Mark Eddy Smith

Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues

Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues by Mark Eddy Smith
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nonfiction Fantasy, Religion
For readers of:J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Sarah Arthur
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Print Length154
Publication DateDecember 2001
About the Book

"I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way." --Frodo Baggins, at the council of Elrond

"The mere recollection of [this phrase] can move me to tears. I have been reading this tale since I was twelve years old, taking it from my shelf every year or so and returning to Middle-earth . . . . As I get older, and learn more of what sort of person I am, and continue sojourning to the rich soil of the Shire and the high towers of Minas Tirith, I discover that many of my notions of what is good and right and noble in this world have their source in that one." - from the introduction

The Lord of the Rings offers us the 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.

About the Author

Mark Eddy Smith is the author of Tolkien’s Ordinary Virtues, Aslan’s Call and the novel Children of the Air. He’s the volunteer fiction editor for WordFarm Press and pays the bills with freelance graphic design jobs (and occasionally with royalty payments). He lives on the family homestead in New Hampshire, where he can be found most Friday nights writing at the bar at Chequer’s Villa.

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