A Lesson in Hugging From Middle Earth

by: Kaitlyn

I’ve been watching a lot of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit lately (professing nerdiness here) and I’ve noticed a trend. No, it’s not a trend of fantastic flowing locks and tight chainmail; it’s the fact that Middle Earth hugs are the absolute best. Now maybe you’re reading this and thinking that I’m joking, but I’m serious.

Take a look back at all of the hugs in these movies. They’re all so…huggy. Characters embrace each other like they’re genuinely happy to see them, that nothing could possibly be better than being with that person in that moment.

I love hugs.  In fact, I might be even as bold as to say that hugs are my favorite thing in the entire universe: better than chocolate, puppies and books. Because what’s the best thing to with all the above? Hug them.

And I think that we can all learn a little something from The Lord of the Rings here. From my experience, people don’t hug each other nearly enough. People seem to be afraid to have any kind of physical contact with other people that they know. Maybe people are scared that their hugs may be perceived as sexual or a come on? Maybe it’s because people’s personal bubbles have expanded through the years? Maybe a lot of folks are really just claustrophobic and therefore hugs are the worst? I’m not really sure.

All I know is that hugs are not a thing to be feared.  Hugs are something that we need to embrace….

I’m sorry. I had to. The pun was there and I couldn’t help myself.

But, seriously. Even when people do hug, it’s more of an awkward back pat.  We need to take a page from Lord of the Rings (another terrible pun there, I’m so sorry) and learn how to give real hugs. Hugs that say, you’re fantastic. Hugs that say, I treasure you as a friend. Hugs that say, in this moment I’d rather not be doing anything else. Hugs that say, I am going to appreciate every moment that I spend with you.

Everyone in our lives is so beautiful and it’s about time that we stop being afraid to show them that.

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