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Sunday Devotional: How long, O Lord?

Habakkuk 1:2-3

How long, O LORD? I cry for help
but you do not listen!
I cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not intervene.
Why do you let me see ruin;
why must I look at misery?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and clamorous discord.

The prophet Habakkuk’s complaint resonates with us, for we similarly are anguished and frustrated.

The answers are in today’s other Scriptural readings:

2 Timothy1:6-8

I remind you, to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice
but rather of power and love and self-control.
So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord,
nor of me, a prisoner for his sake;
but bear your share of hardship for the gospel
with the strength that comes from God.


Luke 17:10

So should it be with you.
When you have done all you have been commanded…

In other words, we soldier on — “bear our share of hardship,” do “all you have been commanded” with a spirit of courage, power, love and self-control, and spread the gospel of truth.

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

As J.R.R. Tolkien put it in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

“It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

May the courage and love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,


LOTR’s ethereal Legolas is forever tainted because of Orlando Bloom’s dick

It’s no secret to FOTM readers that I’m a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and Sir Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy.

While my favorite character in the books is the humble and loyal Samwise Gamgee, in the movies the Elven prince Legolas is a close second because of actor Orlando Bloom’s portrayal — ethereal, unruffled, not a (long flaxen) hair out of place even in the midst of battle, with preternatural athletic prowess. Witness this breathtaking scene of Logolas taking a flying leap onto a horse, from the second LOTR movie: The Two Towers.

In fact, it was Legolas that catapulted the then-unknown Bloom to instant stardom, which secured Bloom his roles in the execrable Pirates of the Caribbean and other movies.

But I’ll no longer be able to watch the LOTR trilogy without the disgusting image of Bloom’s penis spoiling all of Legolas’ scenes.

Orlando Bloom, 39, and his current girlfriend, pop singer Katy Perry, were on vacation this week in Sardinia, Italy, and for some reason, he decided to paddle-board stark naked.

New York Daily Post broke the story and published pics of Bloom, but with a discreet black bar superimposed over his crotch.

Orlando Bloom naked

Other sites, of course, ran with the uncensored version of naked Orlando. Click here, but be forewarned that . . . .

eye bleach shocked cat

Reportedly, Bloom is mortified, angry and frustrated by the uncensored pics. But he has no one but himself to blame, as no one put a gun to his head to sport around naked in public.

He also has crappy tastes in women:

  • Impregnating before marrying, then divorcing, the narcissistic Australian “supermodel” Miranda Kerr.
  • Briefly dating the slutty-looking Selena Gomez. See her leering like a gargoyle in the Verizon commercial below, looking like a transvestite with a lot of mileage and much older than her 24 years.
  • And now consorting with avowed satanist Katy Perry.

Many of Perry’s biggest hit songs have to do with lesbianism, bestiality, the Illuminati, and selling one’s soul to the Devil — which she admitted on video:


Smaug the dragon in gingerbread!

Whatever you may think of Peter Jackson’s cinematic Hobbit trilogy, even Tolkien purists have no beef with Jackson’s rendering of the malevolent dragon Smaug.

Now a Swedish artist and sculptor has constructed Smaug from gingerbread.

Stockholm’s Aftonbladet reports, Dec. 23, 2014, that 27-year-old Swedish artist and sculptor Caroline Eriksson has gingerbread in the blood. During childhood, her family had a tradition of building a gingerbread house at Christmas time.

“But I got tired of it and wanted to do the harder stuff. So I started building towers and ships and such,” says Eriksson.

Last year, Eriksson built a gingerbread Optimus Prime, a character in the Transformers movies, and won first prize in a contest — a trip to Bali. 

This year, Eriksson took two weeks and many late evenings to construct a 70 cm (28 in.) long, 50 cm (20 in.) tall replica of the dragon Smaug entirely out of gingerbread.

