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Two Exciting Milestones and The Fellowship of the Ring Meets The Gospel of John Chapter 4
Two Exciting Reader Milestones
Namárië, friends. Josh here. Before getting to the fictional conversation between Jesus and a certain hobbit (read on to find out which one!), I wanted to briefly update you all and share that we’ve reached one exciting milestone and are close to another one here at Jokien with Tolkien! Just yesterday we passed 3,000 total subscribers! And we are closing in on 100 paid subscribers as well! Give yourselves a round of applause for all your wonderful work.
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And now, we go far below the Misty Mountains deep into the Mines of Moria…
The Fellowship of the Ring meets The Gospel of John Chapter 4
Now Jesus had to go through Moria.1 And he came to a well in Moria in Balin’s tomb, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well next to a hobbit eating a meal.
Jesus said to him, “Give me a drink.”
Pippin said to him, “How is it that you, one of the Big Folk, ask for a drink from me, a hobbit of the Shire?” (For men had few dealings with Hobbits.)
Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of Ilúvatar, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
Pippin replied, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?" Are you greater than our wizard friend, Gandalf?”
Jesus said to him, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Pippin said to him, “Does this water come in pints?”
Jesus said to him, “Will you give me a bite of your breakfast?”
Looking down at his food, Pippin replied, “I don't have breakfast.”
Jesus said, “You are right in saying, ‘I don't have breakfast, for you have had two breakfasts today, and the meal you are eating now is elevenses. What you have said is true.”
Astonished, Pippin exclaimed, “Sir, I perceive that you are a wizard!”
Just then the rest of the Fellowship returned and were surprised to find them talking.
Jumping up and accidentally knocking the bucket into the well, Pippin said to them, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever ate!”
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