From the Author
Tolkien did not write allegories. He hated allegories. What is thematter with you, trying to shove all this religion into his story?
Hold off. I don't claim Tolkien intended any of this. That's not thepoint I'm making. This is a simple tale of God horning his way onto mycouch, taking up more than his fair share of space, and interrupting meevery five seconds as he points out things he wants me to learn.
God can be obnoxious. God can be persistent. I have a feeling whenTolkien was writing his little tale, and when Peter Jackson (hereaftercalled "P.J.") was editing it all together, God was sitting over theirshoulders, nudging them, pointing, and saying, "Oh, wait, put me in thispart... this is good."
He is annoying like that.
So wipe that judgmental scowl off your face and kick back with theextended versions of The Lord of the Rings films. Familiaritywith them is necessary, not optional, unless you like being totallylost. Each chapter in this book corresponds with a chapter in theextended films. If you have not seen them yet, go buy them. I will wait.
God is about to irritate and inspire you, and give you a kick in theseat of the pants wherever you need it. If he doesn't make you mad bythe end, he's not doing his job (and he always does his job).
After this, you'll never look at Middle-earth the same way again.
About the Author
She is the editor of anart, literature, and film webzine, Femnista,and also professionally edits for a magazine.