Saturday, January 5, 2008

Introduction - Updated!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Lord of the Rings, this scene is from the first film, entitled The Fellowship of the Ring. In the movie, a fellowship (or friendship) of nine companions launch a quest to destroy the Ring of Power, casting it back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. The Ring, by the way, is akin to sin. Sins can be very small and attractive, like the Ring. Sauron, a fallen angel of sorts (similar to the Devil) and the creator of the Ring, has tied all his evil and power – in fact, his very being – to the Ring, meaning that the destruction of the Ring means the defeat of Sauron. This interconnectivity of Sauron and the Ring is a wonderful parallel to Satan and sin. While in Christianity, Satan and sin are dealt with at Calvary, traditionally said to have taken place on March 25, in the Lord of the Rings, the Ring will arrive at Mount Doom (where it was made) on March 25! Oh yeah, it is said that Calvary itself is connected with the site of Adam’s death, so again, the origins of sin and the origins of the Ring come full circle in righting past wrongs.

The Christ figure, Frodo, who is a short creature called a hobbit, is the Ringbearer, carrying the Ring to Mount Doom as Christ carried the cross. Frodo represents Christ as Priest, offering sacrifice. Not to give anything away, but at the end of the last film you’ll hear him exclaim: “It is done!” Sound familiar? But a little more background on Frodo. His uncle, Bilbo, came across the Ring years back, acquiring it from a fallen hobbit named Gollum, whose life was spared by Bilbo. Now Gollum is bent on retaking the Ring for himself once more, following the fellowship into a place called the Mines of Moria.

One last point: Gandalf, the character Frodo converses with in this scene, is a wizard who represents Christ as Prophet. Just listen to his words of wisdom! Later on, Gandalf will announce: “I am a servant of the secret fire!” – a reference to the Holy Spirit who drives all prophets, including Christ!

Okay, watch the clip. I’ll blog more on it tomorrow.

LATEST Update: The video has been updated to the proper length and has also been posted on YouTube! Enjoy!

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