J.R.R. Tolkien and Me

My mother has had a great impact on my life (love & protection). My wife has had a great impact on my life (love & growth). My children have had a great impact on my life (love & pride).

Outside of my family, no one has had as great an impact on my life as J.R.R. Tolkien. Not my pastor. Not my congressperson. No one.

Tolkien has taught me how to look at our primary world and my unique role therein; how to cherish our world; and how to imagine what a better world looks like.

If you've read Tolkien's legendarium closely, you'll understand concepts like (1) finding yourself in the song of your existence; (2) having a deep and intimate relationship with your environment; and (3) the vital importance of fellowship.

Sam tells us about the song of his existence when he realizes that his journey is just a continuation of the same journey started by the legends of old thousands and thousands of years before.

Treebeard and Tom Bombadil show us how and why deep connections with your environment is paramount. Without that relationship, you will never protect your world.

The bond between Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin could not be broken, even in the face of the most evil artifact ever created (The Ring). The hobbits never turned against each other. Imagine if we all fellowshipped like the hobbits in this world.

As I've already mentioned, I'm on a mission to curate the deepest and most intimate relationship possible with our natural world. Reading Tolkien has proved invaluable in this endeavor.

Understanding Tolkien enables me to understand our natural world better. Going deeper into Middle Earth is synonymous with #ACEingNature for me.

If you are a fan of Tolkien and his legendarium, you get this. If you are not a fan, maybe this is your sign to become one. 😀

If you want to really understand Tolkien and the world he created, let @tolkienprof guide you. He has brought Middle Earth to life for me like no one else can.

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