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0197 – 6 Spiritual Insights from Tolkien That Will Change Your Life

Unfortunately we had to postpone our episode with Pints With Jack’s David Bates (go check that out for some CS Lewis goodness). We’ll get back to that real soon!

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6 Responses

  1. I think you might enjoy Dorothy Sayer’s The Mind of the Maker. It is very like Tolkien’s idea that we are made in the image of a maker, and so we make. The part about worth of work is full of insight. I noticed that there is an edition out with an introduction by Madeleine L’Engle. I dearly love L’Engle’s work. She had a wonderful way of showing holiness and goodness in the ordinary life. The Murry or Austin family having supper or walking in the woods and lying on a glacial erratic. I just might pick it up. Been too long since I’ve read any Sayers or L’Engle.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! Subcreation is one of the most fascinating of Tolkien’s philosophical ideas. I just picked up a kindle version of Sayer’s The Mind of the Maker. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. Thanks Keith! That’s a very thorough look at Master Bombadil…may have to get you on the podcast! 😀

  2. Hello!
    I’ve only been listening for about six months nao, and regretfully, I have not listened to every episode; which I wish I had! I have searched through a few of my favorite chapters and stories with the search bar but haven’t found what I’ve been searching for yew guise to talk through.
    To start I absolutely adore both of your opinions and your analysis of the text and have honestly started reading along to the podcast and Ive never really liked podcasts. My love for Tolkien and his works have always been close to my soul and it’s made me euphoric to hear how much other humans process the depths in which I can also relate to.
    Was wondering if you’ve touched on the concept of how Sam was actually the main character of LOTR?
    I read an article or two and I’ll let yew guise look it up on your own; cause I suppose I’d be a biased opinion on the matter. but Ive definitely been enchanted; reading about the ‘heroes journey’ and how a character develops, and how he doesn’t even consider himself to be on said journey.
    In your cast ‘stairs of cirith ungol’ its retold how Sam is only considered as ‘Frodos servant’ in the Silmarillion and yet, is offered up as ‘Samwise the Stouthearted’ in the two towers; by Frodo himself.
    And the story begins; yes, with tales of Bilbo and his favorite cousin, but ends up with talk from the old Gaffer and his son and how he listens to all the tales of Baggins. And how he went on the adventure, without thought but with loyalty to what he believed to be real, and
    Wether tale, or of friendship he persevered.
    And at the end
    It’s Sam’s perspective. ‘evening meal was ready, and he was expected. Rose drew him in, set him in is chair, and put little Elanor on his lap.
    Well, I’m back’

    That’s the end. Starts with his intro, ends with his point of view. What he knew, and what he knows.

    Just like to know you’re thoughts! Wether in email back or whatever, I’ve always been fond of the theory.
    Sorry if it’s jumbled!

    Micky from Colorado.

    1. Hey Micky! It’s really nice to hear from you. Great question. We will respond to this comment in one of our episodes soon, most likely Episode 253, which is coming up.

      – John

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