Lord of the Rings I

Minas Tirith, the 'City of Kings' is an Analogy of the Eternal City of Rome. The Seven (7) Tiers of Minas Tirith are Analogous to the Seven (7) Hills of Rome; the Number Seven (7) being the Symbol of Perfection from Scripture. The great stone Replica of a Ship's Bow is Analogous to the 'Barque of Saint Peter' (Catholic Church) located in Rome. As Minas Tirith has withstood Thousands of Years of attempts to destroy it, so also the 'Barque of Saint Peter' has survived Thousands of Years of Turmoil and Strife, and will continue to Survive, Protected by her Spouse, Jesus Christ, until the End of Time. Minas Tirith, the 'White City', is also Analogous of the 'Bride of Christ' (His Holy Church), which He will claim as His Bride on His Return. Note also that the Ship's Bow points East, to God, just as all Altars of the Catholic Church point East. Christ, in His Second Coming will come from the East.

 

The Moral Dimension in The Lord of the Rings is Powerfully Applicable to our Lives. Concepts such as Self-Sacrifice; the Exaltation of the Humble; the Power of Humility versus the Destructive and Self-Negating Futility of Pride (Theologically Understood) are at the Center of everybody's lives — even if they don't realize it!

"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you".

 

Lord of the Rings

Selection of additional comments
compiled from various sources

Many say that after William Shakespeare, another Roman Catholic, there are no new Plots. But the Plot the devout Roman Catholic JRR Tolkien based his Trilogy on goes back to the First Plot - that of our First Parents in the Garden of Eden, and even before that, for that matter, with the Banishment of the Fallen Angels.

Many attribute Tolkien's Analogy to his experiences in both World Wars, but I beg to differ. Other than his obvious reference of the Black Riders as the Nazgul - a definite reference to the Nazis, I find it more a Spiritual, Catholic Story, than any Secular War Epic. Indeed, it is a Spiritual War of the Widest-Span. Therefore, in addition to calling this Masterful Author an Artist of Genius with Word and Imagination, I would also call him a Prophet.

Consider that, while employed as a full-time Professor at Oxford with a Permanent Chair in the Merton Professorship of English Language and Literature, he and his beloved wife Edith were rearing Three (3) Children - John, Michael and Christopher. Tolkien's Love for Storytelling began when, as a Loving, Doting Father he sought to Teach the Boys the Faith. The World had already Infiltrated many Doctrines and he wanted to imbue in them the Beliefs that would Stick, while not going over the Heads of Young, Distracted Minds. Thus he chose his Strength, to convey to them the Power of God and Relate with their Make-Believe World, which so many children today have been Deprived-of, thanks to the need to bring 'Reality' into everything Blatantly and with no Holds-barred.

The "Hobbit" came from the early days of teaching his children. That led to "The Fellowship", followed by the Next Two (2) Books. It was his Best Friend, and a Man he so Admired and Emulated, C.S. Lewis, who gave his work on the Trilogy the Highest Praise, "Here are Beauties that Pierce like Swords, or Burn like Cold Iron; here is a Work that will Break your Heart".

In much the same manner as Persecuted Catholics utilized the Hymn "Twelve Days of Christmas" to keep the Truths of the Faith alive in the Times of the Reformation and the Turmoil of the French Revolution, so also JRRT sought to impart to his children and future generations, these same Truths, albeit Masked in a Fable that would not only withstand the Test of Time, but sustain Hearts and Perseverance in times when the Faith was so Under Attack and Undermined as it is today. I find it Ironic that in these Early Years of the Third Millennium when the Tenets of the True Faith are practically being Shoved into Oblivion, that Peter Jackson took-on the Massive and most Laudable Task of putting Tolkien's Words and Imagination on Celluloid, delving into the Incredible Mind of this Master Englishman who will go down as one of the Greatest Authors of all Time. I find it even more Ironic that Jackson's Trilogy, "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", and "The Return of the King" have become the most successful Trilogy ever seen on the large screen - not to mention Videotape and DVD sales. Don't tell me the Faith is Dead. It lives-on in the Lesson Tolkien left us, if only we Understand his Motives and Clever Analogy, using the writing style of 'Applicability' and the Literary Medium of 'Mythology', as explained below by Professor Joseph Pearce.

