Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Our Enemy - Tolkien

As I was reading through The Hobbit a couple years ago this stuck out at me. It seems to be a great anology of our enemy Satan and his demons.

“Now goblins are cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted. They make no beautiful things, but they make many clever ones. They can tunnel and mine as well as any, when they take trouble, though they are usually untidy and dirty. Hammers, axes, swords, daggers, pickaxes, tongs, and also instruments of torture, they make very well, or get other people to make to their design, prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light. It is not unlikely that they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once, for wheels and engines and explosions always delighted them, and also not working with their own hands more than they could help; but in those days and those wild parts they had not advanced (as it is called) so far. They did not hate dwarves especially, no more then they hated everybody and everything, and particularly the orderly and prosperous; in some parts wicked dwarves had even made alliances with them. But they had a special grudge against Thorin’s people, because of the war which you have heard mentioned, but which does not come into this tale; and anyway goblins don’t care who they catch, as long as it is done smart and secret, and the prisoners are not able to defend themselves.”

-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit-

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
-Ephesians 6:12-


At Tuesday, June 13, 2006 6:19:00 PM, Blogger missmellifluous said...

I think you could be right: a very apt analogy. Makes me want to read Tolkien.

This part, "prisoners and slaves that have to work till they die for want of air and light" reminded me of what it is like to be a slave to anything, not just goblins. It resounds with the Bible's depiction of Jesus as light and our inability to experience real life without him. Very poignant.

At Wednesday, June 14, 2006 6:17:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

It is so easy to forget that human beings are not our enemies, especially wehn we feel wronged...are wronged....we have only one enemy and He is already defeated...
we have a hard time remembering that one too...:)

At Thursday, June 15, 2006 3:14:00 AM, Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

I love Tolkien, TLOTR was a litle wordy for me but I did enjoy it. The Hobbit is much better. yes this is a great analogy for the enemies we face.

Christians do have a defence though, we are clothed in righteousnes and have available the Armor of the Lord.



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