Chapter One: An Unexpected Party-Part Two

The instant Bilbo disappears in chapter one, every single guest at the party bursts into conversation. Most of the talk was of how crazy Bilbo is. Frodo just sits and laughs quietly at the amusement of the guests.

As Frodo sits and ponders, he begins to think about Bilbo’s little trick a little harder. He realizes how much he cares for Bilbo. I like to think Frodo in that moment started to wonder what would happen to him if Bilbo really was gone. If Bilbo really had disappeared and would never return. That is what makes him realize how sad he would become if Bilbo left this world in such a quick flash as his trick.

Tolkien makes a large deal about the clothes Bilbo changes into when he returns to Bag End. He describes the nice, embroidered party clothes he removes and the old, tattered clothes that replace them. Thinking about this, ask yourself, Why would someone who has such nice and expensive things change into old, dirty clothes on such an occasion as an important birthday? No one would even change into dirty clothes on their worst day unless it was their last resort.

Tolkien explains further in a way that makes us realize that the clothes Bilbo puts on are the same as those he word on his adventures with the dwarves. Think about the symbolism behind the clothing. Bilbo had never really been one to wear expensive things and look fancy. We can tell this by the way he is constantly giving to those around him, thinking not of himself, but others. Also, it says that Bilbo rapped up his fine linen clothing and put it carefully away, this makes it seem as though he hasn’t even worn it before, he still has the packaging it came in.

The clothes he wore on his journey symbolize his old self. The part of him the was “more Took-ish.” These clothes show all the wear and tear of an adventure, of which you would never experience behind the borders of the Shire. This tells us that he is not planning to stay in the Shire, which we can also assume by the other things he was said to have gathered together upon returning to Bag End. Also, those old clothes represent his old self. Bilbo is choosing to embrace that of his past and leave what home he has already.

Bilbo soon verifies this theory himself as he converses with Gandalf. He tells Gandalf he is going on a holiday and doesn’t mean to come back.

Taking a step back for a moment: Before Gandalf shows up, Bilbo puts his ring in an envelope and sets it on the shelf, then just after he takes it out again. At this point for most people (who don’t already know the story by heart, but have read the Hobbit), we can tell that there is something about the ring that isn’t quite the same as it was in the Hobbit. Bilbo can’t seem to detach from the ring, but this could also just be a simple man who doesn’t want to separate from such a sentimental treasure.

During Bilbo’s conversation with Gandalf, we hear another famous line.

“I feel sort of stretched, Gandalf…like butter scraped over too much bread.”

Let’s analyze this a bit, shall we?

Think about it. When you take just a knife full of butter and try to spread it over your entire toast, it eventually thins out to the point where it has no point. It doesn’t give it the flavor you intended. Bilbo here could be meaning that as he goes along, spending his days in the Shire (gliding his knife across the bread), he feels that his knife is going to continue gliding through his life, never lifting itself off to obtain more butter, never adding more to his now dull life. He feels like all this time spent idling away is stretching him, making him become more and more thin as his adventurous life is left behind him. He is only spreading his butter, dragging it in circles, going no where. This is what he uses to describe why he needs to leave.

After such marvelous and terrible adventures. How can one go back to a normal life completely?

Tolkien writes in one line that, to me seems a bit humorous on his part. Gandalf tells Bilbo that no one will read his story (which we know is actually what the Hobbit book is, technically). This makes me laugh a bit, because we know that thousands of people read the Hobbit. It’s almost as if Tolkien is making a joke about how successful his book actually was. Just a random thought.

Bilbo then says that Frodo would come with him, if Bilbo asked him. But he also says that Frodo is not ready. I compare this to our existence before earth life. Not all of us are born on earth at the same time, obviously. So this represents that we will all have a chance on earth, just that some of us aren’t ready at the same time as others. Just like how on earth we don’t all progress at the same rate.

