Whether you are a Christian or not, isn't the point. Tolkien was and he wrote The Lord of the
Rings with such themes.
"The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so
at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything
like 'religion,' to cults or practices, in the imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the
symbolism." - J.R.R Tolkien
Below is an unfinished list of quotes from the book that are connected to spiritual themes or Bible
verses. Also, there are character descriptions.
Galadriel: This task was appointed
to you, and if you do not find a way, no one will.
Frodo: I know what I must do, it's just that... I'm afraid to do it.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
God can give us big tasks, that we may feel we are not strong enough to accomplish. Like
Moses, we could make excuses. But God knows us, because He created us! He knows what we are capable of. So trust Him. He will
send people in your life to help you, just like in the Fellowship.
This quote can also apply to when God surprises you with giving you an opportunity in something
you never dreamed of. You never know the unique special plan He has for each one of us, until it happens!~
Frodo: I wish the
ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work, Frodo, than the will
of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the ring. In which case you also were meant to have it, and that is an encouraging thought.
Yet another "plan" quote. Sometimes life is so horrible in our eyes that we get
depressed. We are following what God told us to do, and feel like we're failing. We reject God's plan for us, because it is
hard. Unfortunately, the narrow road is narrow for a reason! It's a hard path. Many people will take the easy way out, in
unbelief, rejecting everything that can't be explained by reason. But wouldn't you rather spend 80 years or so on a difficult
path, and an eternity-forever!- in Heaven? I think this short time on earth should be appreciated. We don't have to stay here
forever. Anway, getting back to God's plan for us. This is a very hope inspiring quote. When we get down and sad because
things aren't going our way, and our mission is long and tiring, we wish we could press the "rewind" button on our lives.
But, as Gandalf says, that is not for us to decide. All we have to do is decide what to do with the time that is given to
us. We are given this time, so instead of becoming depressed and sad, think about this: God gave you this moment. No one else,
but YOU! He wants you accomplish his purposes and grow from this situation. So make the most of it! You were meant
to have it.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our own selfishness that we hurt the ones
: I know what you would say, and it would seem like wisdom, but for the warning in my heart
I know, have a lot of Frodo quotes! It's just that
he has so many good lines!lol. Anyhoo, what a practical quote. There are people out there who will try to deceive you. But
the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts, and we can feel it when we know that something that person is saying, is not exactly
right. Although it makes perfectly good sense, it feels wrong in our hearts. This is the spirit of discernment God gives us.
Thankyou Jesus for that!:)
Sam: " I
made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise. 'Don't you leave him Samwise Gamgee.' And I don't mean to. I don't mean to."
Loyalty is an honorable quality that exhibits selflessness, and a generous,
devoted spirit. In this world, too many are independent, selfish, ambitious and live in the temporary.
Click on "Characters" above, for a description of the moral and spiritual parallels to the following characters:
For an article on Christian principles in Tolkien's works.