8 Lessons from Battle of the Five Armies
The highly anticipated third part of the Hobbit Trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies comes out this week. This is Peter Jackson’s third installment in the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey with his dwarfish friends to take back what is rightfully theirs. Don’t worry you can keep reading there are no spoilers, in fact this is not even going to be a review. It would be unfair to take away the fantastic “ending” of this journey. However there are some great lessons we could all learn from.
Lessons Learned from the Battle of the Five Armies
“Thorin. You gave a promise.” – Bilbo Baggins- the innocence of Bilbo is challenged as we are when someone goes against their word. No matter how big or small, dwarf or man, a promise is a promise.
“The town is lost save the gold” – the greed of money is many times held even above that of humankind. We can look in our own lives to those business owners, churches and even in our own families. Humankind many times will worry about how much they can save rather than how many.
“If more of us valued home above gold, it would be a merrier world.” – In a word where the mighty dollar represents power, it also brings pain. We forsake what is right, moral and good just to make more. If we valued the things at home, like love, family and comfort the world would be a much happier place.
“If this is love, I don’t want it. Take it away, please! Why does it hurt so much?’ – Anyone that has been in love knows it is not always easy. Many times we would rather not love at all than go through the pain. Yet the pain and hardships molds us into who we are.
“I will not part with a single piece of the treasure, not a single cent of it!” Excess and gluttony causes selfishness. Many people would rather roll around in a sea of gold or dollar bills than to give to those deserved. People struggle to make ends meet and yet CEO’s and corporations continue to thrive. It is not our treasure to hold onto so tightly.
“People who have lived through dragon fire should be grateful.” – shaped by hardships and fire of life, we are said to come out stronger. Trials by fire make us the people that we are. Whether we stand and fight or run and hide, the fire will make us decide.
“I was blind, but now I begin to see… the Arkenstone! One of them has taken it from me. One of them is false” – power and greed causes a blindness like no other. We will turn even against our own friends and kin.
“I will not hide, when others fight our battles for us.” – People that have moral courage to stand up for what it right will remain to fight. They will fight for their beliefs and values rather than hide behind closed doors. This can be taken all the way to the ground level of our homes and neighborhoods. The battles we face are ours to fight. No longer can we hide in fear, hoping that someone else will fight it for us.
Battle of the Five Armies is an incredible venture as all the other Hobbit movies have been. It answers some questions and provides some closure. The extraordinary journey of Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves comes to an end.
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