Archive for November, 2006

Blog Tag

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

We tagged ourselves!!

 

1. How long ago did you start blogging and why did you start? 

 

We started blogging in March 2005 and we did it because we wanted to write about the things that inspire us to be noble, good and heroic in life, hoping that you would be inspired, too. 

 

2. How did you come up with your username/URL address? 

 

We had already planned to make LotR our blog theme and we chose “Ringbearer” to remind us that we are all on a “Quest” to conquer sin and go the Grey Havens just like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress was on a journey to the Celestial City.

 

3. What do you enjoy most about blogging? 

 

Thinking about future posts and reading good articles on other friend’s blogs.  (We save the ones we really like) Your encouraging comments inspire us to do our best, too.

 

4. What makes one blog stand out to you from all the others? 

 

There are two things that make a blog stand out to us (1) well-written posts that make us think, laugh or learn new things and not just talk about what someone did that day and (2) a beautiful or creative design that is not too cluttered with a hodge podge of stuff.

 

5. On an average how long does it take you to write a post for your blog?  About a 1/2 hr. 

 

6. What has changed in your life since you started blogging?

 

We have learned some HTML, made new relationships and increased the amount of time we spend writing. My mom says we write better too.

 

7. Does your family support you (if so how) or do they think you're a blog addict? 

 

Yes, they support us by reading our posts, offering ideas, and maybe giving us some tips on how to improve them.  We aren’t blog addicts and don’t spend a whole lot of time on our blog. It is really just writing the posts that take awhile.  We don't visit many blogs and only comment on a few.  We just don't have the time to do that a lot.

 

8. Have you ever gotten a negative comment?  If so, how did you deal with it? 

 

No, we have never received any negative comments, YET.

 

9.How often do you check your blog for new comments? 

 

Twice a day. Because we live on the other side of the world, it is bed-time here, when everyone else is awake over there in America so we usually check for comments in the morning and then we don’t get anymore until right before bed at night.

 

10. Do you have a blogging tip you can share? 

 

 (1) Don’t just post about your life.  These posts will not really thrill people who don’t know you.  Write about important and worthy things that will make people think or laugh. Remember that if you have a blog, you are an author! More people will have access to your blog than they would have access to your book, if you were to write one.  Choose you words carefully! Once they enter the internet, you can never erase them, even if they are erased from your blog. Blogging is fun, but it is also serious business.

 

(2) Be gracious in your writing, no matter what the subject is about. When answering negative comments or commenting on others’ blogs, speak nicely, even if you disagree. No one will want to listen to you if you are impolite.

 

– Frodo and Legolas

 

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In Defense Of "The Lord Of The Rings"

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

Recently, I have read many different writings concerning the works of the late professor J.R.R. Tolkien, primarily The Lord Of The Rings which is undoubtedly his greatest masterpiece. However, while reading his histories and notes, I have learned some things that may help people who are struggling with the issue of 'magic.'

 I have noticed that some critics believe this trilogy is wicked and even claim it is full of witchcraft, comparing it to J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter  and other such stories. I would like to say that I believe these arguments to be entirely groundless and I will now do my best to disprove them and point out something great and inspirational in his books.

One problem that many people have with Tolkien’s books is that he uses magical elements in them. In Deut 18: 9-14 and Ex 22:18 the use of magic, witchcraft and all other forms of divination is clearly forbidden to us. Yet Tolkien, a strict Roman Catholic, still uses such elements in his books! Why is this?

Well, here is an interesting question: what is “magic,” really?  “Magic” really means “power.” The reason that we look on it with such abhorrence is that it was originally, and generally is today, power given to people by demons.  This is sometimes called “witchcraft” (although witches will deny this) It is always utterly wrong- no matter what purpose it is used for. This is really the type of magic referred to in the Bible from which God commands the people of Israel to abstain. However, the word 'magic' doesn't always mean the same thing.  There is “illusion” which is not “magic” at all but is actually just a trick played on the eyes.  Magic tricks with cards are an example of this or when a man on stage tricks the crowd.

