Fellowship of the Ring Essay

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Submitted By stefanp215
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Stefan Palylyk
Mr. McDougal
English II H
12/3/12
Important Themes in Fellowship of the Ring: Religion’s Impact on Imagination Throughout history, religion has hugely impacted such things as art, science, literature, etc. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Fellowship of the Ring, is a person who represents his Catholic beliefs within his writing at numerous times. Since his religious beliefs had a profound impact on his life, Tolkien alludes to many things in the novel. He symbolizes Catholic figures such as Jesus, the apostles, and themes such as the genealogy mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew. Since the Catholic faith is mostly centered around Jesus Christ, Tolkien finds a way to represent Jesus in certain characters in the story. The most notable character that fits the role of the Lord and Savior is Frodo. One of the first aspects of Frodo as the Christ figure is his journey from his home in the Shire throughout middle-earth. Frodo’s mission is to protect the ring from evil and carry it to Mordor and only when he leaves his home is he able to show who he really is. This is much like Jesus’ mission to leave his home village of Nazareth to proclaim the word of God and express the connection between God and people. Frodo also has supernatural power in the form of the ring like Jesus’ power inherited from God. Frodo’s power from the ring is undoubtedly an extreme capability. The power of the ring is described by Gandalf when he says, "A mortal, Frodo, who keeps one of the Great Rings, does not die, but he does not grow or obtain more life, he merely continues, until at last every minute is a weariness. And if he often uses the Ring to make himself invisible, he fades.” “Fellowship of the Ring” (Tolkien, 58). Even as Frodo is a mortal his powers that he attains from the ring allow him to accomplish his mission. He is able to turn invisible and see things others…...

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