Combining the best of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Rolvaag’s Giants in the Earth, and Moberg’s The Emigrants, Lindberg’s saga spans nearly a millennium beginning with the last of the Crusades, on through the nineteenth-century Norse immigrants to America, their cultural acclimatization to America, and their struggle to maintain their faith in an increasingly hostile climate of the twentieth century. A connecting thread throughout the saga is the set of three interlocking golden rings, part of the treasure given to the Christ child by the Magi. (From the Foreword)
John A. Eidsmoe, Colonel (MS), Mississippi State Guard; Senior Counsel, Foundation for Moral Law; Pastor, Association of Free Lutheran Congregations; Author, Christianity and the Constitution, and The Historical and Theological Foundations of Law (3 Vols.)
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Praise for The Kingdom of the Rings
Duane Lindberg’s The Kingdom of the Rings is a powerful saga that takes the reader through many centuries and across the Atlantic. It reminds us that there are not two separate worlds, Europe and America. The author employs the symbolism of the three rings to capture our imagination as they are passed from generation to generation. We recognize individuals who are similar to our relatives and friends. One feels their joys and sorrows as their lives become links in a chain of spiritual continuity.
Dr. David Noble, Professor Emeritus, History and American Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
The Kingdom of the Rings is a brilliant story, tracing back to the Middle East and linked to Norway before ending in America. The Norway part of this fascinating story is from the time of the late Middle Ages, and very much related to Ringsaker area in Hedmark County, east of Lake Mjøsa and Ringerike County, west of Lake Mjøsa. The author, Duane R. Lindberg, PhD, reveals a very good knowledge and insight regarding society and church of the time, and how faith and life traditions in Norway came to expression in everyday life and dreams.
As the current Pastor of Ringsaker Church, erected ca. AD 1150, I am impressed with the story presented in this book, inspired by the entire concept, and moved by how emigrants from Norway with faith and courage might have left their homeland and finally found a new home “over there.” I also read this book as a creative portrayal which illustrates how Christian faith and hope might influence. This book has my best recommendations.
Ole Amund Gillebo, Pastor, Ringsaker, Norway
In The Kingdom of the Rings, the author combines the necessary ingredients in any good book: innovation, mystery, challenged characters, sweeping history, drama, insightful observations, plus twists and turns, all these as he spins with control the saga of the rings and then craftily reveals the outcome as the rings are nearly rejoined. As he moves through generations of Scandinavian immigrants, he challenges the standard concept of the American Melting Pot and convincingly replaces it with the “Field of Rings.” One does not have to be Norwegian to appreciate this book.
Dr. Art Lee, Professor Emeritus, History Department, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN
Author Lindberg has blended a fascinating tale of religious lore with snapshots of the Norwegian immigrant experience in America. It is a good story in and of itself, but should have special interest to persons interested in their Scandinavian affiliation.
Dennis Sorheim, Past International President, Sons of Norway
Duane Lindberg’s saga The Kingdom of the Rings is a story of expectation and hope. First, he sets the foundation of the story: the three rings. Then we see the three rings separated and how they are passed from generation to generation and how they affect those who possess them. Next, we move forward to the great migration to America, especially the Norwegians. Lastly, all three rings are in America, two in the possession of Norwegian families, and one with a family descended from the Egyptian Mamelukes. Do the rings come together? Almost. Along the way, the narrative reveals a depth of the author’s scholarship, compassion, and theological background. His characters are real and exhibit their expectation and hope. The Kingdom of The Rings will cause us to reflect upon the expectation and hope that we have for our lives, just as the characters in the saga.
Jon Tehven, Secretary, Sons of Norway, International
From back in Viking times, freedom has been a central issue in Norwegian history (I write of this in my novel West Oversea, published by Nordskog). The three elements in keeping liberty in balance are freedom, order, and the Word of God forming the central point of equilibrium. Dr. Duane Lindberg echoes this in his book. The Kingdom of The Rings reminds us that the Kingdom of God is among us, and is a mystery, and is revealed as determined by the Ruler of all things.
Lars Walker, Librarian, Association of Free Lutheran Congregations’ Schools, Plymouth, Minnesota; Author of West Oversea and other novels; Graduate student, Norwegian translator, and Viking re-enactor
In The Kingdom of the Rings Duane Lindberg combines his lifelong interests and studies in an intriguing combination of mystery, history, and theology. From his work as a leader of the Lutheran Student Association at the University of North Dakota, to organizing and leading a fledgling church body, he has always pushed the boundaries of imagination. From Minnesota across North Dakota, as a pastor he observed the results of the Norwegian immigrants’ community building as well as their theological struggles. So much in this book is familiar to me -from the “Melting Pot” in America to Hadeland, west of Lake Mjøsa in Norway, where ancient pilgrims, and I, have traveled. In all aspects, Duane is Right On.
Dean Sorum, Moorhead, Minnesota; Former Treasurer, Hadeland Lag of America
In his book, The Kingdom of the Rings, Dr. Lindberg has skillfully entwined together three areas dear to his heart: his love of the promise of Christ’s return, his love for the Church, and his love for his Norwegian heritage.
As a former colleague in church leadership with Dr. Lindberg and friend for twenty-five plus years, I highly recommend this book for enjoyment and encouragement to believe in the Promise of Christ’s coming again.
Rev. Robert M. Dennis, (Retired); Chairman, Clergy Commission, The American Association of Lutheran Churches; Assistant Presiding Pastor, The AALC 1991–1995