Then there is “fairytale magic” which is entirely pretend. It is the make-believe kind of magic that allows the “little fairies to turn toy bunnies into real rabbits” and it is lavishly used in fairy-tales and has nothing to do with witchcraft (Although some fairytales have witchcraft in them but almost always this person is portrayed as wicked.)  Tolkien took the word 'magic' and used it, as well.  But why? And why did he write his books in the way he did? 

Well, when you write a story that has supernatural elements in it, you have two choices: The first is to refer openly to God and angels, etc. When you do this, your writing will be clear and understood, but nonbelievers will not necessarily be interested in your story and you will not always reach everyone who could benefit from your work. The second choice you have when writing such a story is to use  fairytale elements which is something everyone can understand and relate to.  Who doesn't know the story of Sleeping Beauty?   C.S. Lewis and Tolkien both chose this way of writing, taking pagan beliefs and culture, discarding what they thought was not acceptable and putting everything else under the authority of the one true King, thus redeeming mythology by extracting truth from it.” 

Now, one important fact about Tolkien’s books that many people miss is  that Middle-Earth is a different world than ours. When Tolkien wrote The Lord Of The Rings he was creating a different reality. The world he created had different rules than ours with different creatures altogether.  It was make-believe.  This world had a creator named Eru Iluvatar, meaning 'One Father of All'. It also had the Ainur, who worked for Eru and were powerful beings.  They had different levels of power. These can be likened to angels on our earth.  In fact, one of these beings revolted against Eru and came to Middle Earth and was evil Sauron's boss.  (Doesn't that sound like Satan?)  Well, Gandalf was also one of these beings who served Eru.  He was not a human.  Neither was Saruman who had also revolted against Eru.  When you understand that Tolkien's world was actually very similar to the Bible, you realize that he was not misusing magic at all! 

Tolkien explained in one of his letters that the Elves “magic” was really an advanced form of art.  And if you notice, the Elves cannot do anything spectacular like the wizards (angels) but they can create unnaturally beautiful things.  At first, this may seem a little peculiar but consider this: The Elves are not like the mortal men.  They are immortal and were created before Men.  They have, therefore, special rights not granted to Men. Men, Hobbits, and Dwarves are not allowed to use magic!

 Some people mistakenly think Gandalf is a figure of Christ.  This is not true.  He was merely a being like an angel.  And after he defeated the dark spirit in the Mines of Moria, he seems to have been promoted to a type of archangel.  Because Tolkien used the word, 'wizard', this has confused and frightened some people.  But when you begin to understand what he meant, you realize it has nothing to do with the definition of 'wizard' in the sense of one using witchcraft.

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy centers mainly around Frodo’s quest to destroy the Ring of Power and Aragorn’s return to the throne which rightfully belongs to him. Frodo and Aragorn (along with their other companions) are not allowed to use magic and the story does not focus on that. This was a hedge Tolkien put around his book so that the story would not make people want to study magic but would really draw their attention to the lives of people who fulfilled their task without using magic but by making right choices.

In Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth, he redeems magic by defining it as “power” again. He invents a new world but the more you read about his world, the more you realize how much he borrowed from what he knew and believed about our world. He does this because he wants to show us things that we may not want to accept if he does not disguise them.  Just as Jesus used stories to reach the crowds, Tolkien has attempted to do the same.

I am going to close this article with a quote from Tolkien:

 

“After all, I believe that legends and myths are largely made of “truth” and, indeed present aspects of it that can only be received in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes of this kind were discovered and must always reappear.” –J.R.R. Tolkien 

 

-Frodo

 

Chapter Twelve is Ready

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

I have posted chapter 12 of  the book I am writing called THE LAST WAR.  It can be found on my sidebar if you care to read it.

 

Legolas

For Your Viewing Pleasure…

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

We have replaced The Fellowship of the Ring movie trailer with The Return of the King.  We hope you enjoy watching it on our sidebar.

 

If your connection is slow and the movie is choppy, play it all the way through and then click 'work offline' under FILE.  Now it should play smoothly.

 

Frodo and Legolas

A riddle for you

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

 

If you like riddles, check this site out.  It's lots of fun!