 

Tolkien Believed that Certain Truths could be more Effectively Conveyed through the Medium of Mythology, than through any other Literary Medium. Consequently, he set-out to Create a Mythological World in which to have room to Speak Truthfully.

Tolkien disliked 'Allegory' because he saw it as a rather Crude Literary Form. In an 'Allegory', the writer begins with the Point he wishes to make, and then makes up a Story to make his Point. The Story is really little more than a Means of Illustrating the Moral.

Tolkien believed that a Myth should not be 'Allegorical', but that it should be 'Applicable'. In other words, the Truth that Emerges in the Story can be Applied to the Truth that Emerges in Life.

Dr Joseph Pearce, Professor of Literature at Ave Maria College

 

The Church Militant


The Army of Men represents the Church Militant called to fight Evil to the Death -
None is vanquished but he who Ceases to Struggle and Loses Confidence in God.
"He does not receive the Victor's Crown unless he fights well" - 2Timothy 2:5

 

JRR Tolkien has incorporated the entire Communion of Saints (i.e. Church Militant + Church Suffering + Church Triumphant) in his Stirring Epic of Middle Earth, that in essence is a Saga of Salvation History. The Innocence of the Hobbits, Personified in Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin "Pippin" Took, and loyal Merry, represent those, if you will, in the State of Grace, Free from the Temptations of the World. The Stature of these Hobbits and their names themselves which Tolkien chose, speak volumes. But the World had begun to penetrate Hobbiton due to the Possession of "the Ring" by Bilbo Baggins. Despite the Pull, Bilbo proved a Saved Soul and, with Difficulty gave-up the Prize, knowing its Consequences. It was left to the most Innocent of the Lot - Frodo, accompanied by his fellow ' Missionaries' Sam, Pippin and Merry to rid the Shire and, ultimately, the World of Middle Earth, of the Power of Evil.

Once Sauron (Satan) realized the Purpose of these Innocents, he unleashed his "Ring Wraiths" to stop them at any cost. Sound familiar? Now the Analogy of the "Wizards" - Gandalf and Saruman. These are Analogous to Archangels. The former (Gandalf) is Loyal to God - much in the manner of Saint Michael, beautifully depicted in the "Two Towers", when Early-on we see him Fighting the Mighty Balrog Beast as they hurtle downward into the Abyss of the Massive Cave of Moria; then Gandalf, riding Majestically and Mightily to the Rescue on his White Steed to save Helms Deep, as well as riding into the Magnificent White City of Minas Tirith in "The Return" to Confront the Imposter King.

The latter Wizard (Saruman) is a Fallen Angel who was enticed by the False Promises of Melkor, who Tolkien clearly delineated as Lucifer. One of his Chief Agents was Sauron. Saruman turned against Ilúvatar/Eru (the Triune God). Saruman represents the Agents of Mammon who Prize the World, the Flesh and the Devil. Saruman stands for those Apostates who broke away from Christ's True Church, gathering the Ghosts of Gnosticism, Pantheism, Mannachaeism, Arianism, Kabbalism, and every other Heresy including Freemasonry up to the Twentieth Century. These were the Orcs. But even these could not withstand the Forces of Goodness, and so, in the manner of Desperate Mammon, Saruman created even more Powerful Forces - the Uruk-hai.

