Frodos Quest: Living the Myth in The Lord of the Rings

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Quest Books, Nov 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 160 pages
Robert Ellwood, a scholar of world religions, finds ancient wisdom in this twentieth-century bestseller concerning the quests we are all called to go on. "Like Frodo," he says, "we each experience challenges that propel us on our own adventure-finally that of exploring the inner worlds and the meaning of our lives." Revisiting Middle-earth as a realm for personal discovery, Ellwood presents Tolkien's story as a tale of every reader's higher consciousness, death and rebirth, and triumph over evil. He teaches us to recognize the characters as archetypes we can meet in ourselves: a spritual guide like Gandalf, a friend like Sam, or, heaven forbid, shadows like Orcs or Ringwraiths. He also provides meditational exercises to help us overcome the trials we face as we make our lives into great journeys instead of dull routine. So be it! Let the Quest begin!
 

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Contents

Preface
7
ls of the Tſart
11
Starting Out t Shire
15
Meeting the guiſe
27
The wſ ftft Past
49
Tſe Tirst Initiations
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Companions on the
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The 5 rtat Initiation
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Tom Miſſtartſ t f Jaſſing ſands
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Toſhiens Qut 01 Tſow This f Came to 6 wu
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Aft tnſix ATSynopsis of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
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The Inner Planes
149
The Root Racesand Ancient Ages
153
5eſected References
157
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