Archive for October, 2006

Our Daring Viking Hero- Beowulf

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

          Last week, I finished reading “Beowulf”, the tale of the daring Viking war-lord who stepped up to save the lands ravaged by Grendel, a dark and fearsome monster.  The story was very gripping and exciting and the poetry was really nice. You have to read it out loud to yourself in a quiet place to really get the feel of it, though.

            I think that my favorite part of this book was the fight with the dragon at the end. It was wonderfully described and I love the heroic Wiglaf who comes out to help his king just as he is about to give in. I thought it very interesting, too how the dragon’s wrath is aroused by the theft of one small cup from his treasure hoard, stolen by an unimportant slave. Does that incident sound familiar to any of you?

            One thing about the story that was very interesting is that the poet speaks constantly about God, even though the poem was apparently written in very early times, perhaps as early as the historian Bede lived. Some critics have tried to suggest that these allusions to God were added later by monks but this seems very unlikely to me. The whole story is centers around the existence of the “Wielder.”

I was struck by the names used for God in the book. He is referred to as the “Wielder”, “Father Almighty”, “Life-Lord of men”, “King”, “Measurer”, and “Shaper.”  It strikes me as incredible that people today suddenly have decided that they no longer need the Measurer, King and Life-Lord. They think they can make it on their own, yet all throughout history the presence of this Almighty is unmistakable. Even the natives of the most obscure races found something to worship, be it rock, tree, sky or sun. How can people today just throw out this constant Presence as though they are so much smarter than all of the ones who came before?

I think there is something about the original, though, that translation destroys, because Rebsamen has invented dozens of compound nouns as if trying to seize the feel of the work. Here is a list of some interesting ones that I had never heard before:

 

deathwards      

hall-lounger

mindgrief

heart-thoughts

heart-strength

helpwords

mindthought

hate-words

gift-year

loan-day

spear-charge

growth-day

father-love

wonderstrength

night-slaughter

treasure-king

bloodgrief

hell-death

battle-speed

ice-stream

flesh-home

thane-warrior

greed-spell

throne-day

             I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes action\adventure books or poetry. I read the translation by Frederick Rebsamen but I had already read a simpler version of Beowulf first. If any of you would like to read the easier version first so that you can learn the story-line, here is a free, online edition.

 

Frodo

 

A Little Alliteration

Posted in Poems worth Reading on October 25, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

A Little Alliteration

 

The Dragon of Deception seeks to dissuade us and disrupt us, distract and drag us down to dreadful deadly doom. He tries to disarm us and divert us and disable and deprive us until we sink down to despondent dark despair. With disappointments and dejections and delusions and deceptions and discouraging depressions he disgraces and deceives us into disastrous darkness leading to destructive death.

 

– Legolas

 

Chapter Eleven is Here!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

The Eleventh chapter of the book I am writing, 'The Last War' has arrived. You can read it by going to the sidebar under, 'The Last War.'

 

-Legolas

Promises

Posted in Uncategorized on October 7, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

“I made a promise, Mr. Frodo, a promise! ‘Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee,’ and I don’t mean to, I don’t mean too.”  –Sam, FotR

           

That quote always strikes me as incredibly strong. Why? Well, I think that it just shows how promises are meant to be thought of. The emphasis on that word, “promise,” indicates that it is a powerful thing.

Promises: We all make them. We make promises to our family and friends. We make promises to our business. We make promises to our husband/wife when we are married. We make promises to God. Do we keep these promises? Most likely, this is a question that we cannot easily answer. I do not think that there is anyone who has kept every promise they ever made to anyone. Why is this? In this generation, promises do not mean so much to us as they should mean. We have grown to regard them as common things and I think that this is why so many promises are broken today, all over the world. Every day many families break up because a man and a woman did not keep their promises to one another. Every day, people turn away from God, after promising to serve Him, because their life is getting so hard. Why does all of this happen? Because promises have become such trivial things in our world.

To God, promises are NOT  trivial things. He makes them as well and He always keeps them. The Bible is full of promises that God has made-and kept. I could name dozens of these – promises to Noah, Abraham, Moses, Adam, Israel…- but the most important promise He made was the promise of a Savior for the fallen world. He promised this Savior over and over again, and He kept His promise. Every single promise God has ever made, will be kept. If we are sure of nothing else, we can be sure of His promises. Even “when the seas and mountains fall,” God will remember His promises.

God doesn’t only keep His own promises: He wants us to keep ours. Because promises are so valuable to God, and we are only human, we should be very careful not to make too many. It is never right to make a promise that we don’t know if we will be able to keep. We are only human and we will fail each other many times but when we make a promise, we must do our best to keep it. We must realize that promises are sacred things and, if we can possibly help it, must NOT be broken.

Loyalty is a special trait and one that God admires very greatly. Promises are symbols of loyal intentions but loyal intentions are not enough. A promise kept is a sign of loyalty fulfilled, which is worth the world.

 

  “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” –Isaiah 40:8

 

Frodo

The Kid Carnival

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

We need your submissions! The Kid Carnival is having troubles operating due to a shortage of submissions. All you to do is click the little button on the side of the carnival page and e-mail the URL of your submission to the administrator. If you have heard about it, please cooperate and if not then just go and check it out. Don’t be the only one to participate- spread the word!

 

 -Frodo and Legolas