The next bit is almost word for word in the movie. Gandalf and Bilbo discuss the ring and what its fate is to be. Bilbo calls the ring his “precious” just as Gollum had. This definitely tells us something is up. The ring starts to look more and more like a poison. Or an addiction. If this ring is causing such a respectable man to become like such a sad, pathetic creature, then there is definitely something about that ring that is not right for the mind.

Bilbo and Gandalf soon agree to leave the ring with Frodo. This tells us a TON about the type of person Frodo is. They trusted him enough to leave him such a powerful and dangerous weapon. They had to have had total faith in Frodo as a person to take care of this ring. So they leave it for him (after Bilbo tries to take it with him first, of course).

Bilbo and Gandalf say their goodbyes and Bilbo is off, singing as he goes. Which song is a very deep sort of poetry. It ends with “And whither [the road goes] then? I cannot say.” This means that he has no idea where his journey is going to take him, but yet still he goes. No one knows where their road will take them, we simply have to follow and discover for ourselves where it will go.

The next day, after Frodo had discovered Bilbo left the day before (as Bilbo had told him he was planning on doing), Frodo finds that Bilbo had written out what things he owned that he was giving away. (He even gave things away to the Sackville-Bagginses!)

This chapter ends with a conversation between Frodo and Gandalf. Gandalf explains that Frodo is to soon go out into the world on a sort of small journey. They discuss what is to happen and Gandalf tells him that he will return one day to let Frodo know when it is the time to leave. And so Frodo waits until it is his time to go into the world.


Chapter One: A Long Expected Party: Part One

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring starts, we hear the connection between the Hobbit and the trilogy to come. It discusses Bilbo and the theories and conspiracies that came about throughout his time up until the Lord of the Rings starts. (Considering the length of this first chapter, I am going to split it in half.)

People had believed that Bilbo was far too rich and forever young. They thought it unnatural and would reap great consequence. From this we can see a little of what Shire life is like.

Hobbits never left Hobbiton, much less return with great wealth and treasures after such a long time. It just wasn’t natural, especially considering the amount of dwarves that visited at first and the world renowned Gandalf the Grey. It also shows us how small their society was. Everyone knew everyone, everyone knew each other’s business and wanted to take part in the gossip. That is quite like what small towns are.

Bilbo’s strangeness was forgotten by many because of his generosity with his money. He had also developed many close friends. One of those being his young cousin, Frodo.

Bilbo adopted Frodo when Bilbo was ninety-nine. That means Frodo only lived with Bilbo for twelve years. That’s actually a bit longer for Hobbits than for men, considering they become adults when they are already in their thirties. Being in their twenties was considered their teenage years.

We soon learn that Bilbo and Frodo have the same birthday (which is what Bilbo says is his reason for wanting Frodo near). Their birthday is September 22nd (this is why that day is considered Hobbit day, so mark your calendars! 😀 ).

This particular birthday was a big one for both Bilbo and Frodo. Frodo was to become an adult, thirty-three; and Bilbo was turning 111, which Tolkien writes as “a curious number,…” That meant something big was planned.

We are soon introduced to Ham “Gaffer” Gamgee and his youngest son Sam. These two had both tended the garden at Bag End. Gaffer had done it for forty years. Sam took over. We also learn that Sam and Frodo are close friends.

A good majority of this first chapter is a discussion among Gaffer and his neighbors. They discuss Bilbo, Frodo and the death of Frodo’s parents.

We hear the story of Drogo and his wife, who went out fishing one night, and both drowned. Few of the others say what rumors they heard, some being nasty bits about Drogo being pushed and his wife pulling him after her. They also discuss how and why Frodo was taken in, how Frodo is related to Bilbo on both sides and the generosity of Bilbo doing such a deed for an orphaned Hobbit. The group also discusses how the Sackville-Bagginses will never get Bag End now, and that it is a good thing. (It seems that no one rather likes those people).

