Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Life Lessons Through Lord of the Rings

This is a little ode to my husband's favoritest favorite. We listened to The Hobbit all the way to Florida, and The Lord of the Rings all the way home. It has only taken 14 years, but my husband has finally made a minor fan of me. There's just so much beautiful catholic/christian imagery in there, I can't resist. So here's my little list of life lessons from Lord of the Rings.

1. In life, there is evil out there, scary evil. But there is also Good. noble, pure, beautiful, Good. And as Sam said in the movie, "It's worth fighting for."

2. It's the lowly, persecuted, looked down-upon, simple, seemingly ignorant and unskilled in the eyes of the world, people who often end up being the strongest people. And probably the ones who will be most honored at the Last Day.
Life Lessons Through Lord of the Rings

3. If you are greedy, and place anything above God and people, it will eventually take over you and your life, and you will look like this on the inside:

4. If you treat someone as they were meant to be, as they were created to be, not as they are right now, they may surprise you. (Frodo calling Gollum by his birthname "Smeagol")

5. The Christian life is full of hard roads, sometimes you will get weary and want to give up, but the Lady is always there to take your hand, encourage you, and urge you onward.

6. Everyone is capable of great evil, and great good. It is your choice ultimately.

7. God has given the Church the authority to withstand evil. ("You. shall not. pass!!")

8. You are much more capable than you realize.

9. Being someone of "many colors" is not always a good thing.

10. In the end, we will laugh, we will be together, and we will be happy forever. If we stick with it.


  1. Love it!! See you guys soon. XXOO

  2. This makes me remember why I was so struck by "The Lord of the Rings" - time to see it again. I look forward to your bleach blog!

  3. You forgot the best scene/line:
    There is ALWAYS hope.

  4. Great post! I also love the talk between Gandalf and Frodo about the time you live in being the one you were meant to endure and be part of...and improve.

  5. (from Chip) - I think this is what Carol is referring to -
    Frodo - (upon seeing Golum) "I wish Bilbo had killed him when he had the chance."
    Gandalf - "Many who live deserve death, and some that die deserve life - can you give it to them? Do not be so quick to deal out death and judgement. For Even the very wisest cannot see all ends."

    Frodo - "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened"
    Gandalf - "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought."