Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gandalf as Jesus


Gandalf is another 'Jesus' figure in Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. His wisdom, authority, power, leadership, and humility are all assets which make Jesus the perfect Servant King. Gandalf leads the Company until Moria, where he sacrifices himself so that the rest of the Company can go on. Gandalf is the leader of the Fellowship of the Ring and, in some ways, binds the other members together. Though he is the wisest member of the Company he gives time to others and, as Aragorn grows up into being king, Gandalf treats him as a friend and almost an equal. For the sake of the Company he gives himself to death in the battle with the monstrous Balrog in the end he comes back (rises!), even greater and more powerful than before!