Why do I love Tolkien and how his writings have changed my life

( … or the thoughts of a grown-up child… )

The mind of a child, they say, is like an open book where all the pages are blank and a skillful master of the human soul can easily fill in those “pages”, for the “ink” lays swiftly and the “reader” is ever hungry for more …

For this is the BOOK of LIFE itself !

A child grows up learning the lessons of life with awe and trust in every word written on these “pages”. Knowledge comes first through tales and ancient legends about valiant knights who fight fierce dragons and monsters to save kingdoms and beautiful princesses from the forces of the “DARK” stories about brave men and women who bring justice and peace to lands devastated by ruthless servants of the EVIL stories about great friendships, loyalty and courage, teaching us from our earliest years what is “right” and what is “wrong” stories about journeys to far-away lands – blissful realms of creatures of the “light” or dark and wasted lands where “horror” dwells…

These stories we call the lore of a nation, and for the peoples in the different parts of the world they vary because of different national traditions, customs, languages and specific ways of life.

Yet, there are a few who teach us the lessons of life, irrespectively of any national bonds. They reveal the truths about the world we share and they do it with great wisdom, patience and love and one can not but wholeheartedly believe them and learn from them. They create a UNIVERSAL lore, which stands out of national borders, out of narrow personal views and believes, OUT OF TIME!

For they are the GRAND MASTERS!

J.R.R.Tolkien is one of these Grand Masters! His works are written on the pages of The Book of Life – the book where every turned page teaches a new truth and grants wisdom and peace for the soul, and understanding and love for the others; the book that takes the spirit high when it has been crushed under the heavy burdens of the everyday life’s battle.

One reads about Tolkien’s fairy world and starts living in it. Lost faith in good returns with new strength, disappointment from betrayed friendships vanishes, disbelief in the power of love and loyalty revives… For the soul is filled with the magical tune of the Music of the Ainur and one feels proud to be the Child of Ilúvatar, and our world becomes a better place, and we get to love again, and a new force within is born, and one opens his mind and feels new strength to go on creating, loving, forgiving…… LIVING!

There is a song that says:

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say…..

And there comes a day, when a grown-up child looks back at the roads passed and sees wisdom achieved.

And then he looks at the roads that lay ahead and he believes that wherever a new road leads him, he will only learn and never lose, as long as he has the


with him…

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