Article: The Spiritual Imagination of Tolkien

How Tolkien’s faith informed his art.

The piece makes a good point regarding the earthiness of Tolkien hobbit protagonists, who love their simple joys. In a story filled with powerful kings, warriors and wizards, the greatest heroes are the small, humble, rustic folk.

The respect Tolkien pays to to the hobbits, the many examples of courage and principles he ascribes to them, shows how art can serve to reinforce positive cultural values without becoming sanctimonious.

An Unexpected Journey

Sorry for a gap of few days in posting, we had a visit to make on short notice. Family manifests the richness of life. I love them all, and wish I could see more of everyone, all the time.

To continue the Tolkein motif, Gaypatriot expands on Ace’s Treebeardian wisdom on the recent election: Don’t be hasty.

The parallels our struggle is taking on to various modern mythos-Tolkien, Harry Potter, Firefly-is inspiring. The artists have foretold the outcome of the actions we are embarking on. The righteous will persevere despite overwhelming odds. Art should be full of these same type of examples.

Words To Live By

“A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down, but it is not this day. This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you ‘stand, Men of the West!'”

-JRR Tolkien