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Relating Lord of the Rings to Christianity

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.

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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.
Galadriel: 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!~

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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.


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Sometimes we get so caught up in our own selfishness that we hurt the ones we love.

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Frodo: 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!:)

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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.

The Characters

Click on "Characters" above, for a description of the moral and spiritual parallels to the following characters:
Frodo
Sam
Rosie
Gandalf
Aragorn
Gollum
Faramir
 
 

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For an article on Christian principles in Tolkien's works.

For more on interpreting Tolkien's spiritual themes, read:
Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues: Exploring the Spiritual Themes of the Lord of the Rings
by  Mark Eddy Smith
 
The Battle for Middle-Earth: Tolkien's Divine Design in the Lord of the Rings
by Fleming Rutledge
 
Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through Lord of the Rings
by Sarah Arthur
 
The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in  Middle-Earth
by Ralph C. Wood
 
Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in the Lord of the Rings
by Matthew T. Dickerson