Posts by noamsienna

December 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

Middle-Earth Midrash (part four)

Continued from here, here, and here. “Quite a little fellow in a wide world”: Smallness, Significance, and Finding Balance  The Hobbit ends, in some sense, where it began: in Bilbo’s comfortable hole in the Shire. Bilbo, Gandalf, and Balin are enjoying the simple pleasures of a tobacco jar and each other’s company. Hearing of the […]

December 24, 2013 at 1:00 am

Middle-Earth Midrash (part 3)

(Continued from parts one and two) “The Bravest Thing He Ever Did”: Valour, Victory, and the Great Battle There is an emphasis throughout Tolkien’s work on what one might call “true heroism,” which comes not from martial victory and certainly not through needless violence, but from the choices we make to conduct ourselves with dignity. […]

December 18, 2013 at 2:00 am

Middle-Earth Midrash (part 2)

(continued from part one here) “Over You Gold Shall Have No Dominion”: Greed, Goodness, and Learning to Grow The Dwarvish love of gold was not necessarily an inherent curse: the Dwarves were lovers of stones and gems, but “they are not evil by nature, and few ever served the Enemy of free will, whatever the […]