The Redhorn Gate. The most malevolent foe that the Company has encountered since leaving Rivendell is the mountain known as Caradhras the Cruel. Is there anything that can help them to survive? Join us as we complete The Lord of the Rings, book II, chapter 3, The Ring Goes South.
The Ring Goes South, Pt. 4
On this episode of the Secret Fire Podcast we join the Fellowship as they attempt to navigate the Redhorn Pass to the Dimrill Dale and on to the Great River. But cruel Caradhras will not let them pass. They are defeated by the mountain. Yet they survive with help.
David, Jesus, Gandalf, Frodo, and Aragorn
We have established that Gandalf, Frodo and Aragorn are types of Christ Jesus each representing one of the three offices of Messiah: Prophet, Priest and King respectively. Too, Israel most famous king, David, was a type fulfilled in Jesus the antitype. Antitype is defined as something that is foreshadowed by a type or symbol, as a New Testament event prefigured in the Old Testament.
David prefigured Christ Jesus in more ways than we have time to address. Many of the Psalms of David are quoted by the New Testament writers as having been fulfilled in Jesus’ life, ministry, and death, burial and resurrection. So it comes as no surprise that J.R.R. Tolkien – a devout Roman Catholic – would be inspired by the poetry of David, especially his cries to Yahweh for help. We find the following to be apropos when reading of the company’s battle against cruel Caradhras – the enemy in The Ring Goes South:
Psalms 70 (NASB)
O God, hasten to deliver me;
O Lord, hasten to my help!
Let those be ashamed and humiliated
Who seek my life;
Let those be turned back and dishonored
Who delight in my hurt.
Let those be turned back because of their shame
Who say, “Aha, aha!”
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
And let those who love Your salvation say continually,
“Let God be magnified.”
But I am afflicted and needy;
Hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay.
- The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, by Robert Foster
- Christianity in Lord of the Rings, by Peter Kreeft
- The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook read by Rob Inglis
- The Lord of the Rings 1981 Radio Dramatization by BBC
What stood out to you in The Ring Goes South Pt. 4? Let us know in the comments below.
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