Mining for Ore: A Poem Inspired by The Hobbit

Mining For Ore

In the depths, diamonds and demons:
Mine at your own risk.

Chisel and plumb and plunder
As does the prisoner
To light and breath.

Touch nothing,
But look on.

Something hums and burns beneath.

Lift up your candle and call out,
For it has broken through.
Pray that you pried loose
What you can bear to see—
Bear it up alone
And alone you will sink.

Let the eye that opens be yours,
For in the deepest of halls
No headlamp or torch can discern
Sovereigns from scales.

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Sustainable Hobbiton: Found my dream hood

Real Life Hobbit Village Proves the Greenest Way to Live is Like Bilbo Baggins

A real life hobbit village.  And it’s sustainable.

I remember reading an article in the St. Austin Review that described Tolkien’s Hobbiton as an embodiment of a social philosophy known as “distributism.”  G.K. Chesterton was a big proponent of it.  Wendell Berry—know him?  You could call him one too.

It’s basically agrarianism where everyone is a peasant and nobody is a lord.  In Hobbiton, all the farms are for sustaining the community, not trading with the outside world at large.  The mill is the closest thing to an industry, but once again it is for producing enough for the Shire.  “Distributists were ‘greens’ before anyone had the label,” and it certainly wasn’t because they worshipped the earth or anything.  As Christians, they believed not that all creation was God, but that all creation was God’s temple.

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