Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Don’t you think? This song just about always put a big smile on my face, which can only be topped when I hear “Feliz Navidad”. What is it about Christmas music that that can steer our emotions so effectively? Sure, all music can do this, but I feel it most deeply with Christmas music. Whether it’s excitement from “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, or yearning from “Merry Christmas, Darling”, or that deep peace when I have a gentle instrumental version of “Silent Night” and others in the background, it affects me profoundly.

As a Hobbit Dear- Chapter 4

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 4: Ever After “Pearl, you shouldn’t be cleaning up my house all by yourself,” he muttered as I tucked him in. “And you shouldn’t have to […]

As a Hobbit Dear: Chapter 3

By Amanda Pizzolatto Word Count: 2752 Rating: PG Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale. Chapter 3: The Return We walked in silence behind my brother and our friends, who were still chatting about oliphaunts and orcs and Nazgul. A shiver went […]

As A Hobbit Dear-Chapter 2

By Amanda Pizzolatto

Word Count: 2752

Rating: PG

Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale.

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Image Credit: Ron Garlington

Chapter 2: The Healing of Hurts

I don’t know how long I slept or what happened during that time, but when I finally came to, I was in a lovely room and lying in a soft bed. The air here was cooler, sweeter than that of Mordor. I could also hear the happy chirping of birds. The first thought that ran through my mind was, am I dead?

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As A Hobbit Dear: Table of Contents

By Amanda Pizzolatto

Word Count: 2752

Rating: PG

Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale.

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Image Credit: Rob Garlington

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As a Hobbit Dear: Chapter 1

By Amanda Pizzolatto

Word Count: 2752

Rating: PG

Summary: Having accompanied Frodo and Sam to Mount Doom, Pearl Took gives her version of the end of the tale.

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Image Credit: Rob Garlington

Chapter 1: The End of All Things

This was it, this was the end of the line, and we had finally made it. Why was he hesitating?

“Frodo?” He turned, and our eyes locked. Something was wrong, very wrong.

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A Journey of Virtues: Reflections of Advent Ideas in The Lord of the Rings

“Surely, everyone has heard the story of the symbolism of the Advent candles: hope, love, joy, and peace. These virtues are also reflected in The Lord of the Rings as well as other Tolkien works.”