Summer in the North

I’d like to take this time to share with you the very beginning of the main story line in my book, which I shared a bit of with you earlier in this blog.

For a better understanding of what my book is about, here is a synopsis. (I apologize if I posted this earlier.)

The first book in my intended trilogy, Deception Diary is titled Manifold Nature. It is about a girl named Summer Winters who is a Mancunian teenager who just moved to Utah. She is uncomfortable living somewhere so different from her hometown, and more than that the reason her family left. Not long after she moves to Utah, she finds herself unexpectedly taken to a land called Borialis. Borialis is a place where many different humanoid, intelligent species live. Summer begins a long journey in which she discovers who she really is and learns of a prophecy stating that she will save not only what she has grown up to know as earth, but all the other lands on this massive planet as well.

Summer discovers that Borialins have abilities that humans don’t, making the enemy more powerful than she thinks she can fight. Along the way, Summer makes new friends and discovers that some of them are family, and some of them are not who they say they are. Throughout her journey, she will lose many friends to lost morals and even death. All her life, Summer has felt like she doesn’t belong, and as she spends more time in Borialis, she isn’t sure if she will ever belong anywhere. Her lack of self confidence will become an obstacle in her progression, causing her to be unsure if she has the strength to fulfill the prophecy she was born into.

So, with that said, here is how my book will start and PLEASE I would LOVE some feedback! Did you feel like you could continue reading? Did you feel like you just had to figure out what she was talking about? I want to hear from you! Thank you!

Summer grasped desperately for the door’s handle, shaking violently, unsure if she could manage control over her seizuring limbs. The pounding of her heart was deafening in the abnormal silence that befell after the tragedy she had just witnessed. Her mind raced, trying to decide if the memory from moments earlier had actually happened. Suddenly, her quick breathing came to her awareness, instantly causing a panic that she might stop breathing if she lost her focus.

Almost in a daze, she clambered through the house, unsure of the speed in which she shuffled to her room. She almost didn’t remember tripping up the steps, the touch of the cool door handle and the quick twist of the lock. The sudden shift in temperature was the only indicator that she had jumped beneath the covers on her bed; she hadn’t realized the amount of shivering her body had reached until it jerkily stopped.

Thoughts screamed in her head, she became suddenly aware of her mind’s capacity for thought and memory, both of which were skewed. Had that actually happened? Her mind began to shut out communication with her body, being alone awakened the many languages of the mind. Shakily, she dug her arm out from the blankets,reaching for something, anything to relieve her thoughts from the crowded prison inside.

What she grabbed was her journal. Despite her lack of writing talent, this was the only way she could let her thoughts breathe. She had to get the events out of the maze inside and into line before her. Here goes. She thought. Her pen smoothly slid across the paper as she wrote the date.

I hope you enjoyed! I want to know if this book is worthy of publishing! I already know, obviously, that I would read it, mostly because I wrote it granted, but I also know others have different opinions. Thanks again!

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Chapter Two: The Shadow of the Past-Part One

For a long time after Bilbo left, all over Hobbiton his disappearance was discussed. Most believed he had finally cracked and gone mad. Frodo turned out to be much like Bilbo; always keeping to himself, acting strange. He continued to throw birthday parties for Bilbo, although many had presumed him dead. They all blamed Gandalf for the way Frodo and Bilbo acted. They didn’t seem to realize that Gandalf was giving them both the essential push towards a prosperous and wonderful life. If the hobbits never know evil, they will never grow to understand good.

After Bilbo left, Frodo became very distant. He spent most of his time with only three people. Often he would wander off alone, which Pippin and Merry theorized as him going off with the elves as Bilbo had. He had become more and more like Bilbo. He even showed no signs of aging as Bilbo had. This means also that Frodo would have started carrying the heavy temptation at a much younger age, but yet still old enough to be responsible, seeing as he had just become an adult.

Frodo began to wish that he had gone with Bilbo; he dreamt about mountains and lands he had never seen before. He wanted badly to see them, but part of him kept telling him it was not yet time for him to go. It is much like waiting for our turn to come to earth. Obviously, we didn’t all come at the same time, so that tells us there was some amount of time we had to wait before we came down to earth.

Quick side note:

We find out by the fact that the ring makes one invisible that something about the ring is magic. We can see through Tolkien’s stories that Sauron does not, in fact, turn invisible. Why? Because the ring doesn’t actually turn you “invisible.” It actually, essentially, pushes the wearer into the unseen “Wraith World.” Because Sauron can dwell in both worlds at once, the ring can’t put him in a world he is already in. As the wearer uses the ring, they fade more and more because of the effects the other world has on mortals.

So, with that, we can infer that simply carrying the ring could be dangerous. After all, are we to assume that just having the magical metal on a specific part of the body is the only way we are affected by magical objects? No, of course not! Touching it, carrying it, is enough to have some extent of effect on us.

This effect pushes Frodo away from others to an extent. Just as wearing it willingly with the intent to use its power pushes you into the other world, carrying it for other purposes pushes you away from your social world. This is why Frodo is so far from his friends.

The Hobbits only heard rumors of what was happening in the world. Elves were leaving, never to come back to Middle Earth. Creatures of unknown decent we heard of. Mordor was being rebuilt. It was very strange for Hobbits to even hear about Mordor. For such a far away safe haven, it is very rare for any news of Mordor to reach the ears of Hobbits. That foreshadows the story, telling us that we haven’t heard the end of Mordor in the plot line.

