The challenge of Hall of Fire this weekend is to reveal the Seven Heavenly Virtues as they can be found in Lord of the Rings. Obviously there is much evil in Middle Earth, we ran out of time when we considered the Seven Deadly Sins only two weeks ago. But can we discover virtue? Here are the virtues along with the definitions that we will discuss.

FAITH — Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance. Sam definitely has little faith in Gollum!

HOPE — The desire and search for a future good. A wish or desire accompanied by confident expectation of its fulfillment. Was there hope of Sauron’s defeat?

CHARITY — Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others. Love directed toward oneself and one’s neighbours. Would you say that Hobbits are charitable?

FORTITUDE — Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage. Frodo might fit right here, do you think?

JUSTICE — The quality of being fair. The principle of moral rightness; equity. Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness. The upholding of what is just, especially fair treatment and due reward in accordance with honor, standards, or law. What brave warrior comes to mind when we talk about justice?

PRUDENCE — Also discretion, foresight, forethought. To be Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense. Careful in regard to one’s own interests. Careful about one’s conduct. Gandalf is one who cautions all to have prudence.

TEMPERENCE — Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression. This is definitely not a trait found in Orcs!

So there they are. Consider them well. They are pillars of good character. Join us this weekend in Hall of Fire as we discuss all that is good in Lord of the Rings. Times are listed below.

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Sat Dec 10 – The Seven Heavenly Virtues in LoTR
Sun Dec 17 – Live Ringers Q&A

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