“Lord of the Rings” ~ CFDb Movie Review

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Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world of Middle Earth comes to life in the first of three films telling the adventurous tale of one small group’s journey to turn back the overwhelming tide of evil threatening the world. The fellowship is forged as Frodo is helped on his journey by three hobbit companions, Gandalf and representatives of the elves, dwarves and men. But the spirit of the ring’s evil maker seeks its power, to once more rule the earth. Despite its three-hour length, the visually stunning film and enthralling adventure will capture audiences with its tale of bravery and friendship.

In The Two Towers, the second in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Fellowship has been broken but continues in its quest to help Frodo (Elijah Wood) to the dark land of Mordor to destroy the ring. Gollum (voice by Andy Serkis) is an invaluable guide with his knowledge of the territory but a potential hindrance with his personal lust for the ring. Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Samwise (Sean Astin) return in heroic roles.

It has come down to the final battle in this movie trilogy of epic magnitude. The fate of Middle-Earth will be decided. As the legions of evil are forming alliances to eliminate the race of men, the kingdom of Gondor is threatened and the people of Gondor need their king back.

 

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There is some controversy about this film because some believe it has a Christian theme and some do not.  Some also compare this one to “The Chronicles of Narnia“.  There is good reason for the controversy but both of these are still great films.

If you tend to see the Christian theme in most films, then you’ll notice there is a LOT more in The Chronicles of Narnia and a little bit here and there in “Lord of the Rings“.  There are some powerful moments where it seems Christianity is really shining through in Lord of the Rings but the main problem is that the good guy, the one with all the power is a Wizard and to compare him to Jesus, is hard to do since the Bible is VERY clear that God wants us to have NOTHING to do with any kind of wizardry, spiritualism, palm reading, speaking to the dead.  He wants us to stay away from any type of witchcraft and yet here it is…

There is even a time when Gandolf the gray is basically resurrected as Gandolf the white.  WOW!  Sounds like Jesus to me.

There really isn’t enough Christianity in this for me to recommend it as a Christian film.  At least in Narnia the witchcraft is evil and the Christianity in it is VERY noticeable especially when Aslan gives up his life willingly to take Edmund’s punishment and save his life.  Then that stone table is broken in half and Aslan is resurrected.  Very powerful scene.  That is one of many similar scenes.

Although Lord of the Rings is a powerful film, I find it tends to be more dark and is a little confusing when you look at it from a Christian standpoint.  Should we, as Christians, be watching films that glorify witchcraft at all when the Bible is so clear about us having nothing to do with it?  Something to think about…

Tell me what YOU think about this series, from a Christian standpoint?

 

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Lord of the Rings Resources

Although Christian Book does NOT sell the Lord of the Rings series they do have quite a few resources if you want to do more of a study about this series.

 


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  1. 20 February 13, 8:23am

    As a Christian author myself, The Lord of the Rings, as a trilogy, is rampant with Christian symbolism, especially Catholicism while CS Lewis is in more of the Protestant tradition. While I agree with your perspective regarding the secular characteristics of Gandalf, keep in mind the original audience Tolkien was reaching. The mythic archetype is a powerful cultural component of Anglo history and is used a vehicle to perpetuate the themes of friendship, struggle, and good triumphing over evil. The composition of the Trilogy occurred over several years of development, spurred by the witness of WWI horrors, and in the earlier drafts, even he didn’t fully recognize many of Christian allegorical components. I don’t believe Tolkien is glorifying Gandalf’s traits but using them as a path to perpetuate the story, widen the audience reach, and present his larger Christian themes in a more subtle context.

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