After the fact of my non-belonging was established and confirmed each week by my traditional collared-shirt attire, I locked in to the class. Each week, we learned a different nuance to a Tolkien geographical source, an etymological wonder, or something about the songs of LOTR. These were all strokes of brilliance, but in my mind, the fact that he created a fellowship to explore his geography and to incarnate his etymology and to sing his songs, was the greatest and most brilliant stroke of all.
The reason for this assertion: this is how we were created to live. We were created from Fellowship, unto fellowship. Theirs was a diverse fellowship in origin, dwarves, men, elves, wizards, hobbits, and they pursued an end - the destruction of the Ring of Power. The Fellowship from which humanity issues, however, has a different source and a different end. The Fellowship from which humanity draws its origin is divine in nature, and triune in number. It is eternal in longevity and perfect in harmony. This Fellowship has at its heart a rhymical quality and even musical tone in the delighted interchanges that it houses. In short, everything the human heart thirsts for is found within this Fellowship of God Himself.
And being created from such a Fellowship, we were created for such a Fellowship.
Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, 1 Jn 1 says. And our fellowship is to be, additionally, with one another in deep and lasting ways. And the end of such Fellowship is the same end as every commercial, vanity, full length mirror: reflection. The end game for this type of elevated, earthly Fellowship is reflection of the sublime, heavenly Fellowship, unbroken from eternity past. Revelation of such sublimity can only incite a right rebellion within our Fellowship-starved hearts…. One unique aspect of fellowship is the fellowship found in marriage, and it is towards that type of fellowship that we now turn.