 

Update: we have figured out all of the riddles up until page fourteen but we are stuck there!

 

Frodo and Legolas

In Defense of the Chronicles of Narnia

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2006 by legolasandfrodo

                         

 

I have heard some people condemn C. S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ and accuse the books of dealing in the occult.  Before I begin this I would like to state my utter abhorrence of witchcraft and anything concerning the occult.  The Bible clearly forbids witchcraft in Deuteronomy 18: 9-14, Revelation 22:14 b and other places.  Chronicles of Narnia does have witchcraft in the stories; but only the evil ones use it. Jadis, (or the White Witch) used her magic wand that turned people to stone and her magic bottle of liquid that produced the Turkish delight. Yes, the evil side of Narnia does use witchcraft.  That is why it is evil. Notice that Jadis is called a Witch.  These books clearly showed that witchcraft was bad and not to be tampered with.  For instance, when Lucy found a book with spells in it, she tried to make herself beautiful. Aslan appeared and roared growled with warning, and she quickly stopped.

 

One thing that confuses people is the use of the word ‘magic’ in the Narnia series. C. S. Lewis used that word when he spoke of the ‘deeper magic,’ in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,

“ ‘It means,' said Aslan that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know…' “

 The words magic there have NOTHING to do with the occult. Mar. Lewis used this word to describe the Law of the Emperor Across the Sea.  Because that is what it means- law.  That ‘deeper magic’ was a law that was put in the Universe before the dawn of time.  Notice that that magic is not used. It is there.

 

Another thing that many people have problems with is Lewis’ use of mythological creatures such as Fauns, Centaurs, Naiads, Dryads, Hamadryads, Silvans, Bacchus, Maenads, Silenus and others.  Example:

 

“Bacchus and his Maenads leaping, rushing and turning somersaults, the beasts brushing round them, and Silenus and his donkey bringing up the rear. And every-one sat down in a wide circle around it. Then Bacchus and Silenus and the Maenads began a dance, far wilder than the dance of the trees, not merely a dance for fun and beauty (though it was that too), but a magic dance of plenty, and where their hands touched, and where their feet fell, the feast came into existence. 

“He seemed to have a great many names – Bromios, Bassareus, and the Ram were three of them. There were a lot of girls with him, as wild as he. There was even, unexpectedly, someone on a donkey. And everybody was laughing: and everyone was shouting out, ‘EUAN, EUAN, EU-oi-oi-oi.’”

In mythology fauns were rural deities of nature and fertility, but they also did wicked things.  Centaurs were also wicked in general and Bacchus was a pagan god.  The Maenads were hysterical girls driven to lunacy in his (Bacchus’) cult.  So… how does this work?

 

Lewis knew all of this, but he appreciated mythology because, as I know, it has many beautiful and heroic elements in it, as well.  So he took the parts that he liked and put them into his fantasy world of Narnia, but put them under Aslan’s (Christ’s) rule.  Since there can be no sin under Aslan’s rule the evil things about them disappeared and their beautiful qualities remained. 

” I asked myself, 'Supposing that there really was a world like Narnia and supposing it had (like our world) gone wrong and supposing Christ wanted to go into that world and save it (as He did ours) what might have happened?'

 The stories are my answers. Since Narnia is a world of Talking Beasts, I thought He would become a Talking Beast there, as He became a man here. I pictured Him becoming a lion there because (a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; (b) Christ is called “The Lion of Judah” in the Bible; (c) I'd been having strange dreams about lions when I began writing the work. The whole series works out like this.

 

The Magician's Nephew tells the Creation and how evil entered Narnia.

The Lion, etc. the Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Prince Caspian restoration of the true religion after corruption.

The Horse and His Boy the calling and conversion of a heathen.

The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” the spiritual life (especially in Reepicheep).

The Silver Chair the continuing war with the powers of darkness.

The Last Battle the coming of the Antichrist (the Ape), the end of the world and the Last Judgement.”

What the Chronicles of Narnia really are is a wonderful, entertaining series of books that portray the Gospel message clearly in a lovely, simple way that is enjoyable at any age.  If you have never read these books I highly recommend them. 

 

– Legolas