Christian Themes In LOTR: The Fellowship Of The Ring | Finding Christ In Cinema

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Hobbit Frodo shows us how to be faithful in the small things, and Gandalf lays down his life for the sheep.

This is an image of the movie poster for Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.

To Shame The Strong

Frodo Baggins, like all Hobbits, is small, and his character and his nature reflect this physical attribute. Frodo doesn’t have fantastic ambitions for power like the other races, and he doesn’t suffer from the same type of wanderlust that his uncle Bilbo. Instead, Frodo is able to focus on the small things that need to be done – like dropping a little gold Ring into the fires of Mount Doom – without being affected by its sinister influence. Likewise, if we focus on the small things that Jesus calls us to – loving God and loving others – we will be less likely to be pressed into the world’s mold.

The Good Shepherd

Gandalf, on the other hand, serves as much more than the Grey Wizard as he also arguably the Christ-figure of the film. Specifically, Gandalf fulfills the position of Christ-figure in that he is the shepherd that guides the sheep – the Fellowship of the Ring itself – along the path and, when the time comes, lays down his life for those sheep, as Jesus refers to himself in John 10:11

I am the good a shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Christian Themes In The Fellowship Of The Ring

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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