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Life Lessons From The Lord of the Rings: Part 2

Sam and Frodo in the lord of the rings

The Twin Towers is the second book in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Part 1 ended with the breaking of the fellowship that vowed to help Frodo on his mission to destroy the Ring of Power. Now, in Part 2 Frodo and Sam are on their own while Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli search for Merry and Pippin. There are battles to face, monsters to slay, and the odds seem stacked against them. On that note, here’s more life lessons for when you find yourself in the thick of things.

See Also: Life Lessons From The Lord of the Rings: Part 1

1. Persevere Despite Adversity

Things have become very difficult. The fellowship has been fractured, and Frodo and Sam face the final trek to Mordor alone, with only the creature Gollum to guide them. They’re tired, hungry, and demoralized by their losses and doubtful as to their chances of success. Things are not working out the way they had hoped.

Do they give up? No. They keep going. Grumbling? Sure. Inwardly doubtful? Of course. Despite their doubts and fears, though, they stay the course. You’ve heard the saying how adversity develops character? It’s true. Anything worth having or doing is worth hard work. Expect that there will be obstacles, and learn to face them bravely. Don’t give up just because the going gets tough, and don’t let hard times break your spirit.

2. Our Differences Can Unite Us

As Frodo and Sam venture off on their own to destroy the ring, the Ranger/Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas battle with the dark forces and defend the people of Rohan at Helm’s Deep. A man, a dwarf, and an elf not much in common there. They’re different, and the elf and the dwarf, in particular, feel those differences. It is precisely their differences that make them a formidable match for the armies of bad guys they’re forced to fight.

The dwarf is short and good with an axe; the elf is tall and an amazing archer. Combined, they can fight any enemy that crosses their path. They look past their differences, see how each of their own unique talents can serve the greater good, and in the end become friends. Don’t get hung up on appearance, heritage, social class or any other thing that separates and divides people into categories. The very qualities that make someone different might just be the qualities you need in order to succeed.

3. Let People Make Their Own Decisions

Elrond is the Elven Lord of Rivendell, and his daughter Arwen is in love with the Ranger/heir to the throne of Gondor. In order to be with Aragon, Arwen has decided to forsake immortality and the possibility of spending eternity with her own people. Her father Elrond is very much against this and does everything in his power to change her mind. It doesn’t work; in fact, it makes Arwen even more determined to be with Aragorn. Lesson? We can’t force people to do what we think is right. You can waste a lot of time trying to get people to do what you want. Trust that they know what’s best for them, and if they’re wrong, well…often, the way we learn what works for us is by first learning what doesn’t work.

4. Steer Clear of Negative People and Negative Talk

Theoden is the King of Rohan, a once brave and proud ruler of his people, now all but ruined due to the poisoned tongue of an evil henchman, the aptly named Wormtongue. Theoden’s mind was warped, and his body weakened by the bitter words and spiteful ramblings that Wormtongue whispered steadily in his ear. Fortunately, Theoden was saved from Wormtongue by the wizard Gandalf.

You, unfortunately, will probably not be so lucky. When you hear poison coming out of someone’s mouth in the form of negativity, gossip, speculation, talk of defeat or treachery get away from them ASAP. You don’t want your mind poisoned, and your thoughts distorted by their ramblings, nor do you want your character tarnished by your association with them.

See Also: 5 Timeless Life Lessons From The Stoics

Sometimes things get worse before they get better, and sometimes you have to face your fears and do what you’d really rather not do. In the final part of this trilogy, Frodo and Sam make the formidable trip into the heart of Mount Doom. Will they make it? Will you? Read more: Life Lessons from The Lord of the Rings: Part 3   

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