Month: July 2004

“Work and leisure are complementary parts of the same living process and cannot be separated without destroying the joy of work and the bless of leisure.” E.F. Schumacher

Sauron: Control Freak    Sauron is a pretty plain character: Evil, unadulterated and cunning and powerful evil. But it’s the nature of his evil that’s interesting. Tolkien told his publisher, …

Elven Sleep               After the defeat of Sauron and celebration, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, the Hobbits and everyone else bedded down. But not Legolas the Elf. He said …

“If you would make a man happy, study not to augment his goods; but to diminish his wants.” Orestes Brownson

Giant on Giant In January, 1910, H.L. Mencken wrote of Chesterton’s George Bernard Shaw: “The cleverest man in all the world, with the second cleverest as his subject, is here …

Every unkind thought reflects a defect in my soul, which is connected to my mind, which is connected to my brain. Therefore, how can I ever be sure that …

Ents   The lovable Ents. The most ancient of peoples of Middle Earth. They were the shepherd of the trees, and, like their wards, they were trees—but mobile and …

“Where all are free to aim to be first no one is contented to be second.” Orestes Brownson

St. Gandalf There were five of them. Not gods, not elves, not men. They came to Middle Earth early in the Third Age. Forming the Order of Istari, the …

Aragorn’s Soul Butterbur the innkeeper almost got a mouthful of iron when he spoke harshly about Strider, telling Frodo, “if I was in your plight, I wouldn’t take up …

“Like all secular saints, she canonizes herself.” Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman

Modern Christological arguments often strike me as ridiculous. In these arguments, theologians debate the Person of Christ in light of his unique nature as God and man. From what …