Of Fairy-Tales and the Father

Middle-Earth and the Power of Providence

Among the many themes woven into the narrative of The Lord of the Rings and all the other tales of Middle-Earth, one that is especially prominent is that of the characters finding themselves in situations far greater than they could ever have expected. Their initial goal in setting out on their adventure is to make… Continue reading Middle-Earth and the Power of Providence

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Shasta and the Presence of God

      The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis follows the adventures of Shasta, a boy who grew up as a Calormene slave but comes to realize that his heart truly lies in the Northern lands, one of which is Narnia. With the help of a Talking Horse named Bree, who has also been… Continue reading Shasta and the Presence of God

Of Fairy-Tales and the Father

Middle-Earth and Light Amidst Darkness

            One of the major themes in all the stories of Middle-Earth is the constant battle between light and darkness, good and evil. This war manifests itself from the very beginning, when Melkor the Ainu deviates from the music of Ilúvatar to play his own themes. From that first initial act of rebellion stems all… Continue reading Middle-Earth and Light Amidst Darkness

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Edmund Pevensie and the Sacrifice of God

            The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is one of the best-loved stories of all time. Multitudes of children grow up on the tale of the land covered in snow, cursed to be always winter and never Christmas, that is saved by four children from England through the power of Aslan, the Great Lion.… Continue reading Edmund Pevensie and the Sacrifice of God

Of Fairy-Tales and the Father

Middle-Earth and the Nature of Evil

            The Lord of the Rings is known for many things. The books helped form the fantasy genre as we know it today, and the films continue to garner acclaim nearly two decades after their creation. But though Tolkien’s incredible world of Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits remains a prime example of worldbuilding, this isn’t the… Continue reading Middle-Earth and the Nature of Evil