from the back-cover of the book
The author claims to have been searching for "applicabilities" rather than "allegories" found in the LotR (this statement seems to be referring to Letters #203,#215) and provides us with his personal interpretations of "spiritual themes" in the LotR. Chapter names, hence, are e.g.: Simplicity, Generosity, Friendship, Hospitality, Sacrifice, Wonder, Temptation, Failure, to name but a few. I am generally rather interested in books about spiritual aspects of life, literature, etc., but this book somehow didn't really catch me. -- ChW