Son of Thengel and Lord of the Riddermark, another great king graces our presence with the Character of the Week title.
Théoden certainly wasn’t at his best when we first met his character in The Two Towers. Old, worn down, tired, and corrupted by the lies and powers of Saruman, this once great king was a shell of his former self. But then, Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli made their way to Edoras, confronted Saruman’s servant Grima, and showed Théoden the truth. In that moment, Théoden regained his true strength and fought back against the powers of Isengard and Mordor. He went on to lead his men against the evils and lies of Saruman, he did not allow himself to be persuaded by Saruman’s lies when they met face to face after the Battle of Helm’s Deep, he answered Gondor’s call for aid, and rode to save the Free Peoples of Middle-earth from Sauron’s destruction. This king cast aside his former mistakes, rose from the darkness, and fought to save Middle-earth.
We should take heart in Théoden’s story, even when we are at our lowest there is still a light shining in us, begging to catch fire and blaze forth.
In life and death Théoden inspires those around him to be better, we hope you join us this week as we celebrate this great king with the Character of the Week title.
Thank you for your time and remember, from the ashes a fire shall be woken.
– The Wandering One