Although much of JRR Tolkien’s works have spiritual undertones, I was particularly struck by the imagery of this movie. Smaug the great dragon has been killed. The people of Laketown gather in need of shelter, food, and clothing. Thorin Oakenshield, once a great leader, inhabits Lonely Mountain unwilling to share even one piece of gold.
Dwalin: “You sit here, in these vast halls, with a crown upon your head and yet you are lesser now than you have ever been.”
“You cannot see what you have become.”
Kili: “I will not hide, when others fight our battles for us.”
Of course, he comes around to be the great leader we all knew he was, abandoning wealth and power. Redemption.
And as Gandolf leaves Bilbo with the powerful ring… “You really are just a little fellow, in a wide world.” Perspective.
I don’t know if I was all to ready for this new year. Even so, I know who I want to be.
I want to be brave and not hide.
I want to love in close proximity… to do that, I know I must be quieter, stiller, gentler.
I want to kneel because I know I am just a little fellow in a wide world. I know I need God.
In this new year, what do you hope for?