One day a few months back, I was scrolling through Tumblr, and I came across this delightful post by user simaethae:
so on the subject of stolen property, i’ve seen various arguments on this point but it is in fact true that inheriting something from a relative, when you know full well that it was stolen, does not make it yours.
this clearly goes doubly so for powerful magical artifacts, and especially for artifacts which are strongly implied to contain part of their creator’s soul!
you can talk about consequences – maybe the artifact in question has benefits for you, maybe you’re not convinced its rightful owners would use it responsibly – but talking about the consequences doesn’t erase the fact that whatever benefits you think you’re getting are achieved through wrongful means.
which is why i, too, think Frodo should have given the One Ring back to Sauron. thief.
Sucks to be you, dude.
Which prompted me, a law student and Lord of the Rings fanatic preparing for a Property exam, to ask myself…does Sauron even own that Ring anymore?
The short answer: No.
Here is my pedantic and completely unasked-for analysis (cross-posted from my Tumblr blog) — Continue reading
Sometimes evil is a little overwhelming
(I recently received a comment on my post Tuor, Gondolin, and Our Life Mission that said the following:)
(My reply got a little long…so here is my open response to Sam – )
Hey Sam, thanks for the comment! I have been thinking about the question you posed, and here are some of my thoughts:
It’s true that Tolkien wrote many stories that contain lots of tragedy. I mean, he really puts his characters through the ringer:
- Frodo never really recovers
- Theoden’s son dies (and then he dies)
- Turin’s life is basically a study of how much one dude can suffer
- And literally everything bad happens to Elrond (ask me about it sometime)
Grander events in Middle Earth are also tragic: the elves are in decline and leaving Middle Earth, the great stories of the past are being forgotten, grand cities and nations and peoples are destroyed. Evil empires wage war against peace-loving peoples.
Evil seems to win a lot.
I don’t think this was just Tolkien being ~dark~ and ~brooding~. I think he did this on purpose. Life is often very tragic, no matter how you look at it. Sam, you’re a Christian – just look at the lives of Christ and His Apostles! Bad things happen all the time to good and bad people. This is no secret. This is something humanity has been dealing with since before Day 1.
BUT (and this is a big but) – that’s not all that is going on. Evil is not the only force at work. Continue reading
“Though here at journey’s end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the stars farewell.”
-Samwise Gamgee (LOTR 909)
I am a chronic stargazer. Place me under an open evening sky and I will inevitably look up and try to spot as many celestial lights as I can. I’ve been known to hassle my family for weeks on end to go stargazing with me in the middle of winter.
The stars just never cease to amaze me. Whenever I look at them, I feel like I am peeking through the cracks of eternity into God’s workshop. The sight of them moves me in ways that no other work of nature or art can. There’s no other word to describe it – to me the stars are holy.
As it turns out, I am in good company in my love and admiration for the stars. Man has seemingly always looked to the stars and found them to be more than mere balls of gas burning billions of miles away. Continue reading