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Scholarly Pursuits  by Antane 29 Review(s)
PSWReviewed Chapter: 5 on 4/1/2018
You know, I have never really thought to draw the parallels between Faramir and Sam as you have done here, but it makes perfect sense. Is also funny -- as Sam has always been my favorite Hobbit, Faramir has always been my favorite non-Hobbit. There's just something about them ...

There were so many things that grabbed me throughout the course of this article that I pretty much gave up on trying to remember each one specifically. Suffice it to say, Faramir's outlook and actions are inspiring and inspired. As you show, there is much in his character for which each of us would do well to strive. I very much enjoyed it -- thx for writing!

I've also been reading the beginning of your 'Moments of Grace ...' book. There are a few things in the first couple of chapters (among others, the tension between Bilbo's Tookish side and Baggins side, and how to draw them into balance) that very much speak to a situation I am currently discerning in my own life -- 'where to next?', in short. I very much appreciate the insights. Thanks so much for your work on these!

Author Reply: A belated but heartfelt thank you for all your kind comments here! I am glad you are enjoying my book. :) I am hard at work on another focusing on Frodo and Bilbo's journey, due out on their birthday this year. Faramir is my favorite man as well, a gentle man and a gentleman, a hobbit in a man's skin.
Eowyn is the luckiest lass in all Middle-earth.

Namarie, God bless and hugs, Antane :)

PSWReviewed Chapter: 4 on 9/8/2016
I have always loved Sam so much. It is wonderful to me how this simple soul is showcased as a hero -- in some ways 'the' hero. At least, he and Frodo were 'the' hero together. Truly an example of God working through out weaknesses.

Very nice, thanks for writing!

Author Reply: Thanks terribly. :) Frodoandsam rock. I already knew that, but it was great to increase my appreciation for this great hero writing this and the separate one about Frodo.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

PSWReviewed Chapter: 3 on 9/6/2016
Freedom is the ability to turn away from what we want in order to do that which we know we should. I do love the line in the ROTK movie between Theoden and his men -- 'Too few have come. We cannot defeat the armies of Mordor.' 'No we cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless.'

So much inspiration throughout this wonderful story...

Thanks for writing!

Author Reply: Thanks for reviewing! :) Yes indeed, this whole story is soaked in inspiration. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

PSWReviewed Chapter: 2 on 9/5/2016
I'm so glad to be back to this! I had intended to read more last year, but I've been in a bit of a rut and have only just started reading anything w any substance to it again... ;-)

There was so much in here that caught my eye, but a couple of things really stood out: 1) having to make the choice to say yes again and again, not just once. So true for all of us. And 2) Aragorn's comment that there are some things it's better to begin than refuse, even if the end is dark. I think this really wraps into Sam's comment later that Frodo knows what he must do, he's just working up the courage. This is really something to keep in mind, and most of the time a very hard thing...

Thanks so much for writing, I very much enjoyed. Hopefully I'll get to the next one a lot sooner. :-P I bought your book as well, and am looking forward to reading it as well!

Author Reply: Thank *you* so much for enjoying! Glad you did - and even happier that you bought my book! Le hannon and hobbity hugs :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 13 on 6/11/2016
Oh, I love this, Antane. You know how much I honor Tom!

Author Reply: Glad you enjoyed it, my dear Larner!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/31/2016
His strength to command others is great, but it does not flow from a tainted source

I love that. And your perception that he and Goldberry "bring back the hobbits’ love of nature, which was damaged by the malice in the Old Forest" is very interesting and perceptive. I enjoyed reading this.

My loving thoughts to you and your family as your dad goes through these challenges. *hearts;

Author Reply: Thanks, my dear. I can't take credit for the perception about the Old Forest, but I am glad you liked it. Dad is doing better. He's got more lives than a cat. :) Another friend of mine also called them challenges. I like that word for them.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

LyanaReviewed Chapter: 13 on 5/30/2016
Tom Bombadil and Goldberry have enchanted me since the first time I read LOTR. They are indeed absolutely pivotal to the narrative! I was so sad to see that he was entirely left out of the movies; I always thought that Robin Williams would have been incredible in that part...

Author Reply: Yeah, Robin would have been great. Thanks for stopping by and reviewing!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

periantariReviewed Chapter: 5 on 10/20/2015
Very well thought out and really said all the points that i wanted to make regarding why Faramir is such a man of quality. I think there are really good references you made and i think you even mentioned that Frodo and Faramir may have some similarities. Also enjoyed the point that it was meant that Boromir had went on the Quest and if Faramir had, then the fate of all would've been quite different and it'll be a different story all together. :)

Author Reply: Le hannon! Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

PSWReviewed Chapter: 1 on 10/13/2015
So, I just really found this site, and I was so excited to come across this series! I will definitely be reading them over the next few months, as I find any time that permits me to ponder deeper things... :-)

This was very interesting, lots to think about. One particular bit that jumped out at me was "Indeed, it is only after Frodo fulfills his vocation that his will fails at last. Even if Ring-bearer and Ring-destroyer is thought by others and by Frodo himself to be one and the same, they are actually two different missions in God’s mind, for He knows it is too much for one person to sustain." It is not something I had really thought about before in the context of Frodo and the Ring ... but is really quite something to remember -- that often we take on without realizing it more than we are intended to.

Another bit was "Nowhere in the text are decisions freely made by individual characters or groups abrogated." This is something that I have had occasion to think on in the past, and is something (at least I think) that is also quite difficult to remember at times. We cannot control all the circumstances around us...

Thanks so much for posting this, I look forward to reading the next one!

Author Reply: Thank *you* so much for your kind words! Glad you enjoyed. Always nice to find a new fan. :) As you liked what you saw here, you may also like the book I published called Moments of Grace and Spiritual Warfare in The Lord of the Ring. It also includes a chapter on The Hobbit. if you want to take a peek and get your own copy!

Namarie, God bless and hobbity hugs, Antane :)

shireboundReviewed Chapter: 12 on 10/11/2015
Frodo has not reached this point of understanding yet himself, and so he does not realize that his will was the least free then to make its own choice. With all the other memories stolen from him were the lessons learned after Weathertop, at Minas Morgul, and in Mordor, about the coercive powers of evil to subvert his will to its own.

What a fascinating and perceptive conclusion. Your essay is wonderful, and has given me a lot to think about.

Author Reply: Le hannon, my dear! Glad you enjoyed even though it was so angsty.

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

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