 

Purgatory and the Church Suffering

Aragon descends to the Paths of the Dead

Christ descends to Limbo

Who shall call them from the Grey Twilight, the Forgotten People?
The Heir of him to whom the Oath they Swore.
From the North shall he come, need shall drive him.
He shall Pass the Door to the Paths of the Dead

There are so many Nuances and Scenarios I could deliberate on such as Aragorn's Christ-like descent into the Mountain of Dimholt and the Paths of the Dead, to allow the Mutinous Dead (i.e. Church Suffering) one final Act of Reparation: A Chance to be Redeemed and Purified. So also Our Lord Freed the Souls of the Old Covenant from Limbo.

The Dead Marshes as well, represented Purgatory, Souls Trapped in a Void between Heaven and Earth - waiting for the Waters of Time to subside before being admitted to the Heavenly Climes. Gandalf's words, Penned so brilliantly by Tolkien and kept intact by Jackson and his Master Screenwriter Frances Walsh, still echo in my Mind and Heart: "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you".

Thank God the Faith will survive, for imbedded within the Myth of the Trilogy of "The Lord of the Rings" is Hope for the Faithful, for "The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:19).

 

The Church Triumphant

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The Three Archangels walk with Tobias - by BOTTICINI, Francesco - from Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The Ainur, Angelic Beings are comparable to Heavenly Saints and Angels, who comprise the Church Triumphant. Heavenly Angels Triumphed when they Chose to remain Faithful to God during the Terrible Fall lead by Lucifer. Similarly, the Heavenly Saints Chose to Serve God while on Earth, and now Reign in Triumph in Heaven. As everyone knows, the Pride of Lucifer lead to his Fall when he Chose not to Serve God. Similarly, Melkor, the Greatest of the Ainur, Chose not to Serve his Creator, Ilúvatar (God).

The Ainur had many different Orders, similar to the Nine (9) Orders of Angels. The Lower Order of Istari, such as Gandalf and Saruman, were sent to Earth in Bodily Form to Guide the Affairs of Men. Their Counterparts in the Church Triumphant might be the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, who walked the Earth with Tobias in the Old Testament.

In the Two Towers, at the Bridge of Khazad-dűm, Gandalf says to the Balrog: "I am the Servant of the Secret Fire, Wielder of the Flame of Anor". The Secret Fire and the Flame of Anor are names for the Holy Spirit, Whom Gandalf Serves.

During our Stay on Earth, during our Journey through Life, we Choose to either Serve or not to Serve God.

"All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you".

 

Evil as a Parasite of Good

Evil is Parasitic and can only Destroy that which was created Good by God. Everything that Ilúvatar (God) Created in Middle-earth (and in our World) is Good. It is the Perversion and Corruption of what was Created, that is Evil. Good can exist on its own. Evil can only Live-off what is Good.

The Judeo-Christian Conception of Creation (Genesis) and the Fall, and of the Preeminence of Good over Evil, is an important Theme, not only in The Silmarillion, but also in The Lord of the Rings, where we find Evil in Middle Earth depicted as a Corruption and Distortion of Prior and Fundamental Goodness. In particular, just as Melkor and Sauron are Fallen Ainur or Angelic Beings, the Evil Creatures and Races of Middle Earth are always Corrupted or Distorted versions of the Good Ones. Goodness is Primordial, Evil Derivative.

 

Created/Primordial Good

Evil Derivative

Ainur, Angelic Beings Melkor, Sauron
Ents Trolls
Humans Nazgűl
Elves Orcs
Hobbits Gollum
Horses Wolves of Isengard
Eagles Dragons

 

Three Representations of Jesus Christ

As Jesus Bore the Sins of Mankind, Frodo Bears a great Burden of Evil on Behalf of the World, and as he approaches the Cracks of Doom the Ring becomes as much a Crushing Weight as the Wood of the Cross. The Weight of the Ring Wounds Frodo's Neck, just as the Weight of the Cross Wounded Christ's Shoulder.
 

Frodo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and Aragorn, each in a Remote-way, Embody one of the Three (3) Aspects of Christ’s Ministry as Priest, Prophet, and King. Each also undergoes a kind of SacrificialDeath” and Rebirth.

