Can you believe we are almost done!! Only one more book left!! AH!
I'm going to do something a little different for this post. There are a lot of symbols in The Lord of the Rings, and there a lot of lessons to learn. For example: fighting evil, fighting for what is right, friendship, willpower, one's duty, sacrifice, etc. I would like everyone to pick a topic from Lord of the Rings and write a little something about it.
I would like to talk about Theoden vs Denethor or in other words Courage vs Despair. Their lives and stories have so many similarities, but their outcomes are so different. Lets list some stuff:
They are both rulers of their lands
Theoden is King of Rohan while Denethor is the steward of Gondor.
Both are troubled by the war
They both lost a son
Theoden loses Theodrid, and Denethor loses Boromir.
Both are shaken by the loss of their son.
They are both influenced by the enemy.
Theoden is heavily influenced by Wormtongue/Saruman, and Denethor is influenced by the palantir/Sauron.
They both die
They die in very different ways, but they both die.
There are other similarities, but my mind is drawing a blank. These are the big ones though.
Anyhoo, Gandalf is able to help Theoden regain himself, and Theoden becomes an amazing character! He leads his people with courage and great leadership. He is kind and loving with Eowyn and Eomer. His death is one of my favorites, and his lines are EPIC! "I go to my fathers. And even in their mighty company I shall not now be ashamed." I LOVE THAT! My favorite line in any movie! There are a lot of lines in books that are awesome, so I can't really say it's my favorite for books. Theoden knows he has done all he can, and he is not afraid to die. He dies in peace. I can only hope of having that kind of peace and knowledge when I die.
p.s. I think Theoden's death was better in the movie. I like that Eowyn is the last one he sees and speaks to.
Denethor succumbs to grief, anger, and pain. I don't feel like he ever gets over his mourning for Boromir. He doesn't ride out to battle with his soldiers. He gives up. He decides everyone is going to burn, and he wants to commit suicide! AND he wants to take Faramir with him. How sad is that? Denethor could have been a great man like Theoden, but instead he chooses despair.
Theoden dies leading his people into battle, and facing off with the enemy. He has overcome his grief. He is a mighty man. It is a tragedy that he dies. Denethor dies with the ultimate act of despair, suicide.
This makes me really think about my life and what I choose. There are always ups and downs in life. I want to face my challenges with courage, not despair. I want to pick myself up and do what I feel is right.
I look forward to everyone insights on things. Please link up your post!