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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

"I Wonder What Sort of a Tale We've Fallen Into?”

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien,
The Lord of the Rings

There is much that is dark in our lives these days.  There are times that are troubled and frightening.  We are going places we've never been, putting our hopes in people we haven't met and stepping out our door into a lot of unknown.  Times like these find me escaping, when I am able, to familiar places with beloved friends and prose.  Tolkein's trilogy soothes me on profound levels

“The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet it is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: Small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

My Christian friends will no doubt wonder why it isn't the Bible I am turning to, but I never said I wasn't.  I am and I do, there is indeed comfort and wisdom there and my prayers are unceasing.  But it isn't where I find my solace.  The balm for my soul lies in old friends in the books I've loved my whole life.   Is it escapism?  Is that bad?  I think not.
 
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. “I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which 'Escape' is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“Fairy tale does not deny the existence of sorrow and failure: the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance. It denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat...giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy; Joy beyond the walls of the world, poignant as grief.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien

I have always found the wisdom of Gandalf profound and simple, full of compassion and hope,  no less soothing to me than some of the Psalms of David.

“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.” 
 ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
 “The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.   But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings  

We all have our coping mechanisms and reading is mine.  Not just reading, rather the picking up of the beloved and the familiar, dark books filled also with joy and humor and friendship and triumph.  Among story lines filled with the same things we face in our own world, my books carry me along the difficulties of the protagonists and bring me through along with them as I know we will come through our own difficulties.

“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien

 “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
 

1 comments:

Lori January 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM  

I love you. That is all.

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