Next we hear a conversation involving Sam and some other Hobbits. The Shire is a place of so much ignorance that the people start to think that not even dragons-despite Bilbo’s tales-exist. They have heard a witnesses account and yet still don’t think it ever happened. This could almost be compared to how some people in real life don’t believe certain world events happened.

Take the Holocaust for example. Many people refuse to believe the Holocaust ever happened. They like to think that it was made up and there was no suffering of the Jewish people. We know that that is obviously wrong. We also know that these Hobbits are wrong about the non-existence of magical creatures. Perhaps the near to last chapter of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy makes sense of why Tolkien would have the events of the chapter happen (which I will get to when I reach that chapter. If I forget to mention it, remind me).

Eventually, Gandalf turns up for the first time since the party. He only stays a little while and leaves again, returning occasionally to speak with Frodo. Sam sees and knows of this. I wonder what that will provoke Sam to do? Hmm. Maybe drop some eaves? Maybe, maybe.

Gandalf returns once more, one day, and speaks to Frodo about the ring. Frodo is somewhat confused at first. Gandalf told him the ring was dangerous. Frodo asks him what he means by it. Frodo is terrified as Gandalf goes on to tell him about the rings of power and how they affect mortals. He tells Frodo that those who have one for too long don’t die, but don’t grow either. They simply exist. And slowly they begin to fade into the darkness of the world they are in as they wear the ring.

Sam can be heard out cutting the grass.

Frodo asks Gandalf how much Bilbo knew of the ring. Gandalf proceeds to tell him that he knew no more than what he told Frodo. Bilbo had thought it was just a nifty little tool. He did, however, notice that it changed. It needed looking after. The ring became constantly on his mind. He hadn’t realized that the ring itself was to blame. He even noticed that the ring would change size. He had no idea what the true power of the ring was.

Gandalf explains what Bilbo had said in the last chapter. How he was “thin and stretched.” Gandalf says that it means the ring began taking control.

At this point, Gandalf still doesn’t even know if the ring really is the ring of power. There is only one last test to be sure, and Gandalf doesn’t doubt much the guess he made. Gandalf made this guess not long after Bilbo found the ring. He had acted strangely about it and even had similarities to the way Gollum had acted. There is a little bit of foreshadowing when Gandalf says, “I might perhaps have consulted Saruman the White, but something always held me back.” Now, why could that be? Why would Gandalf have a feeling he shouldn’t talk to Saruman about it?

Gandalf didn’t want to believe the ring was the One Ring. He had thought many times about the possibility. He noticed connections, but tried to justify them. Perhaps Gandalf didn’t want to believe his dear old friend was in the sort of trouble he was. Think about it like this. Think of a friend you have had for many years. Imagine they got into some stuff that seemed great to them at first, but then took a wrong turn, resulting in many complications in their life. The ring is meant to represent temptation. Maybe Gandalf didn’t want to believe that Bilbo had fallen to such a horrible temptation. Or maybe he didn’t want to have to find a way to fix it. After all, he knew how difficult it would be.

Frodo begins to worry about what the presence of the ring means for the rest of the hobbits. Gandalf says that Sauron had completely over looked hobbits. Years he has not taken notice of them. He seems to underestimate the power we each have in ourselves to have control over him and his temptations.

The last test to be sure that the ring is the one he thinks it is is to place the ring in the fire. Frodo takes out the ring and does so. The magical properties causes it to be cool upon taking it out of the fire. When the inscription appears, Gandalf relays the meaning. “one ring to rule them all and in the darkness bind them.” (This is the only part he says aloud.) He then tells the little riddle about the rest of the rings. This ring is in fact the One Ring.

Upon hearing this, Frodo becomes saddened and afraid. He doesn’t want this ring. He wishes it had never come to him. Maybe this is like us coming to earth. In heaven we were all so excited to come to earth and experience life and a body. We didn’t quite understand what it meant. All we know is that it is God’s plan and we want to be a part of it. But when we get here, we experience trials, challenges, and feel so much pain. We hadn’t expected pain to be such a terrible thing. And yet we find ourselves having to experience it. What we don’t realize at this time is that it will be for the better. It will end and we will have conquered it.

On the bright side, Sauron doesn’t have the ring. As long as the ring is in Frodo’s possession, Sauron can not have his full power. Gandalf explains what happened to the other rings. The three elves hid and have not been touched by Sauron’s power. The rings of the dwarves were all taken from them. Three were taken by Sauron, the rest were taken by dragons, which might as well be eternally lost for all the gold dragons take and care not for individual pieces. The nine, as we know, were not only taken, but used to control the men, making them into the ring wraiths.

And yet with all those rings, he still needs the one to bring him back his power. After all, he did purposefully make it so that he could have that one to control the others. One to rule them all.

We discover that Sauron is not quite as skillful and powerful as he would have them think. He hadn’t even known his ring wasn’t destroyed. This shows us that he doesn’t have the connection to the ring in order to know whether or not it is still around. The important part of this being he is not connected to the ring.

Gandalf explains how the ring came to Frodo. It was actually Elendil and Gil-galad who had been together fighting Sauron. After Elendil died, Isildur, his son, took his father’s sword and cut the ring from Sauron’s hand. He explains that Isildur kept the ring and was then killed, losing the ring into the river. The ring passed from legend, and was never thought of again.

And where the ring’s story continues can finally be put together after all of Gandalf’s research in the library of Gondor. The story is finally put together and can now be given an end.

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.

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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.

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