Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sam as Jesus


Each time I read Lord of the Rings, I am touched by Sam. He is one of my favourite characters in the whole trilogy. You can't help but love his humility, 'simplicity', and faithfulness.
But although Sam may seem like a relativly unimportant character, he is another major peice in the picture of Jesus. His humility and loyalty are just astounding.
In his humility, he is marked by self-forgetfulness. He doesn't think about himself, his role, or his contribution: he simply fulfills the task which he has set himself / been given and doggedly carries on. In his admiration for others and gratitude to others he nevers seems to think that others have equal reason to admire or are grateful to him.
He sticks with Frodo even when it could cost him his life. He helps Frodo through thick and thin, even when Frodo is increasingly ungrateful. I don't think it's until after the Ring has been dropped into the Lake of Fire, and Frodo and Sam are waiting for the eagle to come before Frodo realises how much Sam has done for him.
Quite simply, Frodo wouldn't have succeeded in the Quest if it hadn't been for Sam.
Sam was just one little Hobbit who no one thought very much of until the end. Jesus was 'just' one man who no one thought very much of until the End.