Monday, March 7, 2011

Freewrite-Hope from the Smallest

Here is one of my three freewrites written last Thursday:

Hope often arises from the desperation and sense of duty inherent in characters like Theoden, Aragorn, and Gandalf, but more importantly in characters like Merry, Pippin, and Eowyn. After Theoden gets knocked from his horse and crushed, Eowyn (disguised as Dernhelm) stands and defends her father from the Lord the of the Nazgul. The acts' desperation is clearly evident with the mismatch of strength and power between the Lady of Rohan and the Lord of the Nazgul. However, Eowyn slays the Witchking, which emphasizes the prospect of hope for good in Middle-earth. Merry's assistance in the killing of the Witchking alos conveys this hope. After being knocked from Eowyn's horse, Merry scrambles from the scene (an act of desperation). But then convincing himself of his duty to stand by Theoden and Eowyn, he lifts his courage and is compelled to stab the Witchking. This new courage from the smallest individual on the battlefield illustrates the new hope necessary to triumph over evil.

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