Caroline Eriksson's gingerbread Smaug

Caroline Eriksson’s gingerbread Smaug

H/t TheOneRing

See also “A dragon in his garden” about John Brooker, 75, who spent 10 years sculpting the hedgerow outside his cottage in Norfolk, England, into a huge, 100 ft. long, magnificent dragon, complete with six legs, wings, and pointed teeth.


Mythology of Tolkien’s Middle-earth in 4 minutes

For J.R.R. Tolkien geeks

This is a hoot (in spite of the mis-spelling of wizard Saruman’s name).

Bonus video: Tolkien’s Silmarillion in just 3 minutes! LOL


Concerning Hobbits, Authors, Critics and Fans…

Here is an interesting article for all of us who love the works of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Peter Jackson. This is just an excerpt. There is a link at the end to the whole article. ~TD 

A Pilgrim in Narnia

The Hobbit as a Living Text: The Battle of 5 Blogs

hobbit battle of 5 armies posters jacksonThis post is part of the Battle of the Five Blogs, or six blogs to be precise. It is a throw-down of various Tolkien bloggers who are thinking about the release of the final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy,  The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Other bloggers in this series are Kat SasJames MoffettSørina HigginsCrystal Hurd, and Matthew Rettino. Follow the links to check out their reviews, recaps, and rants. We encourage comments and links to your own reviews, recaps, and rants.

The Hobbit as Living Text

There is a curious thing that happens to C.S. Lewis’ writing: He made friends.

I think that most true J.R.R. Tolkien fans are going to hate The Hobbit: The Battle of 5 Armies, the newest and last installment of Peter Jackson’s series. Some of those fans detested the Lord of the Rings trilogy on film, while I loved them. I lack the technical, absolutely precise knowledge of the massive myth project that are the books that make up The Lord of the Rings, The HobbitThe Silmarillion, and the dozen or so other books that tell us about the History of Middle Earth. The second language in my home is not Quenya or Entish, and I haven’t tracked the number of new moons that pass in Frodo’s long journey to Mordor.

The Hobbit Dwarfs FilmI loved the LOTR films. And though there are moments that make you wince in The Hobbit trilogy—poor computer imaging, characters bent out of narrative shape, unclear lusts and motivations, uneven storytelling, genre confusion, and a general lack of Hobbitishness—I have quite enjoyed the films, as films. I went last night to The Battle of 5 Armies and had a great night out with friends.

But even I, who am willing to throw myself into the adaptation projected on screen, felt uncomfortable at times with how Jackson seems to bend what is to me a pretty straight story.

And yet…. And yet… I want to suggest that Jackson’s bending of Tolkien, and my discomfort with it, and the 100s of angry reviews online are all part of the tale.

Let me explain why…

The Hobbit as a Living Text: The Battle of 5 Blogs.

2 maps show pro-life is gaining in America!


J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit that are so loved by millions across the world, once wrote this in a letter:

“Actually I am a Christian and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains (and in legend may contain more clearly and movingly) some samples or glimpses of final victory.” 

Conservatives and Christians with our ears to the ground, aka high-information voters, sometimes get discouraged by the daily news of the unrelenting corruption of Americans and of our culture.

It seems we are losing the culture wars — what Tolkien ruefully called a “long defeat.”

Take heart, my friends!

The following two maps are from the pro-choice pro-abortion pro-murder Guttmacher Institute, showing the encouraging pro-life shift in opinion in America in just 13 years, as evidenced by various state legislatures’ restrictions on abortion.



The source of the maps is a sympathetic article on American abortionists murderers, by Karen McVeigh, in the UK-based The Guardian of Nov. 21, 2014. The tone of the article is one of shock and dismay that America has grown more pro-life.

Such is the corrupt soul of The Guardian and its “senior news reporter” Karen McVeigh that they rue the pro-life advances made in America, having sympathy only for the devil.

H/t California Catholic Daily


Fans of Tolkien & Jackson! Trailer of 3rd Hobbit movie is here!


The Battle of the Five Armies, sadly our last visit to Middle-earth, will hit America’s movie screens on December 17.