A stranger joins in on the talk of Bilbo and he states the theory that Bilbo has tunnels filled with gold and treasure. Gaffer does not believe the tales, he was even there when Bilbo’s stuff was being auctioned off. Bilbo only returned with a few chests. Some others retort saying Bilbo is off and gone very often and wouldn’t doubt he returns with more treasure. They discuss the many visits from dwarves and Gandalf.

Then Gaffer continues by stating how great a man Bilbo really is. He says that many rich people wouldn’t even offer a drink to a friend, whereas Bilbo is inviting all to his party and even giving them all presents. If that’s weird, Gaffer could do for some more of it.

On the chapter goes, discussing the preparations being made for the big party. Dwarves show up with tons of things and then so does Gandalf. All the children know of his fireworks, though they had never even seen them and Gandalf never stayed long. Everyone knows that there are to be fireworks at the party.

Then there is a little piece of the chapter with a very short conversation between Gandalf and Bilbo. Bilbo says he means to follow through with his plan, of which we don’t know what it is at this point. Gandalf tells him to follow through with all of it and then Bilbo says he will have quite a laugh at his joke at the party. I wonder what this little joke is?

Thousands of invitations were written and given out. Bilbo became buried in acceptance and thank you letters for the invites. What’s great is that Bilbo really did have a sign on his gate that said No Admittance Except on Party Business.

A whole field was filled with tents and gates. An entire tree was covered by a pavilion and lanterns were hung from all the branches. Then the day finally arrived.

On birthdays in Hobbiton, the one having a birthday gives presents to everyone else. Usually they aren’t too expensive or big, but Bilbo’s were huge, some even magical, and sent from the Lonely Mountain or Dale themselves, hand made by the dwarves.

The party was huge. The fireworks, hand made by Gandalf, were beautiful, magical and amazing in every way. There was food everywhere. Bilbo and Frodo had a special family dinner that included some close friends such as Gandalf. Even the Sackville-Bagginses were there. It was a party not to be missed.

Then Bilbo gives a speech. A speech which everyone had been dreading up until he actually gives it, at which time they are content to hear it. Tolkien is even very specific about the position in which Bilbo stands. (One hand waving, the other in his pocket. We can guess why he would have his hand in his pocket.)

Bilbo gives a speech much different than expected. He says his famous line I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. My favorite part of that being how Tolkien writes, “…but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment.”

Everyone gets bored very quickly. They are ready to move on and are expecting some sort of boring poetry or song. But Bilbo does not sing or recite. He pauses for a moment. Then he says he would like to make an announcement, which he speaks so loudly everyone is startled.

Then he says:

I regret to announce that–though, as I said, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you–this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!

And this is where I end this section. And this is when Bilbo disappears into thin air.

Lord of the Rings: A Journey Together

Okay, let me start off by asking: How many of you have ever read a section in Lord of the Rings and completely spaced it the entire way through? Or how many of you know someone who has almost no clue what the Lord of the Rings is even about? Or even knows who is who? There are a lot of people who watch or read the Lord of the Rings and completely don’t understand parts of, or maybe even the entire thing.

What I would like to do is take each of you on a journey through the Lord of the Rings book chapter by chapter. Explaining what I think it means or what it is about. I’ll explain some of the parts that are confusing or don’t make much sense. Maybe we can even spark a discussion in the comments about what you think a certain passage means or how you feel about the chapter. Feedback is always welcome.

So, I think I’m up for an adventure! Let’s understand this book together and learn to love it even more! (If that’s even possible!)

Meriadoc: The Responsible Hobbit

Merry is the logical Hobbit between him and Pippin. He is constantly trying to keep Pippin out of trouble. Merry’s best attribute is his desire to fight for what is right. He sees all this fighting and death around him and all he wants is to help his friends.

