Bringing the Text to Life
There's an angel in the story.
And a young woman.
Plus a little guy. One destined to save the world.
This hero resists temptation and is true to the end. He offers himself as a sacrifice to a good cause, defies death and remains faithful until he is permitted to leave for a heavenly realm.
So, who is he? You might think "Jesus," the one who will "save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).
Of course you're right, but this is also a description of Frodo -the heroic hobbit in the first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. The angel of this story is Gandalf, and the Virgin Mary is Galadrial, although - granted - Galadrial is not the mother of Frodo. Still, the redemptive matrix that parallels the incarnational gospel of Christianity is striking.
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