The Hobbit book and The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien are some of our favorite stories to read. They are like the greatest fantasy series ever written – EVER! All of the characters are memorable and even some of the not so good guys (like Gollum) are pretty unforgettable. Of course, the main race of creatures in the story are the Hobbits and throughout their adventurous journeys they can teach us a lot about perseverance, strength, friendship and a ton of other good traits.
1. STRENGTH – Despite their small size, the Hobbits are tough and strong. If a man, dwarf, elf or even a wizard had been given the task of taking the one ring to Mordor they most likely would have been destroyed by the ring before they destroyed it. Always remember that strength and toughness is not in the size or might of a person, but in the heart. “It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
2. LOYALTY – Friends come along everyday but very seldom do true friends come along. Sam understood the definition of friendship and he stuck with Frodo to the very end. There was no one (not the Uruk-hai, the Orcs, Saruman, the Nazgul) and nothing (war, death, pain, uncertainty, hunger, fear) that could make Sam betray or leave Frodo. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King)
3. HOPE – They were far from their homes in the Shire and far from all the things that they had ever known and loved. It seemed that the end would come and still all would be lost for so much had gone wrong already. Yet the four hobbits in the trilogy and Bilbo in his story believed in the face of peril and grief and dark places and shadows. They believed in themselves, in each other, in their men, elf and dwarf friends. They believed in the good and the light and high beauty and all fair things. “There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers)
Do you persevere in hard uncertain times? Are you loyal to your friends? Do you hope when there is no earthly reason to hope? Do you have the heart of a hobbit?