The instant the black riders come after the Hobbits just outside of Hobbiton, Merry knows that there is something Frodo has that they are after. In the book, Merry actually knew about the ring, or rather saw what it did. One day, Merry saw Bilbo put on the ring, after that, he sent Sam to go investigate and listen to what happens in Bag End (that means Sam really was dropping eaves! 😉 ). Merry had an idea what was going on from the very beginning. It isn’t until later that he realizes the magnitude of the situation.

We get a clue at how ignorant he starts off. When at Weathertop, he foolishly lights a fire with his buddies, not realizing that he can’t have all the many regular meals whenever he wants anymore, especially when there are nine evil Sauron’s servants tracking them.

When Merry sees Frodo leaving the fellowship at Amon Hen, he immediately understands and tries to lead the orcs away from him. He completely disregards his own safety for the sake of his friend. He realizes later that his carelessness in his attempt to save one friend resulted in the death of another. This could be one of the reasons he was so fixated on helping his friends in battle, because he doesn’t want to feel as though he can’t do any good.

When Hobbits are with Treebeard, Merry is trying to convince Treebeard to fight with them. He figures that the size of the ents would be the perfect strategic advantage. When Treebeard takes an entire day, completely disregarding something that is so important to Merry, it frustrates him to the point where he feels that he really can’t do any good in this war that has taken over normal life. He pretty much gives up. Thankfully for him, Pippin managed to convince Treebeard to head toward Isengard, where he sees the destruction Saruman has caused.

If it weren’t for this tender mercy, Merry wouldn’t have ever made it into battle, defending what he believes in and helping his friends. Merry is an example of our willingness and drive to do what’s right and help others. We all want something, we all should want what’s best for those we care about.

Merry realizes fully the extent of the damage Sauron has brought to the world when he sees his closest friend forced to leave him. Seeing Pippin struggle against such evil, suffer from such a trial, he realizes how much he cares for Pippin and doesn’t want him to have to ever suffer at the hands of such evil.

Imagine. Remember the way Pippin reacted when he was holding the Palentir? He struggled, he couldn’t even let go. If this were your brother, sister, closest friend or relative, how would that make you feel? Personally, it would scare me to death! I would never want to see anyone, let alone my closest friend have to deal with such a thing.

You could compare this to seeing your family members go through trials. Maybe you have a family member struggling with addiction, or health problems, or maybe even lost someone you loved to a disease or an accident and it hurt someone you care about to the point where you don’t know what will happen to them or if they will recover from such hardships.

When you see your family suffer, it changes what is important to you. When once you only cared about all your meals and having a good laugh or pipeweed, you now want only to save your friends and family and get rid of what things cause them pain.

We see Merry’s enthusiasm best when he is with Eowyn on the way to Pellenor. He is training, practicing, and preparing to fight for his loved ones. His enthusiasm grows dramatically as he gets better and better and sees that he does have the potential to do good. When Theoden tells him that he cannot come to battle, it’s as if he is reliving the moment when he thought Treebeard would just take him home. Only this time he doesn’t have Pippin to say something clever to help him. He realizes how much he needs Pippin in his life only to feel like he will never see him again.

Eowyn becomes his next tender mercy. When he feels like no one will take him with them to fight, Eowyn sweeps in to give him his chance.

Through Merry’s characterization, we can see that we do have a chance to help our loved ones. We may feel like there is no way we can do anything for them. What can I do to stop someone from using drugs or alcohol? I can’t just tell them to stop or take it from them. I have no control over their choices. While some of that is true, we still have the power to be an influence and example in their lives. They know what they are doing is not right, but without you by their side, they might never stop or get better. Simply being there for them can do a lot. We just have to support them and help them when they ask for it.

Even though it isn’t likely for someone who is struggling to ask for help, we can still do something. Maybe drop a comment here and there. Mention little things that touch lightly on the subject and try to spark a conversation that will get them realizing they need help or asking for help. It is never too late.

Merry shows us that we should want what’s best for our family, biological or otherwise. There is always something we can do. We can’t give up on them. And even when we feel like it’s over, God will help us get back on the saddle. He will provide those tender mercies that will keep us going. And we will never have to worry about waiting on the edge of a battle we can’t escape.

