Put aside the ranger

I recently re-watched the The Lord of the Rings on DVD and was struck again by the colossal achievement. I now believe it to be — by a mile — the greatest adventure film ever. The book isn’t too shabby either. (By the way, it is key to watch the extended DVD edition that adds 2hrs to the original trilogy. It eliminates disjointedness, adds great scenes, and supplies a depth that is missing in the original theatrical versions. They really should just burn and throw away the theatrical versions; the extended edition trilogy is the masterpiece.)

Anyway, there’s a stirring scene in the last film where Elrond presents the Narsil sword to Aragorn, saying: “Put aside the ranger. Become who you were born to be.” I reminded a young friend yesterday that is something we men need to remind ourselves of often, to step up to the plate. As Paul tells the Corinthians:

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. -1 Cor 16:13

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