Lord of the Rings

A Lesson in Perseverance from LOTR

When Frodo began his journey in The Fellowship of the Ring, it was a journey he never would have anticipated taking, one he fought against traveling. Yet he went, and he was thrust from his quiet, safe world into a world of adventure and danger.

He and the fellowship traveling alongside him fought against orks and ring wraiths and giant spiders and mountains and fire and Smeagol and more! Many times Frodo wanted to give up, but he kept pressing on. Perhaps the greatest obstacle he faced was the temptation of putting on the ring, a ring that would make him invisible. How easily he could slip past the enemies with it on! But the ring that could have saved him, also attracted evil. In spite of it all, he kept moving forward. And through it all, he was never alone.

Throughout our lives each of us has likely ventured out on an unknown and unplanned journey, down a road we never intended to take. Maybe it’s family changes: a death, divorce, unplanned pregnancy. Or maybe it’s career changes with layoffs or difficult co-workers. For writers, some have found success with little effort, while others fight for every inch gained.

Life is seldom easy, but worthwhile journeys rarely travel straight, paved roads. And when we set our eyes on the goal God set for us, we’ll never be alone.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12 – 14

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Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson is the author of the gritty Coming Home Series. She writes authentic and life-affirming fiction. Learn more about Brenda at www.BrendaAndersonBooks.com.

14 thoughts on “A Lesson in Perseverance from LOTR”

  1. I think of Bilbo as well, he surely didn’t want to go with the Dwarfs. He wanted to stay in his little hobbit home. And Thorin continued to doubt him, Bilbo always came through. Everyone was surprised by how the hobbit handled the journey, but Bilbo was the most surprised in himself. Perseverance runs in that family, as it does the children of God.

    1. You’re right about persevering not being fun. The road is paved with so many doubts & pitfalls, so often it would be easy to quit & turn back. But the journey is what builds our character, right?

  2. Though I’ve never read LOTR, your post is so true and a great lesson. Thanks for sharing, Brenda.

  3. Sorry ladies, I haven’t been able to comment much over the past week or so. I’ve read most of the post though 🙂 I’ll go comment on some right after I finish writing this comment 😉 I love your post Brenda. It’s important to remind ourselves we are never alone to go through the hard times. Too often we try to do it all ourselves, but we have to learn to lean on our Savior to give us strength and help us through those hard times 😀 So many great lessons can be learn from LOTR. I’m so glad M. Tolkien wrote those books! 🙂

    1. Tolkien was a genius, wasn’t he? I knew the books were good, but didn’t realize how deep they were until this Inksper series where each of us has a different takeaway from them.

  4. Perfect way to wind up this theme. Perseverance can be scary…but soooooo fulfilling too. Love the way you’ve brought LOTR back to the one of the most fundamental principles of the gospel.

  5. Yes, it can be fulfilling, Kav! Great point. During the journey it doesn’t feel that way at times, but if we keep pressing on we’ll arrive at the goal God sets for us. 🙂

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