Eomer: Ultimate Older Brother

Eomer is yet another one of my favorite characters. When we first meet him, he is not a very likable character. The three hunters are the first to encounter him and the riders of Rohan. You can tell that there is something on his mind that is troubling him, and he covers it with anger. The encounter is a short one, the three hunters simply wanted to know if they saw Merry and Pippin.

We soon find out that Eomer has been banished from Edoras, at the hands of his own uncle, who we know is not in his right mind. When Gandalf goes to Edoras, Theoden is liberated. Eomer now is free to return, though he doesn’t know it.

One of the best scenes is when Gandalf brings the Riders of Rohan to Helms Deep. As Eomer rides down the mountain, his face is terrifying! It’s no wonder the orcs started to panic and want to run away. Eomer is so passionate about saving his people.

Eomer’s role in the story is strengthened on the path toward Minas Tirith. Eowyn has put faith in Merry, whom she sees herself in. Eomer tells her that she and Merry know nothing of war. Eomer says this because he never EVER wants his sister to ever have to see the pains, horrors, and death of war. He hides his loving intentions with anger because he truly cares for her. He does what all men did at the time, showed his strength and manliness by hiding emotion.

My favorite, most heart wrenching scene is when Eomer finds his sister on the battlefield at Pellenor. He screams his lungs out, thinking she is dead. The emotion in that scene is massive. You can feel his pain. I love that scene! Acting done right! In this scene, he disregards the manly emotion hiding that he has stayed true to. It shows that love for family is more important than status.

As Eowyn is healing, Eomer is worried beyond belief. He is concerned for the health and safety of his only sister. And now that his uncle is dead, he is forced to take his place as king. To see him spending most of his time watching over his sister instead of tending to his new duties as king tells us that family is his first priority. He learned this when he thought his sister had died. He realized that his pushing her away only provoked rebellious actions.

Eomer represents our tendency to push others away in order to protect them. We learn from him that our families need our love and not our pushing. He also shows us that our families always love us, no matter how we treat them or they treat us. No matter what, we are loved.


Haldir: The Under-appreciated Elf

Haldir is by far one of my favorite characters in the Lord of the Rings. (And Craig Parker who plays him is a nice guy too! Thank you Salt Lake Comic Con! 😉 ) He doesn’t play a very big role, but he is very important character in some ways.

Haldir, if you don’t know, is the elf whom the fellowship first meet when they stumble on Lothlorien. He is the one with the famous line, “the dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark.”

The most important scene Haldir is in is the battle at Helms Deep. Everyone thinks they aren’t going to make it out, but then the elves show up. Haldir nobly helps the men, whose lives are almost irrelevant compared to his. He did not have to do that at all. Even worse (*spoilers* for those who haven’t watched), it ends in his death.

The best/worst scene of his is the death scene. Good as in the symbolism and acting, bad as in depressing! Anyway, when Haldir is hit in the back by an orc, he starts to realize what is happening. He sees all the dead elves around him, his friends and relatives. He realizes that death isn’t impossible for him. Just because he can live forever, doesn’t mean he can’t be killed. He feels death slowly encompassing him, it makes the watcher realize how close death is for all these important characters. Death can come to anyone, being a main character doesn’t save you from it.

This scene is much like the scene with Legolas, just less subtle. It is another motivating death, like Gandalf’s and Boromirs. It is not meant for the watcher to put themselves in his place, but in the place of all those who see the death and are motivated to fight harder for him. Death shouldn’t cause us to give up, but to fight harder.

The one that ends up with Haldir dying in his arms is Aragorn. Aragorn tends to be the one witnessing the death of those he loves. Since he is the Christ-like character in the situation, he is the one he is saddened by the brutal death of those he cares for, like how Christ loves all his spirit brothers and sisters. Aragorn sees death happen to Elves and Men, this shows how Christ loves us no matter our background, no matter our race. Haldir is a supporting character meant to strengthen Aragorn’s character. While also motivating us specifically.

