Category: J.R.R. Tolkien

“So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.” (The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001)

“So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.” (The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001)

Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring expounds Gandalf’s most significant message in the entire trilogy. Earlier in the film, Frodo had expressed his desire for all the evil to have never happened. So when Frodo stopped to consider his long and lonely journey ahead, Gandalf’s words came back to him: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

We Who Live to See Such Times in the Modern World

Throughout this whole past year, left-leaning voters have whined heavily about USA’s current President Donald Trump for being USA’s current president. They live to see such times demolished and destroyed, never to happen again. They refuse to play fair with the right-leaning thinkers who also live in the country.

But politics are of little concern here in Mary Loves the UK. What concerns us more are the nuclear weapons. Why do people in other countries hate and fight fellow people in neighboring countries? Why do people have an intolerance for anything different?

J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits would never understand why men fight for power as they do. They live happy lives, growing what they will, taking on only simple troubles. And as elderly men live to see such times, they too begin to wonder why. Or else, they fall completely prey to the fight for power.

Deciding Our Course When We Live to See Such Times

People with strong faith in something greater than themselves normally have better perspective on what to do with their lives. Raised within the church and having read through the Bible, I know several proverbs that speak of men deciding where they shall go, praying and giving thanks for success, and the Lord leading them through it.

Too many people get caught up in the decision on what to do with their lives. Bad economies, terrorist incidents, natural disasters, oncoming wars, and much more can easily lead anyone to wish for better times. They also lead people to make excuses for not using their own, personal time wisely.

To use our best abilities for the best causes, we must first discover our abilities and learn about the most important causes. Faith in God should lead us to the Bible, which speaks greatly on the many ways to worship the Creator and to help each other. Local communities join together to help the poor, the widows, and the orphans. A good paying job could serve a greater purpose. The choice belongs to us.

To Live to See Such Times in Tolkien’s View

J.R.R. Tolkien’s childhood was spent in England, specifically when Germany bombed London to smithereens. Hopefully some biographies on Tolkien will shed some light on whether or not J.R.R. Tolkien took the northern trains during his childhood. For regardless of his situation, it was for certain that the Tolkien family desired to see better times.

Maybe The Lord of the Rings came from this young boy’s faith in something greater. Maybe it came from his traumatic and misplaced childhood during World War I. Whatever the inspiration, J.R.R. Tolkien assuredly inspired many to see what they can do when given difficult times in which to live.

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings vs. What J.R.R. Tolkien Said

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings vs. What J.R.R. Tolkien Said

Who here had the great fortune to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings as required reading in high school? I did! But I read the novels and some connected works several more times afterwards. And I realized what teachers say about The Lord of the Rings contradicts what J.R.R. Tolkien said about his masterpieces.

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings – The Sorrowful Summary

Teachers have probably edited many great, adequate, and poor student summarizations to this 20th century masterpiece. And I cringe to hear the watered-down significance to this work, concerning both the plotline and the linguistics. However, the hastily-written summaries also help to explain the misapplied meaning behind the novels.

A summary from an uninterested literary student may read as follows: The Lord of the Rings is the fight between good and evil. Hobbits, elves, dwarves are on the good side. Orcs, wizards, and men are on the bad side. Some wizards and men can be good. There’s a ring that could destroy the world, so a group fights to destroy the ring. After a lot of fighting and traveling, the good guys win.

Terrible, miserable, and unacceptable! Anyone who writes such a summarization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s painstakingly detailed fantasy-world should fail the class. Yet, please consider, with this example now placed in mind, the wholly inaccurate meaning behind what teachers say about The Lord of the Rings.

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings – The Made-Up Meaning

The Lord of the Rings symbolizes World War II.”

No! Wrong! Have you read his second edition’s Forward?! J.R.R. Tolkien specifically stated within his 1966 Forward to The Lord of the Rings that his work symbolized something wholly other than World War II (WWII). Don’t believe me? Let me show you:

As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected branches: but its main theme was settled from the outset by the inevitable choice of the Ring as the link between it and The Hobbit. The crucial chapter, ‘The Shadow of the Past’, is one of the oldest parts of the tale. It was written long before the foreshadow of 1939 had yet become a threat of inevitable disaster, and from that point the story would have developed along essentially the same lines, if that disaster had been averted. Its sources are things long before in mind, or in some cases already written, and little or nothing in it was modified by the war that began in 1939 or its sequels.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

For those who grew up thinking J.R.R. Tolkien intended to symbolize WWII with his Middle Earth, please read the above carefully. This awe-inspiring author simply wrote for his own enjoyment. With the possible exception being….

