Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues
Mark Eddy Smith

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Narrated By: Simon Vance

Duration: 2 hours and 56 minutes

What to expect

“As I get older and learn more of what sort of person I am, and continue sojourning to the rich soil of the Shire and the high tower of Minas Tirith, I discover that many of my notions of what is good and right and noble in this world have their source in that one.”—from the author

The Lord of the Rings offers us essential lessons in living. Here we discover ordinary virtues like generosity, pity, hospitality and rest. We meet extraordinary people like Bilbo, Gandolf, Tom Bombadil and Glorfindel. We learn about the roots of destruction in pride and betrayal. And we find the ingredients for success, such as community and sacrifice.

Each of us, even the most simple, is called to a journey. We may be asked to leave behind everything we have grown dependent on. And when this is the case, the tale of Frodo and his friends offers hope that we will be given the strength and the help we need to overcome every obstacle and defeat every foe. This book will help you find the way.


Christianity, Philosophy of religion, Literature: history and criticism

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“Contains…original ideas.”

Publishers Weekly

“With insight, humor, and a good deal of personal passion for his subject, Mark Eddy Smith offers glimpses into the deeper spiritual meaning of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.”, editorial review

“Mark Eddy Smith’s gentle account of Tolkien’s ordinary virtues gets to the very quick of the great storyteller’s vision.”

Colin Duriez, author of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings and The Inklings Handbook

“Writing in graceful, easy prose, Smith invites us to admire Tolkien not only for the epic scope of his imagination but also for the depth of his spiritual insight.”