After many years of longing, Frodo has finally been granted his wish to see Bilbo again. His dear uncle was in the middle of crafting a new song, but was all too happy to spend time time hearing about Frodo’s adventures, as well as recounting his own travels after he left Bag-End. Join us as we complete our discussion of The Lord of the Rings, Book II, Chapter 1, Many Meetings.
Many Meetings In The Hall Of Fire
In the Last Homely House east of the Sea Frodo, indeed, had many meetings in the Hall of Fire. He had at long last caught up with Gandalf, had once again seen the Elf-lord Glorfindel, and he had at last looked upon the legendary Elrond Half-elven and his daughter (whom few mortals have had the pleasure to look upon), Arwen Evenstar, not to mention Glóin, a dwarf of renown and once companion of the great Thorin Oakenshield and his company. Such an assembly of mighty lords and ladies!
Yet with such a great assembly of mighty folk it is Bilbo who Frodo longs to see. Bilbo feels the same:
Bless me, but it has been good to see you again! There are no folk like hobbits after all for a real good talk.
The Lord of the Rings, p. 238
In My Father’s House
We have been working up to this very point since the attack in the dell at the base of Weathertop. After Frodo’s grievous wound by the Black Riders the hobbits’ anxiety threatened the necessary journey to Rivendell. Strider encouraged Sam, Pippin, Merry over and again: Don’t give up. Persevere. Hope. Trust that if we make it to Elrond’s house the table will be full. We likened this to the encouragement Jesus gave his disciples in the Upper Room on the night he was betrayed, saying that in His father’s house there were many dwelling places (John 14:2).
What was Jesus talking about? What is the “Father’s house”? The apostle Paul wrote many words of encouragement to his protege, Timothy. In them he described the household of God – His house, thusly:
1 Timothy 3:15b NASB
I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
The household of God – in the Father’s house – is the church. In His house there are many dwelling places. We see the Last Homely House as a picture of the church. Keep this in mind as you explore the many rooms and heroes, lords, ladies, and hobbits who find rest in Elrond’s house.
What stood out to you in MANY MEETINGS? Let us know in the comments below.
On The Secret Fire Podcast we travel chapter-by-chapter and book-by-book through J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth viewing it through Christian lenses. We invite you to join us each week as we continue the adventure on the Arkenstone server in Lord Of The Rings Online.
You may listen to the podcast by using the audio player at the top of this post, or use the links below for other convenient ways to subscribe and listen.
Affiliate links are used on this site.