The Priestly Role belongs to Frodo, who Bears a Burden of Terrible Evil on behalf of the Whole World, like Christ carrying His Cross. Frodo’s Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows is at the very Heart of Tolkien’s Story, just as the Crucifixion Narratives are at the Heart of the Gospel Accounts. As Christ descended into the Grave, Frodo Journeys into Mordor, the Land of Death, and there Suffers a Death-like State in the Lair of the Giant Spider, Shelob, before Awakening to Complete his Task. And, as Christ Ascended into Heaven, Frodo’s Life in Middle Earth comes to an End when he departs over the sea into the Mythical West with the Elves, which is as much to say, into Paradise.

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Gandalf is the Prophet, Revealing hidden Knowledge, working Wonders, teaching others the way. Evoking the Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ, Gandalf does Battle with the Powers of Hell (Balrog) to Save his Friends, Sacrificing himself and descending into the Nether Regions before being Triumphantly Reborn in Greater Power and Glory as Gandalf the White. As with Frodo, Gandalf’s Sojourn in Middle Earth ends with his Final Voyage over the Sea into the West.

Finally, there is Aragorn, the Crownless destined to be King. Besides being a Messianic King of Prophecy, Aragorn also dimly reflects the Saving Work of Christ by walking the Paths of the Dead and offering Peace to the Spirits there Imprisoned, Anticipating in a way the Harrowing of Hell. (The Oath-Breaking Spirits Aragorn encounters on the Paths of the Dead, who cannot Rest in Peace until they Expiate their Treason, suggest a kind of Purgatorial State.)

Who shall call them from the Grey Twilight, the Forgotten People?
The Heir of him to whom the Oath they Swore.
From the North shall he come, need shall drive him.
He shall Pass the Door to the Paths of the Dead

 

Go in Peace

Borimir confesses to Aragon

A smile of Peace forms on the Lips of the
King of the Dead when Forgiven by Aragon

 

The word "Peace" is used by Jesus Christ more than any other in the New Testament. Two (2) dramatic instances of Aragon giving Peace in his Role as the Christ-like King include: First Borimirs' Death at the end of the Fellowship of the Ring, and Secondly the Release of the Mutinous Dead to Heaven after fulfilling their Duty at the Battle of Pelennor Fields.

Boromir genuinely Repents of his Moment of Weakness, and is Redeemed, not only by an Act of Reparation that Costs him his Life, but also by Freely making Confession of his Wrongdoing to another.

 

Song of Songs
Canticle of Canticles


The Tender Kiss between Aragon and Arwen represents the Love between Christ and His Holy Bride, the Church

 

The Old Testament Book, Song of Songs, symbolically portrays the Love which exists between Jesus Christ and His Holy Bride, the Church, Whom He will claim during His Second Coming. And of course Aragon, as a Representation of Christ the King, does claim Arwen for his Bride after being crowned King.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux explains the Kiss as not a mere Meeting of Lips, but the Union of God with Man.

 

On the Kiss

by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

I do not presume to think that I shall be kissed by His Mouth. That is the Unique Felicity and Singular Prerogative of the Humanity He assumed. But, more Humbly, I ask to be kissed by the Kiss of His Mouth, which is shared by many, those who can say, "Indeed from His Fullness we have all Received". [John 1:16]

Listen carefully here. The Mouth which Kisses signifies the Word Who assumes Human Nature; the Flesh which is assumed, is the Recipient of the Kiss; the Kiss, which is both Giver and Receiver, is the Person which is of both, the Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus [1Timothy 2:5].

For this reason, none of the Saints presumed to say, "Let Him kiss me with His Mouth," but "with the kiss of His Mouth", thus acknowledging that Prerogative of Him on Whom uniquely once and for-all, the Mouth of the Word was pressed, when the Whole Fullness of the Divinity gave itself to Him in the Body [Colossians 2:9].

