A Man Fell In A Hole

Lewis & Tolkien


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October 13, 2013 · 6:40 am

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  1. Lewis and Tolkien

    Christopher Tolkien

    “Faith and Fantasy: Tolkien the Catholic, The Lord of the Rings, and Peter Jackson’s Film Trilogy” by Steven D. Greydanus

    There’s a reason Gandalf finds it encouraging that the mysterious ways of fate brought the Ring into the possession of a hobbit rather than a warrior or wizard or elf, and why, of the mixed fellowship that departs Rivendell for Mordor, Frodo and no other is the Ring-bearer. Frodo’s very lack of power, either physical or mystical, is itself seen as a sign of hope. The powerless can be less likely to trust to themselves, less likely to fall prey to hubris and presumption, more available as instruments of grace or divine action. Tolkien’s unlikely heroes reflect the paradoxes of St. Paul: “When I am weak, then am I strong” and “God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.”