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Ever since Man first sat around a campfire and found that he was lonely and in need of comfort he began to believe in a higher power That higher power evolved into a god or perhaps even many gods but for the most part that higher power became a force that could shape a mans destiny his thoughts his actions for the rest of his life His very world could be molded by this force This force was Fate Man acceded to Fate often sometimes even propitiated it in order to retain some semblance of security As Man grew intellectually however and understood more about himself and about the world in which he lived he realized that this entity Fate was not as all-powerful as it had originally seemed He realized that it was not Fate that controlled his destiny it was choice to be more specific it was his choice It was his choice that could raise him up to heights beyond his wildest dreams or plunge him down into the depths of darkest despair The author JRR Tolkien understood this realization and harnessed its power in his trilogy of Middle-earth The Lord of the Rings He emphasized that choice not Fate shaped a mans destiny His characters choices could bring a mighty inspired quest to the brink of utter failure and destruction or bring peace and happiness back into a once cold and frozen life One episode in the last book of the trilogy The Return of the King that illustrates the magnitude of the effects of a choice is one of the last scenes in the book which takes place at the Cracks of Doom The protagonists of the story Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee have risked life and limb to make their way into Mordor the stronghold of the enemy of Middle-earth Sauron Their quest is to destroy the Ring of Power the focus of Saurons strength in the
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