"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
Anyway, the Lord of the Rings is Christian in its thematic essence, but weaves Pagan/Ancient/Medieval imagery into the narrative.
A few examples:
Gandalf, though in the guise of a Odinic Wanderer, is a Messianic figure. Frodo develops into one as well, particularly with his meek responses throughout the Scouring of the Shire.
Pity toward frailty and suffering is prevalent.
The "principle of Evil" developed and promoted by Morgoth and his servants (Sauron in particular) resembles the Christian concept of sin, as does its introduction in the cosmos during the creation of the world.
The Flame Imperishable that imbues reality with existence and organisms with life compares with the Word of God.
Free will and the desire for immortal life -- materially and spiritually -- are major themes.
It's worth noting that Tolkien didn't just parrot Christian dogma. He did develop these themes and ideas in original ways, not likely to be encountered in earlier (or subsequent) works.
Last edited by Morality Games; 12-19-10 at 03:53 AM.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
Frodo saved the mother****ing Shire and ****!
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2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
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Ill never understand the appeal of LoTR, I just cant get into the fantasy genre.
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