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An examination of Christian themes and
imagery within director Peter Jackson's
interpretation of JRR Tolkien's The Lord Of
The Rings.
· The Fellowship Of The Ring
· The Two Towers
· The Return Of The King…read more

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· When referring to Strider's kind (rangers), the bar tender is heard
to claim "dangerous folk, they are." Jesus was similarly mistakenly
seen as being dangerous and threatening.
·"Where are you leading us?" "Into the wild." Aragorn leads the
hobbits on a frightening and unpredictable adventure. Similarly, Jesus
called (and still calls, according to Christian belief) his disciples to
abandon their normal lives and follow him. He adopts and fulfils the
role of leader.
· He is a healer; I.e. his healing of Frodo ­ Jesus healed many, even
raising people from the dead.
· He often fulfils the role of saviour; e.g. rescuing the hobbits from
the Ringwraiths when they are attacked at the old Watchtower. He
does this single-handed.
· His knowledge; e.g. of what is to come, of what is really happening.
· Aragorn goes on to become King; Jesus is described as "King of
Kings, Lord of Lords."…read more

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· Frodo saves the earth from evil on a grand and
cosmic scale; much like Christians believe Christ has
done/will do.
· He was an unlikely candidate to become bearer of
the Ring and have the fate of the entire world rest
upon his shoulders ­ similarly, a poor carpenter/rabbi
was an unlikely candidate to become the Messiah.
· He constantly suffers pain and loss, much like Jesus
· Despite support from those around him, Frodo's task
is one which must ultimately be completed alone. The
same can be said for Jesus.
· He is betrayed by those around him (e.g. Boromir,
Smeagol); Jesus was betrayed by characters such as
Judas.…read more

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In some ways, Gandalf can be likened to the Christian idea of
God. Whilst the elderly appearance and beard certainly fit in
with stereotypical images of God, there are many
characteristics expressed through Gandalf which could also be
used to describe God ­
· He acts as a guide.
· He often fulfils the role of protector of the group.
· He has faith in the Fellowship even when they are plagued
by self-doubt; knowing what they are capable of.
· He sometimes tests the characters beyond what they ever
thought was possible.
· He is sometimes distant from the group (e.g. when
travelling to Isengard), yet he is always actively involved in
events and the fate of others.
· He is truly good ­ perhaps an expression of God's
· He is mysterious.
· He is powerful; for instance, he can harness the powers of
magic.…read more

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· As a keeper of a ring, she holds great power. However,
she channels this in a positive and constructive way.
· Due to her great power, she is to be feared and
· She shows compassion; for example, by building a
relationship with Gimli ­ despite the fact that elves and
dwarves are known to be enemies.
· She emanates light; symbology often associated with
that which is holy.
· She gives Frodo the precious gift of light (in a phial.)
This later gives him hope in the face of terrifying
darkness. This gift of light could be an analogy for God's
gift of Jesus ­ who is referred to as `the Light' multiple
times throughout the Bible.
· Tolkien describes Rivendell as "a world beyond time";
implying that, like God, she is outside of time.…read more

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· It is said by Aragorn "Speak no evil of the Lady Galadriel!
There is in her and in this land no evil." Obviously, heaven is the
one place, according to Christian belief, where there is no evil.
· Frodo is reunited with Bilbo in heaven, where Bilbo has been
granted eternal life. Christians believe that heaven is the place
where those who have been saved by Jesus will live forever, and
many believe that they will be reunited with their loved ones
· Rivendell is a safe place, untouched by evil (e.g. the
Ringwraiths are unable to enter it's boundaries). In it dwell the
truly good. It represents a haven.
· Those figures representing Jesus are unable to remain there;
like Jesus, their ultimate purpose lies outside such realms.
· The elves are portrayed through angelic imagery. There are
choirs singing, it is light and airy, the architecture is elegant. In
many ways, the portrayal of Rivendell links to the stereotypical
image many have of heaven.…read more

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