Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Life, Movies, and the Gospel: Frodo Baggins

Next in a series of articles about the Lord of the Rings, we have the main protagonist, Frodo Baggins.

 As an adopted son of Bilbo Baggins, he inherits the Ring found by Bilbo many years before.  Some time later, Gandalf returns to tell Frodo that this ring, apparently of no consequence, is actually the One Ring, needed by Sauron to take over the world.  Fleeing the Shire with his friends, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, he is soon caught up in a quest to take the One Ring to Mordor, and throw it in Mount Doom to be destroyed. 

(If you've not seen the movie nor read the books, this is a highly condensed synopsis.)

Joining him in this quest are Gimli the dwarf, Legolas the elf, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, Boromir, Aragorn, and of course, Gandalf.  They are the Fellowship of the Ring, a group of allies dedicated to this task.  Frodo is the Ringbearer, the one who must bear the burden of the Ring from that point on.

As in life, Frodo is surrounded by friends, and is constantly in danger.  If we see the Ring as sin, something introduced by the evil one, then Frodo's quest is to bear sin until he can destroy it.  It's not quite a perfect match, but I think it's a good one.  Just like Frodo, we all have sins.  We all need to be rid of it, to be clean.  We can't do it by ourself; we need some help.  We all need, in a figurative sense, to go to Mount Doom, to suffer, to repent of our sins, and be clean. 

It's a long and difficult process.  Luckily, we all have our friends surrounding us.  We have a lot of help from God.  We can, and if we're willing, will be rid of sin through Jesus Christ.

And now, "How it should have ended: Lord of the Rings"
(Seriously.  Why did noone think of this?)

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