What Do YOU Think?

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Aragorn: Ranger, Strider, King

Aragorn is much like Gandalf in many ways. Just as Gandalf is symbolic of Christ, Aragorn has his own similarities to our savior as well. Aragorn is a king, just as Christ is to us.

Aragorn first shows up in Bree as what the hobbits think is just Strider. The hobbits are misled by the appearance of Aragorn, just like the apostles didn’t recognize Christ after his resurrection.

Throughout the first part of the journey, the hobbits are suspicious of Aragorn and aren’t sure if they should be trusting him. They had no choice but to follow him to Weathertop. Once they see that they can trust Aragorn when he fights off the Black Riders, they don’t really have the time to see Aragorn for who he is, because they are worried for Frodo. Often when we have trials and worries, we forget to look to Christ, the one who saved us.

When the fellowship go through Moria, after Gandalf fell, Aragorn had to take the place of Gandalf as the leader of their group, which he does humbly. Just like Gandalf did, Aragorn still lets Frodo make the decisions, like we are free to make decisions on earth. At Amon Hen, when Frodo makes the decision to leave on his own is an example of this.

When Boromir is felled by three arrows, Aragorn is the first to make it to him. He stands by him until his last breath, and lets him know that he is forgiven for his actions. Boromir then realizes who Aragorn is, in a sense. He realizes the king Aragorn will be.

Aragorn is an excellent tracker. This shows Aragorn’s knowledge of where he is going in life. He knows his purpose, he is to be king, but he doesn’t flaunt the idea around. He is humble. Christ also knew what his purpose on earth was.

Notice how the first thing Aragorn does is make sure Merry and Pippin are all right. His first priority is the safety of those he was left to watch over. He feels responsible for them and loves them like Christ loves us. Christ’s ultimate goal is our spiritual well-being and safety.

After Aragorn sees that Merry and Pippin are safe, he heads to Edoras with Gandalf, Gimli and Legolas. While he is there, he is able to witness the ways Gandalf handles hard situations. Aragorn steps down from his leadership role and leaves Gandalf to take charge again. We don’t see too many significant actions from Aragorn until he and Gandalf are no longer in company with each other. They sort of combine together to form all the aspects of Christ.

The rallying of the Army of the Dead is one of Aragorn’s most significant roles in the Lord of the Rings. His power of the ghosts shows that he is a part of death and life. Christ was resurrected, his body made perfect, making him part of heaven and earth. He is far more powerful than anything, he simply chooses to teach his people through humility and earthly weakness. Aragorn was a perfect example of power and humility.

Aragorn is also a healer. He was the only one who could heal Eowyn after she was injured so deeply. Christ also has the power of spiritual and physical healing. The physical healing from Aragorn symbolizes the healing Christ did on the earth. Only Christ can remove sin from us. Through Christ, all things are made possible.

When Aragorn finally becomes king is similar to when Christ is resurrected.

You may be thinking, “I thought Gandalf was supposed to symbolize Christ.” Well, he does. But just as Christ used many different parables to teach basically the same principles, Tolkien represented Christ with more than one character. People learn in different ways. That is why there are different parables. What may touch one person, might not affect another. Therefore, there needs to be more than one representation of important things.

Most importantly, we see Aragorn face trial. When Frodo offers Aragorn the ring, he has to resist the temptation to take it. We see Christ experience a similar thing. Satan tries to tempt Christ in any way he can, and Christ is able to resist it. It wasn’t necessarily easy for Christ to resist, or else it wouldn’t have been temptation. He did, however, know his decision beforehand, therefore, he was able to resist when the moment presented itself.

Gandalf is sort of the representation of Christ’s life in sequence, Aragorn is representing Christ’s roles and works on the earth. Aragorn has always been the most noble of all characters, not only out of Tolkien’s characters, but of almost all fantasy novels. Aragorn will always be the one true king.

