Re: it's not in Tolkien
- This is always the challenge for *good* people: to discern what is
right and choose to do that, rather than simply do what he/she wants.
It's so much simpler if you're a narcissist - "I want to go to Minas
Tirith and they need me! Especially now that Boromir is fallen...
after all, I'm their king (they just don't know it yet)... damn those
hobbits for a nuisance anyway! Oh well, Minas Tirith, here I come!"
It's one of my personal pet peeves: folks who read Psalm 37 and latch
onto the second half of verse 4: "Delight yourself in the LORD; And He
will give you the desires of your heart," ignoring the whole of the
context. YES, it's a great verse - but if you use it like a
sledgehammer to demand you're going to get what you want (because God
promised you in Psalm 37, verse 4) you're going to have a lot of
confusion about the real shape of your life. Jeremiah 29:11 is another
example of a verse typically taken very badly out of context. But I
have to stop now or I'll throw out another half dozen. <grin>
(although, read the context of the Jeremiah passage, and you can see
how well it fits with Aragorn as patiently waiting).
Aragorn was a mature man and completely capable of setting his desires
aside; after all, he'd already been doing it for decades. His
commitment to protect and serve the people, unsung and unlauded, was
deeply rooted within him, both as an unseated king and as a ranger. He
wouldn't drop that serving/protecting quality just because he was now
close enough to smell the crown, as it were...
(hmmm, do crowns smell? eek!)
-- Lynn --
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Matt Williams" <mrw@...> wrote:
> >Aragorn's choice isn't to follow Sam & Frodo --or-- go to Minas
> Tirith. His choice is following Sam & Frodo --or-- following the
> >captured Merry & Pippin; a much more pressing dilemma.
> i was wondering when someone would point that out. You're right,
but even before Frodo left Strider was wrestling with his desire to go
to Minis Tirith. "Strider too, his heart yearns for Minis Tirith, and
he will be needed there, now Boromir has fallen into evil." (Frodo).
> Later, Aragorn says he would have followed Frodo into Morder, but
what he would have done and what his heart desired are two different
> Matt Williams
- --- In email@example.com, David Emerson
>which a man from our present day
> >There was once a science-fiction story in
> >wakes up in the distant future and asks for ahamburger. The futurians
> >reply, "A hamburger is a citizen of theGerman city of Hamburg. Were you
> >cannibals in those days?"Kennedy being a jelly doughnut?
> Does this have something to do with John F.