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Lord of the Rings and Christology Essay

  • Submitted by: peanutguy
  • on September 1, 2008
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 820 words

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In modern day writings, references to the Bible may be found. A famous literary series that has alluded to Biblical themes is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. In this series, a young hobbit, Frodo Baggins, must destroy a powerful ring in order to rid his world, Middle Earth, of evil. His journey and plight is comparable to that of Jesus’s to inform the world of the Kingdom of God. Other protagonists of this story, such as Gandalf, Aragorn, and Legolas also show similar qualities to Jesus, and of other Biblical figures. J.R.R. Tolkien gave birth to a timeless series that even now can be comparable to the Bible’s text.    
For this research assignment, I used various sources of information to provide evidence for my thesis. Much of this information came straight from our Christology book, Jesus of History, Christ of Faith. Other points of information used in this essay were found using the Bible. Textual support from the Bible mostly came from passages regarding Jesus’s death, resurrection, and everyday life. However, most of the textual support for this research assignment was found in various websites. These sites compared the plot of The Lord of the Rings to Scripture passages in the Bible. By reading and referencing these articles, I was better able to understand the comparisons between these works of literature.
The journey Frodo and company face has various similarities and references to the New Testament. Frodo is given a task to destroy the One Ring. He is merely a hobbit, not a wizard or elf like Gandalf or Legolas. This demonstrates that God chooses unlikely people to accomplish amazing tasks, similar to King David. The One Ring represents temptation, in a similar fashion to the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden. With its destruction, evil will be wiped from Middle Earth. The temptation of the Ring is not easy to overcome, and at times even Frodo has become tempted to use it. This makes reference to how Satan tempted Jesus while he was in the desert...

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