Eowyn: Tolkien’s Strong Female Character

In Tolkien’s books, Eowyn is almost the only female character with a strong role. Arwen, Galadriel, and Rosie Cotton are few who are only briefly mentioned. Eowyn was described as:

“Thus Aragorn for the first time in the full light of day beheld Éowyn, Lady of Rohan, and thought her fair, fair and cold, like a morning of pale spring that is not yet come to womanhood.”

Although Aragorn did not love Eowyn the way he loved Arwen, her beauty still affected him. The way she is described is a symbol similar to the night coming to morning. The sun has not yet come up on her role in the story of life. This part of the story in a way foreshadows the importance of Eowyn as a character entwined in a large story affecting every character.

When reflecting on Eowyn as being the only strong female character in the Lord of the Rings, I started to wonder. I wondered if Eowyn could have been inspired by the women that would sneak into the war at the time that Tolkien fought. Maybe he knew personally a girl that had made a lasting impact on the outcome of his experience. Since I don’t know really anything about Tolkien’s time at war, I will leave that as just a thought.

Eowyn represents how even the most beautiful thing on the world is affected by great evil. It pained her so much that it made her want to be rid of it. She defied all that she had grown up to believe. Just imagine for a moment. Eowyn has grown up royalty. Although she doesn’t have her real father, she has her uncle, who actually becomes far more over protective. Without her own parents, the men in her life feel it their responsibility to watch over her and refuse to see that she has grown up.

In a way, we all have this inside us. We all want more than to simply sit and wait, expecting horrible news, not knowing if our loved ones are safe. When we feel like we have been idling away our time, we feel that we need to do something. Especially when our loved ones are off facing trials and hardships.

Eowyn hardly encounters Gandalf, who we know symbolizes Christ. This could mean that her distance from her savior lead her to a near fatal trial. Or it could mean that she went off to discover Christ for herself. To find out who he is to her and what this battle could mean for her should she choose to fight for good, to fight for the good of all.

In Tolkien’s time, women were still seen as the homemakers and mothers (of know purposeful sexist attempt on Tolkien’s part). Because of this war, Eowyn wasn’t able to become what the world thought she should be. And that started making her wonder what her roles in life really were. Was her only purpose really to be a mother? (which is one of the most important roles a woman can have, seeing as it brings God’s children into this world, don’t get me wrong.) If she never became a mother, what was she to do with her life? She decided that going out into the world to discover herself was better than sitting around waiting for it to come to her.

Eowyn shows independence and choice. We were given freedom to choose as a result of God’s plan for us, that means that we all have that freedom, regardless of gender, race, or anything the world says should determine our rights.

Tolkien’s message strikes harder with having one single, large-role, female character. With there being just one, it draws more attention to it. When thinking of the roles of women in the Lord of the Rings, you would automatically turn to Eowyn, thus leading to this message Tolkien left us.

Disregarding gender for a moment, if Eowyn’s character had been a man, it would have lost all the attention deserved and destroyed the purpose of Eowyn’s character. Trying to show the affects of evil to the most beautiful things of this world would not have worked with a male character, simply because men don’t have the natural characteristic of beauty that women do.

Simply stated, Eowyn is one of the most important charcters in Tolkien’s world. She represents so much in the trials of life. When she finally overcomes the trials in her life, she realizes that she had blocked out the love of others simply because she wasn’t sure what love truly was. She realized that she didn’t love Aragorn with a marriage type of love, simply a love like unto our love for Christ. By finally putting that behind her, she was able to see and feel the love that was right in front of her.

Faramir became her true love, and the only way she could find that love was to overcome the trials of life that were stopping her. It is much like Tolkien’s own story. He didn’t marry his wife until he returned from war. War affects all the characters, just like temptations and sin affect each of us. We just need to learn how to overcome them in order to be happy.