Post #24: Good, evil, and Gandalf the Grey

At the risk of my English teacher possibly stumbling upon this, I’m going to talk about something random I noticed about Lord of the Rings and its characters. (My school is one of those that generally looks down upon anything that’s “magical” in nature, yet will discuss C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because the aforementioned witch is “an allegory for Satan.” Harry Potter and Gandalf are bad because they supposedly glorify witchcraft. OK…) Anyhow, speaking of Lewis, he wrote something in the book Mere Christianity that made me think:

“The better stuff a creature is made of–the cleverer and stronger and freer it is–then the better it will be if it goes right, but also the worse it will be if it goes wrong. A cow cannot be very good or very bad; a dog can be both better and worse; a child better and worse still; an ordinary man, still more so; a man of genius, still more so; a superhuman spirit best–or worst–of all” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 53).

Now we see the same idea at work in Lord of the Rings (which isn’t much of a surprise since J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were very good friends). Most of the evil forces in the book are pretty much good beings that were corrupted. (On a side note, have you ever noticed that satan has to take what God’s already created and has to pervert it? Just thought I’d throw that in there.) For example: Gollum used to be a hobbit. The ringwraiths used to be men. The orcs used to be elves. Saruman used to be a good wizard (wizards, btw, according to the Encyclopedia of Arda–wow, I’m such a nerd–are really spirits in human form). Sauron, the dark lord, used to be one of the most powerful “gods” (that’s not quite right, I don’t think, but that’s the only word I can come up with) of Middle Earth. See what I mean? The more powerful they are, the freakier and more evil they become when they get corrupted. Which, I think, is why the total depravity of man is probably one of the most flattering comments on the human race that I can think of…but that’s for another post. (Hehe.)

So take that! (Muahahahaha.)
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Guys, as a general rule, look good in beanies. I haven’t found one that doesn’t. So, gentlemen, if you want to attract girls, start wearing beanies more often. *wink*
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*LiNk oF tHe DaY* online literature. They’ve got hundreds of books just sitting there waiting for you to read them. So go do it, and you’ll have an excuse to stay on the computer.

Mom: “Are you still on that computer??”
You: “I’m reading a book now.”


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