Welcome to Knitted Souls!
Dedicated to celebrating the love story of Frodo and Sam
Updated!! Finally!!! (11/25/12)
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In J. R. R. Tolkienís desire to create a mythology for his homeland, he actually made one for every person, every land, and every age. The Lordof the Rings is a catechism of spiritual warfare cleverly disguised as a fantasy. The struggle against evil that takes place inside its pages is the same one that occurs even now within the soul of each person.
As we cannot leave the field of battle until death takes us from it, we should learn as much as we can about how to fight from those who have labored before us. Certainly the Red Book of Westmarch is one source to use. We may not have to sacrifice ourselves as does Gandalf, but we can learn from him and his wise counsels and from the others who he taught. Frodo guides us as well, as he makes his torturous journey to Mount Doom and endures the Ringís unceasing temptations. With him, we see that sometimes we overcome our temptations, and at other times they overwhelm us. We also learn, as he and Boromir do, to get back up and start the struggle anew. Sam shows us the height of hope and the depth of devotion. In fact, everyone in the tale, good as well as evil, has something to teach us.Find inspiration in this book to apply to your life.
"And the soul of Sam was knit to the soul of Frodo, and Sam loved him as his own soul." (paraphrase of 1 Sam 18:1)
"[Tolkien] depicts Sam and Frodo's friendship as a thing of exquisite beauty, even holiness." (Prof. Ralph C. Wood, The Gospel According to Tolkien, pg 135). Thank you, Professor! God bless you!
"To me, The Lord of the Rings depicts a powerful bond of love between two male hobbits, with the complete absence of sexuality. In that sense, it's remarkably innocent and pure. ... I remain convinced that the power of their friendship derives primarily from the purity and innocence of their love for one another." (Sean Astin, There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale, p. 246, 248). Rock on, Sean! Thank you and God bless you!
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