Wounds that Never Fully Heal: An Easter Reflection on Frodo Baggins — by Laura Schmidt

Laura Schmidt’s excellent article on the link between Lewis, Tolkien, and Good Friday bears mention here.

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Broken plate Image: CHUTTERSNAP, https://unsplash.com/photos/Odc4dcsjUBw

Stories hold a special ability to deeply impact their readers. Those who enjoy reading imaginative fiction like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings by the Wade Center’s authors already know the truth of that statement. From the page to the screen, from the parables Jesus used for the spiritual benefit of his audiences to the trials of two small hobbits struggling up the slopes of Mount Doom, stories engage the heart in ways that other forms of expression cannot accomplish. We yearn for that kind of engagement and feel nourished once we find it, like taking a breath of fresh spring air or a drink of water after a long thirst.

J.R.R. Tolkien calls this nourishment “recovery” in his essay “On Fairy-Stories,” explaining that stories can help us see life afresh and reawaken or illuminate spiritual truths:

“Recovery (which includes return and renewal…

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