Aragorn vs. Saruman

Aragorn the Libertarian King: “[O]nly of your free will would I have you come, for you will find both toil and greater fear, and maybe worse.” And a little later: “for I go on a path appointed. But those who follow me do so of their free will; and if they wish now to remain and ride with the Rohirrim, they may do so. But I shall take the Paths of the Dead, alone, if needs be.” (“Passing of the Grey Company”)

Saruman, Keeper of the Common Good: “[O]ur time is at hand: the world of Men, which we must rule. But we must have power, power to order all things as we will, for that good which only the Wise can see.” (“Council of Elrond”)

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3 thoughts on “Aragorn vs. Saruman

  1. Dear Sir, this is more of a question for you than a comment to be posted, because I don’t know your e-mail address. Have you published any of your work on St. Thomas and Tolkien? I have just come across your blog and found the few articles on metaphysics very interesting and wondered whether your doctorate is available to read.

    • Hi Thomas,
      Thanks for your interest. My dissertation on Tolkien and Aquinas is due to come out some time this year from Angelico Press, possibly this summer. Feel free to post a comment here again in a couple of months for an update.
      regards,
      Jonathan

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