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A scary diagnosis

scary diagnosisH/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska

“[T]he Orcs – who are fundamentally a race of ‘rational incarnate’ creatures, though horribly corrupted, if no more so than many Men to be met today.”

–J. R. R. Tolkien, “Letter No. 153” in response to Peter Hastings, 1954.


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Which “Lord of the Rings” character are you?

Lord of the RingsAre you a Frodo Baggins?

Or Aragorn, aka Strider?

Or the faithful Samwise Gamgee?

Or the super-competent Elf warrior, Legolas Greenleaf?

Or Éowyn, shieldmaiden of Rohan?

Or Treebeard the Ent?

Or Gollum, who once was Smeagol?

Or (I hope not!) the dark lord Sauron?

Take this 13-question quiz to find out! Click here!

P.S. I’m Gandalf. LOL

Your various eccentricities tend to amuse as often as they perplex, but your silly, warm-hearted exterior masks a shrewd and powerful tactician. All of Mordor couldn’t turn you evil, which the rest of the world better be grateful for, because let’s be honest: You’d be awesome at being evil.


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Sunday Devotional: The Promise of Eternal Life

Romans 8:9-11, 1-2

Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ
does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the One
who raised Jesus from the dead
dwells in you,
the One who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his spirit dwelling in you.
Thus, condemnation will never come
to those who are in Christ Jesus,
because the law of the Spirit
which gives life in Christ Jesus
has set you free
from the law of sin and death.

Coming Home1The Other Side of Death

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

The sick man was beside himself, sputtering, “You don’t know? You’re a Christian man, and you don’t know what’s on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door. On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with eagerness and joy.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said: “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death. But I do know one thing. I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

Gandalf quote

Love and Peace of Christ,


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Quiz for Hobbit fans: What’s your Middle-earth title?

Middle-earth quiz

Are you a Hobbit fan?

Warner Bros., the studio producing Sir Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkien Hobbit movies, has a fun quick quiz on what your Middle-earth title might be:

  • Riddlemaker?
  • Key Holder?
  • Firestarter?
  • Barrel Rider?
  • The Bowman?
  • Skin Changer?
  • Rebel Rouser?
  • The Wizard?
  • Or something else?

Take Warner Bros. fun little quiz, and discover what your Middle-earth title might be!

To take the quiz, click here!

P.S. I’m told that my Middle-earth™ title is “Fire Starter” — that “You heat things up, throw the first punch, and bring the drama.” LOL


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For Hobbit fans: See Beorn's house!

Beorn and Gandalf
Beorn is one of the most mysterious characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
He’s a skin-changer: a huge man who can skin-change into a hulking fearsome bear. He lives alone in the forest, with animals as companions, whom he’s trained to help with chores.
Sir Peter Jackson has kept the appearance of Beorn a tightly-guarded secret, except for this rumored pic of actor Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn (below), and a split-second glimpse of Beorn the Bear leaping out in the trailer of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (0:25 mark in the video below).
But we finally get to see the amazing house of Beorn in this Warner Brothers exclusive!
H/t TheOneRing.net

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For Legolas fans

TheOneRing.Net made a GIF of Legolas Greenleaf – from the trailer of the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug.

Enjoy! 😀



And here’s an improved version of the trailer, just released by Warner Brothers!



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For Hobbit fans

The trailer for the second of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies is here!!!!

Here’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!


Legolas Greenleaf is back!

A glimpse of Beorn the shapeshifter.

And Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug. Perfect!

Desolation of Smaug will be in U.S. theaters beginning December 13. 😀


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Fun Quiz: Are you a Hobbit, Dwarf, or Elf?

It’s no secret that I’m a huge J.R.R. Tolkien fan geek. So is Trail Dust. 😉
Not surprisingly, both of us –separately — have already seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of Sir Peter Jackson’s three movies of Tolkien’s book. And we both give it an enthusiastic “thumbs up”. 😀
For Tolkien fans, here’s a fun short quiz to find out which Hobbit character you most resemble. Click here!
hobbit quiz
I’m told I’m a furry-footed Bilbo Baggins!
P.S. If you’re planning to see The Hobbit: AUJ, make sure you pee first ’cause the movie’s nearly 3 hours long. Also, I suggest you NOT go to the movie, expecting the Good vs. Evil Sturm und Drang of Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit takes place 60 years before LOTR, a lighter-hearted time in Middle-earth.
H/t TheOneRing.net, the best Tolkien fan site, ever.

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Calling on the Army of Angels and Saints

In Return of the King (the third book and movie, respectively, of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Sir Peter Jackson’s peerless adaptation), the penultimate battle of good against the evil Sauron’s formidable army of Orcs, Urukhais, Trolls, Oliphants and men is the great Battle of Pelennor Fields.
The battle would not have been won by the Last Alliance of men, Elves, Dwarf and Hobbits were it not for the Army of the Dead whom Aragorn had summoned from Dunharrow.
Tolkien was a devout Catholic who began each day by attending morning Mass. There is every reason to think that, in fashioning the Army of the Dead, Tolkien had in mind the Heavenly Army of Angels and Saints.
In our time of troubles and dire need, like Aragorn, we also must call on this celestial army to help us. To that end, Joan and I will begin a new series on Angels and Saints for Fellowship of the Minds.

Protestants are allergic to the word “saint,” but what the word simply means is holy or pure. And those who are “in” Heaven necessarily are holy and pure, i.e., saints. Notwithstanding their holiness, saints were flawed human beings like you and me. Take St. Augustine of Hippo for example. Did you know that before his conversion, Augustine had lived a wanton life of concubines, partying, and loose living?
The lives of saints, therefore, can serve as inspiring role models for us in our own quest to become holy. I don’t know about you, but I do want to be holy because I so yearn to see God face to face. Being irrepressibly curious about almost everything, I want to spend eternity plumbing the mysteries of His creation, as well as assist in the ongoing struggle against evil.
Why should we ask the Angels and Saints to help us?
Simply put, because we need them and because they care about us and want to help us.
Jesus’ parable of Lazarus the beggar (see Luke 16:19-31) assumes that the deceased man is aware of those still living, is concerned with them, and wants to pray for them. In St. John’s Revelation, the Christian martyrs in Heaven know what is happening on Earth, and they pray to God to accomplish justice there. In addition, both the Saints and the Angels in Heaven bring to God’s throne “the prayers of the holy ones” (see Revelation 6:9-11; 5:6-8; 8:3-4).
In such passages, we find Saints and Angels mediating before God for believers on Earth, either interceding or otherwise assisting them. Does this contradict St. Paul’s statement that “there is…one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)?  No, because Paul wasn’t excluding the participation of others in Christ’s mediating role.
In fact, whenever Christians pray for one another, whether in Heaven or on Earth, they are doing just that. In a similar way, Jesus is the “chief” Shepherd of his flock (see John 10:11-16; 1 Pt 5:4), yet he assigns lesser shepherds to take part in this ministry (see John 21:15-17; Ephesians 4:11).
We ask the Saints and Angels for their help, then, for the same reason that we ask our fellow Christians on Earth to pray for us and assist us. For as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are interdependent members of the Body of Christ, on Earth and “in” Heaven! (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
Joan will begin the series with an account of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, whose feast day is today, June 22.
God bless you!

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The Cat Hobbit

Watch the trailer of The Hobbit again, this time kitty style.
What better way to begin a week? LOL
H/t TheOneRing.
And here’s Trailer Cats’ version of the 3rd and last of the Dark Knight Batman movies. I like how the villainous Catwoman is a dog. LOL

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