MiddleEarthBlog: Frodo as the Christ figure


Monday, May 14, 2012

Frodo as the Christ figure

  Please allow me to explain myself on this. Once again I am using allegory here but sometimes it's fun to try to find deeper meaning in these tales, meanings that Professor Tolkien probably did not intend to make.Never the less I keep seeing Frodo as a Christ like figure in quite a few ways. Firstly this is not an attempt to blaspheme or to be controversial and my apologies to any I offend as it is not my intent to do so. Okay, got that out of the way. Can we agree that Frodo is in may ways a tragic figure in this tale who suffers greatly for his attempt to end evil in middle earth.Also that he volunteers to do so even though he was in effect picked for this task by a higher authority ( Gandalf) and as Gandalf stated he was meant to find the ring thus we have predetermination in his selection in other words every thing was fixed and he couldn't change it. Even though his journey was was full of pain and suffering he bore the great weight of the ring ( cross ). Sam could be said to play the part of Joseph of Aramithea and takes up the burden for Frodo for a time as Joseph did for Christ. The terrible ordeal of crossing the desolation of Mordor to Mount Doom could represent Christs journey to Golgotha and the place of his crucifixion Sam again taking the place of Joseph when he picks Frodo up and carries him to the fires of Mount Doom. I picture Gollum as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Frodo not for 30 pieces of Silver but for Gold ( the ring ) and just as Judas paid for his sins by death by his oen hands so does Gollum pay for his sins by death as he fell from the ledge into the fires of Mount Doom. Did Frodo ascend into Heaven as Christ did? Not like he did but close to it.He suffered for his great act of self sacrifice and for the terrible wounds he had received and in the end he was allowed to enter paradise and live with the Gods in the blessed realm. Even though he did not save us from our sins unless you count the Elves greed for knowledge in the forging of the rings and Isildurs refusal to destroy the ring when he had the chance as sins he did indeed suffer for middle earth. So there you have my somewhat convoluted reasoning behind the title. As usual comments are courteously encouraged.

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