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For those who want access to power - Gandalf: “Don't tempt me! I dare not take this Ring, not even to keep it safe! Understand, I would use this Ring out of a desire to do good, but through me, it would wield a power too great and terrible to imagine.”
2) Watching Fellowship of the Ring tonight with my kids and the exchange btwn Gandalf and Saruman where Saruman tells him Sauron, the Dark Lord, is too powerful and must be submitted to. Gandalf refuses and is exiled. We face the same choice today.
3) The Nazgul, Ringwraiths, close upon The Prancing Pony and Frodo asks what they are. The Black Riders. Strider answers ...
4) Tolkien’s insight into human pride, greed, and the propensity to compromise conviction for the quest for power is something we should pay attention to in all of our hearts. And churches. And political parties.
5) Elrond: “I was there three thousand years ago, when Isildur took the Ring. I was there the day the strength of Men failed.”
6) At the point in Fellowship where Boromir is really struggling with the temptation to power from the Ring. He wants to use the Ring to vanquish evil, but grasping for it will destroy him. Boromir is a good man. He means well. But, he cares more about the Ends than the Means.
7) Boromir is courageous and a great fighter. He just saved Frodo from that tentacle laden water creature at the Mines of Moria. He has power and knows how to wield it as the heir of the Ruling Steward of Gondor. But that doesn’t mean he can handle the ring of power.
8) Sméagol/Gollum is what it looks like after the Ring of Power has had its way and fully corrupted the one who seeks it - “My Precious.”
9) And yet, the Ring and the evil is not all there is. There is something else at work. Something Good.
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