Wormtongue and the Like

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July 31, 2013 by lellielieb

For lack of wood the fire goes out,
and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. Proverbs 26:20

One of my least favorite characters in all of literature is Grima Wormtongue, the evil/pitiful/loathsome creature who controls King Theoden of Rohan in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.  Grima whispers, and through his whispering he stirs up strife between family members, tribes, and nations. He is evil and in the end, he turns even on his evil master.

I’m primarily a book person, but I do love the way movies can bring some scenes to life. In Peter Jackson’s, The Two Towers, when Wormtongue is cast out and his “spell” is broken, Theoden’s eyes clear, his body unbends, the room lightens and warms.  Life, order, love and reason are all restored because the “whisperer” is no more.

When we “whisper” things that stir up strife, we bring darkness.  I don’t want to be a Wormtongue.  I hope to remember this image the next time I am tempted to run to someone and “whisper.”  Proverbs describes the correct way to deal with problems, directly:

Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
and do not reveal another’s secret,
 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
and your ill repute have no end. Proverbs 25:9 and 10

I want to be bold, honest, and forthright.  I don’t want to be a whisperer.  Lord, help me, remind me, guide me!

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