Christian Themes In The Two Towers | Finding Christ In Cinema

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, we examine Frodo Baggins as the Lamb of God and Samwise Gamgee believing that the world is worth saving.

This image shows Gollum, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee peering from behind the stones overlooking the black gate in Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers.

Behold The Lamb Of God

Since there is no one singular Christ-figure in this story arc, Michael wants to bring the focus on Frodo and how he symbolizes the Lamb of God as described in Leviticus. According to the Law, after the sin offering had been…offered…another goat was used in the ceremony as the scapegoat, which would carry the sins (and bear the iniquities) of the Israelite people out into the wilderness. This is how we can understand Frodo as the Lamb of God, who carries away the Ring to the only place wherein it can be absolved: Mount Doom.

On the next day John a saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! – John 1:29

Feed My Sheep

And with Frodo representing Jesus, it’s not hard to see Samwise Gamgee as representing the stone-headed Peter. It takes Frodo standing up for Smeagol throughout the film for Sam to realize that Smeagol is actually worth saving. We can internalize that for ourselves by noting how Jesus believed that the world is worth saving and then using that as the foundation upon which to operate.

Finding Christ In LOTR: The Two Towers

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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