Sunday, November 16, 2008

Frodo as Jesus


Frodo is in many ways the main character of the Lord of the Rings. He's the Ring-Bearer. He has the biggest Quest. But in other ways he's just another one more character who's qualities make up a picture of Jesus.
Frodo Baggins is a rather unusual Hobbit. He is the strange nephew of the Strange Bilbo Baggins, who has never wholly been liked. He is also friend to Gandalf the Grey (later Gandalf the White) who is known in the Shire as a 'Disturber of the Peace'! Like Jesus, Frodo is an 'outsider who in some ways doesn't fit.
Frodo's inheritance of the Ring puts him and the Shire in terrible danger. So he sets out to save the Shire from the Black Shadow. When in Rivendell, Frodo offers to take the Ring to Mordor, even though his heart pull him back from the prospect.
On the Quest, Frodo's humility, bravery, and diligence are all like those of Jesus. Jesus showed his humility be going on His Quest - to the Cross. He showed his bravery by going on His Quest - to the Cross. Annd he showed his diligence by going on His Quest - to the Cross. Frodo, like Jesus had a horrific journey to face, and, though himself righteous and innocent, he carried the burden produced by the evil of others.