Gandalf and a Swift Sunrise

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were profoundly united in friendship, made all the stronger by their literary bonds and more, their common faith in Christ. Yet, when it came to how that faith should be expressed in story - they strongly differed. Tolkien's masterpiece - Lord of the Rings, intentionally had minimal metaphors or allusions to Christianity. Yet, a beautifully consistent Christian worldview weaves through the masterpiece.

One of my favorite quotes in the Return of the King (LoR3) is when Gandalf describes to Pippin his death and what lay on the other side of the veil that separates this life from the life to come. Gandalf, having returned (or really - having been SENT back) is able to truly describe it. These words, I can sit with and hold . . . I hope you will also.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International