O Happy Kiss, and Wonder of Amazing Self-humbling which is not a mere meeting of lips, but the Union of God with Man. The Touching of Lips signifies the bringing together of Souls. But this Conjoining of Natures Unites the Human with the Divine and makes Peace between Earth and Heaven. For He Himself is our Peace, Who made the Two, One [Ephesians 2:14].

 

Arwen Evenstar

The beautiful Arwen, daughter of Elrond of Rivendel, is Symbolic of the Holy Catholic Church, the Bride of Christ. Most obviously this is apparent in her role as the Bride of Aragon, as explained in the previous Paragraphs. No less important in making this connection are the various instances during the Story when she dispenses Grace to various characters.

To explain: Holy Mother Church has been given the Authority by God to Distribute from Heaven's Infinite Treasure Chest of God's Saving Grace. This Treasury of the Church is the Infinite Value, which can never be Exhausted, which Christ's Merits have before God. They were Offered so that the Whole of Mankind could be set-free from Sin and attain Communion with the Father.

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Detail from the Mystical Press - by da Siena - from the Vatican Museum --- which depicts the Infinite Supply of Merits accumulated by the Sufferings of Jesus, for use by His Church to Redeem Mankind.
 

In Christ, the Redeemer Himself, the Satisfactions and Merits of His Redemption exist and find their Efficacy. This Treasury includes as well the Prayers and Good Works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly Immense, Unfathomable, and even Pristine in their Value before God. In the Treasury, too, are the Prayers and Good Works of all the Saints, all those who have followed in the Footsteps of Christ the Lord and by His Grace have made their Lives Holy and carried out the Mission the Father entrusted to them. In this way they attained their own Salvation, and at the same time Cooperated in Saving their Brothers in the Unity of the Mystical Body.

Grace is dispensed through the Church Who, by virtue of the Power of Binding and Loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the Treasury of the Merits of Christ and the Saints, to obtain from the Father of Mercies the Remission of Temporal Punishments. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the Aid of these Christians, but also to Spur them to Great Works of Devotion, Penance, and Charity.

Accordingly, Arwen dispenses Grace to Spur on various Participants in their Fight against Evil. First, in the Fellowship of the Ring, Arwen dispenses Grace to Frodo after he is stabbed by a Morgul Blade, and is in Danger of falling into Shadow. The Dialogue which contains Arwen's Prayer to Ilúvatar (God) follows:

<Arwen reaches the river, and splashes across the Ford. She pauses and looks back. The Nazgűl have stopped at the edge of the water. Their mounts rear up, screaming, seemingly terrified of entering the river.>

<<Nazgűl: Give up the halfling, she-Elf!>>

<<Arwen:
<draws her sword in challenge> If you want him, come and claim him!>>

<The Nazgűl draw their swords and urge their reluctant horses across the Ford. Arwen begins to chant to the river.>

<<Arwen:

Nin o Chithaeglir, lasto beth daer,
Rimmo nin Bruinen, dan in Ulair!
Nin o Chithaeglir, lasto beth daer,
Rimmo nin Bruinen, dan in Ulair!


(Waters of the Misty Mountains
listen to the Great Word;
flow waters of Loudwater
against the Ringwraiths!)>>

<Gradually, the water level rises. A great flood comes around the bend, with peaks like white horses. The Nazgűl are cast from their mounts and washed away down the river as Arwen watches.>

<Frodo starts to slip from the horse. Arwen lays him on the ground.>

<<Arwen: No! Frodo...No! Frodo, don’t give in! Not now!>>

<Arwen cries and embraces Frodo.>


<<Arwen (voice over): What Grace is given me, let it pass to him, let him be spared - save him.>>
 

Second, in The Two Towers Arwen again dispenses Grace, this time to Aragon after his Fall from the Cliff into the River, in order to Strengthen him to return to Helms Deep. The dialogue which contains Arwen's Prayer to Ilúvatar (God) follows:

Scene 37 – The Grace of the Valar

<Aragorn is floating in the river, unconscious. He is washed ashore and dreams of Arwen.>

Arwen: <Kissing him on the lips> May the Grace of the Valar protect you.

