On this episode of Finding Christ in Cinema, we follow the Orcs, the Eagles, the Men, the Elves, and the Dwarves to the Lonely Mountain as we look for Christian themes in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. What can we learn from Bilbo Baggins withholding the Arkenstone from Thorin Oakenshield? Is it like God withholding judgment from the ones He loves?
Raiders Of The Lost Arkenstone
Thorin and his fellow dwarves are searching for the Arkenstone. Without it, in Thorin’s mind, all other efforts (including everything in the first two films) are worthless.
Unfortunately, the dragon-sickness that lies upon the gold has crept into Thorin’s being, and it has, in a sense, created the difference between Thorin son of Thrain and Thorin Oakenshield; the latter being the ignoble shell of the former.
Lifting The Veil Of Dragon-Sickness And Sin
Bilbo, however, is withholding the Arkenstone from Thorin because he loves him and doesn’t want him to turn into that kind of monster. Bilbo eventually produces the Arkenstone to the Elves and Men, and Thorin then feels betrayed.
Thorin finally realizes that he has become someone different, and over the course of the battle, changes back to his original, noble self and proceeds to slay Azog the Defiler. After this climactic encounter, Thorin is finally able to redeem himself with Bilbo.
Thorin’s veil was a combination of his own pride and the dragon-sickness brooding over the gold. Under this veil, Thorin underwent an identity change from the noble Thorin son of Thrain to the ignoble Thorin Oakenshield. And it ultimately took someone small and meek to stand up to him and withhold that for which he so dangerously desired.
God works with us in the same way. Whenever we’re blinded by our own type of “sickness” or “veil,” we can turn into a type of selfish monster and ultimately change identities. Thankfully, however, because of God’s love and grace, through some crazy example of His kindness by offering His Son as the propitiation for our sins, our veils can be lifted and we can walk in newness of life.
Finding Christ In The Battle Of The Five Armies
In Finding Christ In Cinema we dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. We take a closer look at the stories they tell and see if we find the face of Jesus looking back. Together we explore the deeper meanings of these films; their plots and their twists; the characters and their choices; and see how we can relate them to the gospel of salvation and ultimately our Christian walk.
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