The Axe of a Dwarf

by Nathan Hamm on 12/15/2003

The Axe of a Dwarf

Viggo Mortensen may be doing it for the money, but to Johnathon Rhys-Davies Tolkien’s work carries lessons
that apply to the world we live in. Before anyone scoffs at such a
notion, ask yourself these questions, “Is the Bible meant to instruct?”
and “Is Norse mythology meant to teach lessons?” If you can’t answer
yes to both, I reccomend doing some reading and coming back. As is well
known, Tolkien’s work is heavily colored by his Catholicism and the Norse myths, so it makes sense that The Lord of the Rings
has lessons, and I think that’s why we enjoy the story so much. I’m
re-reading the books again right now, and I’m fan-boyishly excited
about the release of The Return of the King, and I keep getting
beat upside the head by the lesson in the story–Good is mortally
threatened by Evil, and, though there is no hope of prevailing, the
defenders of the Good must defy the Enemy (be it spiritual or actual).
When you go see the final film (which I’m accepting on faith will be
the greatest achievement in cinematic history), keep in mind that
Tolkien intends you to draw a message from the story. Take from it what
you will, but mythology was the intent, so take something. And, if you
dont know how this story ends, I swear it’s the most fitting climax to
a story possible.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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