<A horse arrives and nudges Aragorn, turning him over and nuzzling him.>

Aragorn: <Mumbles> Brego… <He grabs hold of Brego’s mane, pulls himself onto the horse and rides slowly to Helms Deep.>

The Valar mentioned above were the Greatest of the Ainur who witnessed the Vision of Ilúvatar, that is the Vision of the World before it's Creation by Ilúvatar (God). The Catholic Church teaches that all Angelic Beings received the Beatific Vision of God after passing their Test. You and I too will receive the Beatific Vision of God after we have passed our Test here on Earth. Satan failed the Test and never did receive the Beatific Vision, during which God makes known to all the Faithful, all the Secrets of His Creation. None can commit Evil after receiving the Beatific Vision and experiencing His Love for us.

 

The Theological Virtues


The Theological Virtue of Hope is Represented here by the Lonely Flower which Blooms on the Tree of Kings.

"Faith is daring the Soul to go beyond what the Eye refuses to see". ~J.R.R. Tolkien

 

The Sense of Hope in Middle Earth is Rooted in an Undefined but Definite Awareness of God's Providence. The name of Ilúvatar/Eru may not be spoken in The Lord of the Rings, but His Will is evident from the outset, when in the Mines of Moria Gandalf explains to Frodo the Significance of the Evil Ring being discovered by his Uncle Bilbo, a Humble Hobbit. In that seemingly Chance-Occurrence, Gandalf says,

…there was Something Else at Work, beyond any Design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was Meant to find the Ring, and not by its Maker. In which case you also were Meant to have it. And that may be an Encouraging Thought.

Gandalf can “Put it no Plainer”, of course, because in this story, Tolkien wishes to avoid Explicit Entanglement with Religious Doctrine. Nevertheless, the Underlying Idea is clear.

Another Significant Scene dealing with Hope occurs at Helms Deep just prior to the Uruk-hai Attack. The Scene unfolds thusly:

<Everyone is getting ready for War at the Battlements. Aragorn is sitting on the steps. He sees a young lad in armour holding a sword looking around nervously.>

Aragorn: Give me your sword. What is your name?

Haleth: Haleth, son of Háma, my lord. The men are saying that we will not live out the night. They say that it is Hopeless..

<Aragorn gives the battered sword a few swings.>

Aragorn: This is a good sword, Haleth, son of Háma.

<He hands the sword back to Haleth and leans close to him, putting a hand on his shoulder.>

Aragorn: There is always Hope.

 

The Hand of Providence is also seen at various points throughout the drama of the story, but nowhere more clearly than in the Climactic Scene at Mount Doom, where Two (2) Central Characters Struggling with Evil, both Succumb, yet in the Conflict of their Evil Wills, not Evil, but Good is Served.

In the hands of another writer, such an ending might be seen as Coincidental, Ironic, Absurdist, or even Deus ex Machina. As written by Tolkien, however, it is the Inevitable Result of the Collision between the Inexorable Designs of Providence and the Limitations of his Fallen Cast of Characters. It is here that Tolkien most Emphatically Rejects an Allegorizing Interpretation: Frodo may be a Christ-like Figure in many ways, but he is not, like C.S. Lewis’s Lion Aslan, an Allegorical Representation of Christ Himself. Where Christ Triumphed, Frodo Fails, yet the Designs of Providence are still Served.

In another JRRT Book, discussion of Hope may be found in the "Debate of Finrod and Andreth" which turns precisely on the question of Hope. Finrod speaks of a kind of Hope called Estel.

It is not defeated by the Ways of the World, for it does not come from Experience, but from our Nature and First Being. If we are indeed the Eruhin, the Children of the One, then He will not suffer Himself to be deprived of His own, not by any Enemy, not even by ourselves. This is the Last Foundation of Estel, which we keep even when we Contemplate the End: of all His Designs (Providence) the Issue must be for His Children’s Joy.

