Why Tolkien’s Wizards Work More than Magic
An organizational board on which I serve faced the pressing need to stretch already-thin resources of money, personnel, time, and energy. We needed to produce a plan to course correct, and I was tasked with leading the way. (I know, lucky me. Right?!) Ours was a desperate situation, and honestly, I felt overwhelmed.
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Use The Lord of the Rings to navigate your fight-or-flight instinct. Many characters in The Lord of the Rings resist their flight instincts to fight for courage. If Hobbits—who are of meager stature and abilities—can fight through fear, we can as well. So, read through The Lord of the Rings again to learn from its courageous…
In his book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis provides us with a profound insight into the inner-workings of undistracted friendship (i.e., enjoying friends with our smartphones safely hidden away in our pockets or purses). The inner-circle of the literary gathering known as the Inklings was J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams.
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Three Courageous Tolkien Concepts
Too often, I can be a play-it-safe kind of person.
Good doors swing open. “Should I walk through?”
Roads diverge. “Which one shall I choose?” (Often, standing still and making no decision just feels easier.)
That unique invitation arrives. “Should I accept it?”
Go boldly, or play it safe? Move out in courageous perseverance or stay frozen in fear? Puzzling, pivotal moments of decision
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A very Happy Birthday to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who was born on 3 January 1892. May his books continue to experience many happy returns!On a related note, in a 1965 letter to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien asked, “Do you think you could mark the New Year by dropping the Professor? I belong to a generation which…
In the afterword of Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tom Shippey writes:
“In a letter he wrote to his son Christopher in 1945, Tolkien remarked, ‘certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and are constantly glimpsing it’ (Letters, 110). He provided many glimpses of it himself.
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