Wisdom from Gandalf

Gandalf

I was reading The Return of the King, the last book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s captivating trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, I was thoroughly wrapped up in the drama of the story when suddenly in Chapter IX, The Last Debate, it struck me that the words of Gandalf very much apply to the real world.

The setting is the council of all the foes of Sauron after their victory over the fraction of Sauron’s forces at Minas Tirith, and the council is trying to decide the best course of action now. Sauron’s forces are vast and growing bigger still, hopelessly overwhelming to those left in Middle-Earth who still oppose evil. Gandalf then gives his advice, and in the middle of it is this epic quote. I couldn’t help but read it for our situation today and our battle with the United Nations which, like the dark lord Sauron in Tolkien’s story, unceasingly grasps for more and more power over the whole world.

“If it [the Ring of Power] is destroyed, then he [Sauron] will fall; and his fall will be so low that none can foresee his arising ever again. For he will lose the best part of the strength that was native to him in his beginning, and all that was made or begun with that power will crumble, and he will be maimed forever, becoming a mere spirit of malice that gnaws itself in the shadows, but cannot again grow or take shape. And so a great of evil of this world will be removed.

“Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour [to give assistance to in time of need or distress; help; aid; relieve] 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.”

Concluding his counsel, Gandalf said:

“For, my lords, it may well prove that we ourselves shall perish utterly in a black battle far from the living lands; so that even if Barad-dûr be thrown down, we shall not live to see a new age. But this, I deem, is our duty. And better so than to perish nonetheless—as we surely shall, if we sit here—and know as we die that no new age shall be.”

The evil power of our day that grows ever stronger and takes more and more power for itself is the United Nations. It is our duty today to do our utmost to thwart the UN and restore freedom and peace to our land.

Of course, as Gandalf pointed out, “Other evils there are that may come; for the [UN] itself is but a servant or emissary [of Satan]. Yet 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.”

Isn’t this precisely what America’s Founding Fathers did? They not only drove out all remnants of British tyranny, but they even provided a Constitution for posterity that unquestionably left “those who lived after clean earth to till”—free markets, limited government, peace, and prosperity.

Satan has been at work since then (he never seems to take a vacation, does he?) and it is up to us to fight the evil of our day and resist the tyranny of the wannabe world government by educating our countrymen on restoring our republic.

Let’s get going!

 

Side Note: This was posted on March 25th, the supposed day in 3019 (1420 shire-reckoning) that the Ring of Power was destroyed and Barad-dûr was indeed thrown down.

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