Estel, then, means Trust in God.

 

The Sign of the Cross

At the end of the Fellowship of the Ring (and the beginning of the Second Book) Aragorn kneels beside the Mortally Wounded Boromir — and as he Dies, Aragorn makes a rudimentary Sign of the Cross touching First his Forehead and then his Lips. It is a Salute to Ilúvatar, the One Who Created all.

 

Viaticum (Lembas Bread)

Before the Fellowship departs from Lórien, Lady Galadriel bids each to participate in a Farewell Ritual and drink from a Common Cup. More significant is the Mystical Elvish Food given to the FellowshipLembas or WayBread. A small amount of this Supernatural Nourishment will Sustain a Traveler for many days.

To Lady Galadriel was given the Secret of making Lembas Bread (Waybread). Lady Galadriel gave this Lembas Bread to the Fellowship as they left Lórien on their Journey to Mordor. Lembas Bread Symbolizes Heavenly Manna Bread given to the People of Israel during their Old Testament Journey through the Desert, and also Manna's Fulfillment in the New Testament, Viaticum (Holy Communion), given to Catholics for their Journey through this Life and into the Next Life (Eternal Life). Viaticum/Holy Communion is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ; and Jesus Christ received His Body and His Blood from His mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Lady Galadriel


 

The Lady Galadriel, as revealed by Tolkien himself, strongly represents the Blessed Virgin Mary, save for the fact that Galadriel was not a Virgin, nor born Immaculately, but Tolkien's Description and Jackson's Depiction of Rivendell and Lothlorien represent the Peace and Serenity of the Golden Years of the Church - the way it should be where Great Fruits were realized. Galadriel could also represent the Great Women Saints of the Church. The statues illustrate so well the Traditions of the Church. It is there also where the Sword was Rewelded - the "Sword of Truth" which would Recapture the Glory of God for His Holy Church. The fact Galadriel appears in a Vision to Frodo just solidifies the essence of what Galadriel represents: Goodness. The Lovable Gimli has a Deep Devotion to the Lady Galadriel, translating to a Catholic's undying Devotion to the Blessed Mother.

 

Eowyn

The Niece of Theoden the Beautiful, but Feisty Eowyn represents in many ways a combination of Saint Catherine of Siena in seeking Gandalf (aka Saint Michael) to cast out the Spell of Wormtongue on Theoden, so that the Papacy will be returned to Rome, and later at Helms Deep Saint Joan of Arc in wanting to take up the Sword to Fight for the Cause with the other Warriors, rather than Retiring to Safety deeper within the Castle with the other Women and Children.

Saint Joan of Arc has always been an Analogy of the Blessed Virgin Mary who leads God's Army against Satan's Army of Evil. Also, Eowyn represents the Blessed Virgin Mary when she slays the Dragon at Pelennor Fields, just as Mary will defeat the Dragon at the End of Time. The Moral is clear: only those with a Pure Heart can survive in the Land of Mordor (this World). The Shadows that mock them and breed Manufactured Monsters cannot Kill the Soul, only the Body. Tolkien believed very much in the Doctrine that Mary's Immaculate Heart will Triumph and she will Crush the Serpent's Head (Genesis 3:15; Nota Bene: It is by her Seed, Jesus Christ, that the woman Crushes the Serpent's Head).

 

Mother and Son

Aragon kneels before a statue of his mother, Gilraen at Rivendell. . . . . The statue is clearly Reminiscent of Catholic Marian statuary; thus Aragorn’s mother is associated with Mary, just as Aragon himself is associated with Christ. Further, Aragon is Honoring his mother in death, as Catholic Tradition teaches that Christ much more-honored Mary at her death by Assuming her Body and Soul into Heaven. Of course nothing like the Assumption happens to Aragon’s mother, but then Jesus is a much Greater King than Aragon.

