Virtue: Ordinary Virtues from "The Lord of the Rings" part 1

Virtue: Moral Goodness. Moral excellence; righteousness.

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good."
Romans 12:9


Think of Frodo and the simple contentment of the Hobbits. (1)

Contentment: choosing, in faith, satisfaction with one's situation (2)

"But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content... Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
1 Timothy 6:6-18


The giving and serving nature of the Hobbits. (1)

Servanthood: loving through laying down our interests and comfort for another (2)

"The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Matthew 23:11-12


Consider Sam's friendship to Frodo, he laid aside his plans and own safety to follow Frodo into danger. (1)

Kindness: thoughtfulness arising from love (2)

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."
Ephesians 4:32

Choose your friends wisely.
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
but the companion of fools will suffer harm."
Proverbs 13:20


"It is far more important to BE trustworthy than to seem trustworthy, a lesson [Frodo] learned from a lanky man named Strider long ago." (1)

"Faithfulness to others ironically makes our own lives easier."

"Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness"
Ephesians 6:14

"Love... rejoices with the truth."
1 Corinthians 13:4-6


"True wisdom is the ability to see things as they really are." (1)

Good Judgment. Power of judging rightly by experience and knowledge.

Ability to make good use of knowledge; ability to recognize right from wrong; good judgment.

"For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you."
Proverbs 2:10-11

"My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you,"
Proverbs 3:21-22


"... stick up for people who are being picked on, even when I end up looking foolish by doing so" (1)

"Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!"
Psalm 31:24


"... to look on despair and yet keep on struggling, that is an awesome thing, and great good may come of it... The greatest weapon in the struggle to not give up and die is cheerfulness... Frodo and Sam persevere not only against the obstacles that stand before them but in resisting evil." (1)

"... work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."
1 Thessalonians 1:3

"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."
James 1:12

Continue the quest!


1. "Tolkien's Ordinary Virtures: Exploringthe Spiritual Themes of The Lord of the Rings" InterVarsity Press, 2002, by Mark Eddy Smith

2. FamilyLife posters adapted from "while they are sleeping" by Anne Arkins ang Gary Harrell, 2004