What Teachers Say About The Lord of the Rings –  The Untold Meaning

Far be it from me to say J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to symbolize God, the Devil, and Everything Inbetween. For this, I myself, at this point in time, struggle to see within the novels. However, based on an additional chapter within the second edition’s Forward, I can see where people draw this conclusion.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about how he had begun forming Middle Earth, and all its rich history, during his childhood. His childhood was war-stricken (from World War I) and desolate (from the London bombings). With so much destruction around him, it’s remarkable to see how this childhood genius made it into something wonderful.

With J.R.R. Tolkien’s text note in mind, I will continue to read The Lord of the Rings and lookout for similarities between his childhood beliefs and his adulthood beliefs compared to the text. Please join me on this journey. And, hopefully, we’ll reach the end before Amazon’s Middle Earth comes to our screens.

Our Journey to Find Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Our Journey to Find Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition) topped my wish list for this year’s Black Friday sales. For the past couple years, Alex has spoiled me with play money to spend during the year’s largest shopping day. And this year, like any married woman, I euphorically took the opportunity to spend the money!

Why  The Lord of the Rings  Trilogy (Extended Edition) Topped the Wish List

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Alex and I on the Journey

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth and its inhabitants first entered my life at the tender age called my tweens. Wondering why my father so highly recommended this seemingly odd, fantastical series, I started with reading The Fellowship of the Ring. First I learned to love the simple, sweet hobbits, then the adventure (“quest, thing”) began. And I soon found myself completely enraptured with Tolkien’s world.

Does this story ring true for anyone else? Friends from my college years had similar stories with how they came upon The Lord of the Rings, so I imagine many people who stumble across this post have similar stories. Consequently, once Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy arrived in the theaters – three movies wholly and accurately based on the beloved books – the audience was primed and ready.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Avoiding dangers on the Journey

Everyone had already seen The Lord of the Rings in theater and bought the theatrical movies. But Peter Jackson had a secret up his sleeve: Additional movie magic, regarding Tolkien’s characters, as found only in The Lord of the Rings extended edition movies!

Everyone who had the money soon owned one, two, or all three extended editions, for the producers sold them individually for many years. I, and the man whom I would one day call my husband, didn’t have the funds for these amazing movies. For they were amazingly expensive. That is, until the time when Black Friday extended into Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and Best Buy sold The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition) at nearly half the price!

Our Journey to Find  The Lord of the Rings  Trilogy (Extended Edition)

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Traveling through windy roads

The time had come to destroy the One Ring, otherwise known as the inhibition that prevented me from fully excavating Tolkien’s Middle Earth. For The Lord of the Rings theatrical movies only provided the most essential parts to the Fellowship’s journey. The extended edition provided more detail on the good and bad characters in Tolkien’s world.

Knowing this, I performed a secret search online to see if anyone sold all three movies in one package on Black Friday weekend. Walmart, eBay, and Best Buy all showed to carry The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition). However, the top rated sellers on eBay had sold out. And though Walmart carried the movie package at a good price, Best Buy proved to have the better deal.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)
Arrived at our final destination

I resisted the urge to spend the money as long as I could. But with Alex tempting me to go out and shop, we both caved-in on Sunday afternoon. Our luck had almost run out. Only one Best Buy location near us still had The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition). Wishing for the best, we quickly ran out the front door and jumped into the car.

Since we didn’t want to sit in traffic, we used back roads to find our way to this particular store. Alex revealed his exemplary journey skills on this spontaneous trip, driving through windy roads and avoiding dangerous drivers. Therefore, after a journey through unexplored lands, we found the solution to my dilemma: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition)! Now I can explore Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions)
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition) as found only at Best Buy!

Do you have the Extended Movie Edition for The Lord of the Rings? Do the extra storylines make them worthwhile to you? Are you excited for Amazon’s series on Middle Earth to come out? Please comment below!

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings – Why This Presents an Ethical Dilemma

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings – Why This Presents an Ethical Dilemma

Cue the funeral dirge. For a company, which entertains complete disregard for the Christian faith, has acquired certain rights to Tolkien’s work. That’s right: Amazon bought the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings.

Why Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings

We Christians cannot fully blame Jeff Bezos for acquiring the global television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. For the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien Trust had presented these rights to him, as well as to other companies with wholly different views than J.R.R. Tolkien. Jeff Bezos merely presented the most attractive monetary agreement.