 

Movie Script explaining the above Scene at Rivendell
from the "Fellowship of the Ring"
<A hand traces runes on a pale slab of stone, nestled in the deep forests of Rivendell.

"Gilraen," it reads. "Onen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim. I gave Hope to the Dúnedain, I have kept no Hope for myself."

The hand reaches out, pulling a clump of moss from the grove of a letter, wiping leaf-litter and mud from an edge of the stone, pulling free entwining branches gathering over the smooth, stony hands of a statue. Aragorn, kneeling, lifts his head. He gazes into the solemn eyes of the statue, a woman in a cloak and hood. Aragorn touches her face. A voice speaks.>

<<Voice: Anirne hene beriad i chęn în. Ned Imladris nauthant e le beriathar aen. (She wanted to protect her child. She thought that in Rivendell you would be safe.)>>

<Elrond appears, walking towards Aragorn through the trees.>

<<Elrond: In her heart, your mother knew you'd be hunted all your life. That you'd never escape your fate.>>

<<Elrond: The skill of the Elves can Reforge the Sword of Kings, but only you have the Power to wield it.>>

<Aragorn looks up uncertainly.>

<< Aragorn: I do not want that Power. I have never wanted it.>>

<<Elrond: You are the last of that Bloodline. There is no other.>>

 

When Aragorn was only Two (2) years old, his father Arathorn was Slain by Orcs, and to protect her son from his Enemies, Gilraen (his mother) took him to Rivendell and gave him into the care of Elrond, a distant relative. Similarly, at the Age of Two (2) Years Jesus fled to Egypt under the care of Mary and Joseph to escape His Evil Pursuers (Herods).

Aragon is unsure of his "Path" and Struggles to find the Correct "Path". Unlike Aragon, Jesus knew His Terrible "Path" from the Moment of His Conception, through the Beatific Vision of His Soul, and did not Shrink from it as Aragon does. The Blessed Virgin Mary accepted the Will of God for her Son and Willingly Suffered along with Him, constantly at His Side during His Redemption of Mankind. Gilraen too abandons all Hope for herself: "I gave Hope to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself", and gives to Mankind the Hope for Peace that only Aragon can bring.

 

Shards of Narsil

At the end of the Second Age, Elendil's Great Sword Narsil was already an Ancient and Famous Weapon, forged more than Three (3) Millennia earlier by the Telchar of Nogrod. Narsil is a name composed of Two (2) basic stems:Nar 'fire', & √Thil 'White Light'. Narsil thus Symbolized the Chief Heavenly Lights, as Enemies of Darkness, Sun (Anar) and Moon (Isil). "...and the Sword of Elendil filled Orcs and Men with fear, for it shone with the Light of the Sun and of the Moon, and it was named Narsil". (The Silmarillion)

In the War of the Last Alliance, Elendil fell, and his Sword Narsil was Broken, but its remains were brought to the North-kingdom. The Shards were eventually brought to Rivendell, and they became an Heirloom of the House of Isildur, until the time of the War of the Ring. The Shards were Reforged by the Smiths of Rivendell into Aragorn's Sword Andúril (Flame of the West) and its Light was Rekindled. Only One (1) Man could Wield the Power of the Sword Narsil/Andúril, and that was Aragon.

From the Ashes of Fire shall be Woken,
A
Light from the Shadow shall spring,
Renewed shall be Blade that was Broken,
The Crownless again shall be King.

The Shards of Narsil represent the Broken Covenants of the Old Testament which are Renewed, Rewelded, Rekindled in the Souls of Men and brought to Perfection in the New Covenant by the Death of the God-man Jesus Christ, the Light of the World and the Enemy of Darkness.

 


"See Mother, I make all things new."

 

Nota bene:God is the only Source of Light; those destined for Hell will spend Eternity in complete Darkness. The Fires of Hell burn with no Light, only Pain.

 

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