A creative and moving metaphor for what it is like to take part in our young adult group, Grey Havens YA. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Nerdy Balrog!
I used to be a great spirit, a powerful creature, a shapeshifter, a wizard, a Maiar. My life was internal. That life was not spent well, and many of my brethren’s lives were spent poorly as well. Morgoth, the most foul being to have ever lived, corrupted us, changed us, made us creatures of fire and shadow. We followed him, became his minions, not questioning a word he said.
Everyone but me. I resisted his magic and power. He made me a monster, but he could not take my life away from me. I escaped, only because of the mercy of a great wizard. His name was Gandalf, and I owe him the greatest respect. I wandered the forests, hills and mountains of Middle-Earth. During my wandering, I learned to make ideas…
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