Valuing the Warning
I’ve just finished reading this book by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by his son Christopher and with stunning illustrations by Alan Lee. A friend warned me ‘not to be in a dark place’ when I read it, and I can see why! Never before have I encountered such a sad tale from Middle Earth and I doubt I ever will again. Just to clarify I will read it again as I enjoyed it, but it’s a tragedy. Those seeking the sort of redemption or justice found by our friends Bilbo, Frodo and co. will not find it here!
I don’t want to provide spoilers as I would recommend reading this book, provided you aren’t in a dark place yourself. The back cover alone warns readers that a man named Húrin and his children face constant oppression from the evil Morgoth. It results in a shadow following them wherever they go, tainting their good intentions and affecting their hopes and dreams, even those of their companions and loved ones. This is seen most in Húrin’s son Túrin, the man with so much prowess in battle and great potential. Every good deed he does, and every positive in his life in time is afflicted by the shadow. As a reader, though you will him on and hope that things will turn out for good, you face one disappointment after another. Never will Túrin be aided by a wizard or an eagle!
Disappointments and Shadows
Sometimes life feels like that doesn’t it? One disappointment after another, as though a shadow is following us or an awful unexpected thing has happened to bring us low?
As a Christian at times I take comfort from the words of Romans chapter 8 verse 28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Do you love God? If so I hope this promise is of help to you, especially is you are going through a dark time. I’m sure it would’ve helped J.R.R. Tolkien too in his journey as a Christian. Thanks and respect to the Tolkiens for another great story.