I Can’t Share Hobbiton Photos, But I Can Share Thoughts: how relentelss evil will come to an end
Visiting the New Zealand Hobbiton and Shire movie set for the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy is a cherished experience from last March (2011). The many sites I saw were familiar and I recalled the movie scenes that happened . . .
- around the Party Tree (Trish and I had our picture taken in front of it),
- in The Green Dragon Pub (across the lake and so didn’t get to go inside), and
- by many of the hobbit homes.
I have several hundred photos from this tour, but I am not allowed to publish them in any electronic form. All visitors to the set had to sign a form. If we do publish them and get caught (we were assured we’d get caught), our computer would be taken and a heavy fine levied.
You are welcome to come look at my photos. I finally have a collage frame in my office with several Hobbiton photos.
Every once in a while I get into a LOTR’s mood and have to watch the trilogy. Tonight I watched movie one. Every time I watch it, I get something new. This time it’s about Frodo, the relentlessness of evil, and that there will be an end to it.
Frodo loved the Shire. Indeed that’s why he took on the great quest of destroying the ring which was the embodiment of evil. Several times during his journey, Frodo’s courage and strength failed him.
Sam, his ever-present companion, would remind Frodo of the reason for completing their noble task. Together they would reminisce and rehearse their dedication to the Fellowship, to the Shire, and to each other. This reminding-kind-of-talk helped them to continue on during their most difficult of times.
After successfully completing the quest, Frodo came home and wrote his part of the story in a big red book. His great task was done. But he was restless.
Frodo bore many scars, both physical and emotional, that wouldn’t heal. These scars caused him a restless type of suffering. Even though the ring was destroyed, it still possessed Frodo. The evil of the ring left its mark on his body and in his thoughts and the loss of the ring continuously tormented him.
At the end of Return of the King, the final movie in this trilogy, Frodo chose to leave the Shire and sail away on the last ship to Valinor, a land of Elvin paradise. In Valinor Frodo would find peace. His physical and emotional wounds would heal. He’d be free of torment and the relentless effects of evil.
I just love this song, Into the West, by Annie West. It plays while Frodo is leaving for Valinor.
Like Frodo we are on a quest although our’s isn’t finished yet. Our bodies also bear many wounds – physical, emotional, and spiritual – because of our exposure to evil. Some of us have even “played” with that evil by our own choices. We, too, suffer and are restless.
And like Frodo, someday we believers will go to a land of paradise, which we call heaven. And we will live in eternity free from the effects of evil.
So let me encourage you and myself by reminding us to focus on our goal and why we are focusing on it.
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Galatians 6:9 (Amplified Bible)
Please don’t try this alone! Grab a mate or two and encourage each other to stay the course.
- To not let evil maneuver you off track.
- To not forget your quest.
- To not fall into the controlling power of despair, selfishness, fatigue, sin, and distorted thinking.
“You must encourage one another each day. And you must keep on while there is still a time that can be called “today.” If you don’t, then sin may fool some of you and make you stubborn.” Hebrews 3:12 (CEV)
Your Turn . . .
- Do you know what your noble quest is? If yes, share it with us.
- Do you have a companion or two who walks alongside you especially during those times when you are most fatigued in your body, spirit and soul?
- How does intentionally focusing on the goal (of finishing your quest well) help you keep on keeping on?
- How do you keep your story alive in your memory? (scrapbook, biography, blog, photos)
- What song from the LOTR do you especially enjoy?