Why Amazon bought the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings requires little speculation: Jeff Bezos wanted more money. Whatever he paid for the right to televise The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) must have appeared as small change compared to the calculations for how much a LOTR miniseries would gain in profit. Jeff Bezos simply saw a great opportunity handed to him.

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings and What It Said About the Tolkien Estate and Trust

Declaring Jeff Bezos as the only greedy investor in this deal denies the greed working behind the Tolkien Society. Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was wildly successful, and the Tolkien Society decided they wished for more such financial successes. A simple conclusion based on the common transactions and deals performed among organizations around the world.

Since Amazon bought the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, Christians need to pray for God’s help. Because if the Christian messages in the LOTR trilogy are to remain intact, God must perform a miracle. For it seems the Tolkien Society chairmen care little about the faith elements which J.R.R. Tolkien incorporated into his work.

Ethical Dilemmas Behind the Deals When Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings

Why do I conclude the Tolkien Society cares little about J.R.R. Tolkien’s faith? I came to this conclusion because, based on international news found on the Internet and in the Wall Street Journal, Jeff Bezos supports causes that oppose Christian beliefs. To me, selling global television rights to The Lord of the Rings to a man who disregards God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit seems like folly.

To maintain the integrity behind The Lord of the Rings, and remain faithful to the remarkable Christian author, we must hope Jeff Bezos instructs his crew to stay true to the books. Making Tolkien’s beloved characters perform in ways defiant to what is right and true would skew the beauty in J.R.R. Tolkien’s messages. As would also be true if the evil characters performed kind acts.

Amazon Bought the Global Television Rights to The Lord of the Rings and We’re Going to Watch It

As a general rule, my family never buys from Amazon, unless someone presents us with a gift card. However, even spending someone else’s money given to Amazon feels wrong and dirty. Why? Amazon supports causes, such as gay marriage, that the Holy Bible informs Christians to recognize as an abomination. Therefore, we, as Christians, generally refuse to support liberal organizations when they adamantly hate us for our beliefs.

In this particular case, I will make an exception. Since this blog focuses predominantly on British food and British flicks, I will find someone who has an Amazon Prime TV and watch the LOTR miniseries with them. Then, hopefully, I will be able to report to my readers how Amazon remained true to the stories. Though, I highly doubt such will happen.

Who is excited for Amazon acquiring the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings? Do you think Amazon will do well and skew the story only slightly? Or do you think Amazon will use this opportunity to demean J.R.R. Tolkien’s work?

How To Quit a Job and Begin Behaving Like a Tolkien Character

How To Quit a Job and Begin Behaving Like a Tolkien Character

This blog post is for my few loyal readers: Grace, peace, and goodwill to you from God above. Please allow me to share a little about my life, the beginning to behaving like a Tolkien character, and what it entails for Mary Loves the UK.

How To Quit a Job After Five Years and Start Behaving Like a Tolkien Character

What occurred at my job yesterday – or what was then my job – I encourage my readers to avoid doing with their own jobs. I flamed out. Placed under strict restrictions about absence for medical reasons, I had little choice other than to walkout. So, walkout I did.

My employer was unhappy, and shared her hard feelings with me on the way out. I wish I could say I responded well, but I didn’t. Tears issued forth, and nothing could stop them. After a few well-targeted insults from my previous employer, I told her I would leave immediately. And I did.

Was this a wise decision? Did I behave as well as I had hoped to? No. But, since I have vacated my work post after five long and hard years, I now must move forward. I must embark on a Tolkien-like journey.

What Behaving Like a Tolkien Character Looks Like

Many Christians believe J.R.R. Tolkien created his Middle Earth to symbolize Christianity and the Christian walk. For, supposedly, the hobbits resembled men and women who went through trials and grew stronger and wiser as individuals. Other Middle Earth peoples resembled angels and demons.

To behave like a Tolkien character, one must experience growth in his or her life. Most growth involves pain and suffering. Moreover, if someone wishes to become a better person through their pain and suffering, then God must be involved. For even Tolkien recognized God’s presence, authority, and majesty.

What Behaving Like a Tolkien Character Means for Mary Loves the UK

Well, first and foremost, I will write more on J.R.R. Tolkien and his works! Delving into the symbolism and his characters is my intent, so if anyone would rather avoid any talk about God’s presence in this man and his work, then I advise staying away from this blog.

But! If people do wish to know more about how several great British men knew and loved our heavenly Father, then please, stay with me. We will explore what inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s creative genius, and how it has passed the test of time, influencing and encouraging millions of people.

Thank you, my few loyal readers, for reading. May God shape us all according to His will.