Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Finding Faith in a Forest

by Stephen Lawhead

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Friar Tuck is a man of simple pleasures serving God, helping others, food, and drink - in that order. Tuck would have peace if at all possible, and tries to provide others with an out to this continual fighting; if they would but take it. Early on, Tuck attempts to craft a peace between Bran and the evil Abbot Hugh. Tuck sees the peace accord as an end to the fighting and loss of lives. The Abbott sees it as an attempt to wrest away control of his lands and goods.

Throughout Tuck, the good friar remains a firm believer in the power of prayer, even in their darkest times. Tuck's compassion extends to their enemies, the Ffreinc. Before going into battle, Tuck exhibits his concern for those who spitefully used him by offering to hear confessions before the battle begins.

When a cunning plan requires Tuck to pose as a high ranking official, he enjoys the food but misses his simple accommodations back home. Tuck enjoys the simple things in life and makes no pretense of show to become the center of attention, or gain man's praise. Even when working alone, Tuck occupies his mind by reciting the Psalms and dwelling upon the Gospels. Before each battle Tuck prayed frevantly for divine guidance and intercession that peace and truth might prevail.

One character of faith, Angharad, led the King Raven and his band in following the path of the Good Lord. Bran met Angharad earlier in the series when she healed both his body and soul. She was called the banfaith, and known as the last true Bard of Britain. Even Tuck deferred to Angharad's wise leadership and counsel as both sought to bring peace to the land once more by restoring Rhiban Hud to his rightful throne.

Tomorrow's Blog, Robin Hood ruled in Sherwood Forrest, but King Raven ruled in Wales. How King Raven expands the legend and deepens the character.

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Phyllis Wheeler said...

Nice emphasis on Tuck's peacemaking mission, against great odds.

Fantasythyme said...

Thanks Phyllis,
Rebecca Miller mentioned in her blog how Tuck uses the protagonists to represent true faith, while other characters exhibited limited faith or unbelief with their actions. Besides Tuck, Angharad represented the strongest faith by her deeds and words. Tuck and Angharad both worked to bring about peace.

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Good post, Tim. How appropriate to spotlight Tuck in light of the fact that much of this story is from his point of view. And in light of the fact that his efforts for peace prove to be pivotal.