A Christ Figure in Culture

Posted: 2012 05 09 by Paul S in Biblical manhood, Discipleship, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity, Movie, Review

Over the last several weeks, I have watched “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

As I watched the final few scenes, I was reminded that Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings with many Christian symbols. While not like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, Middle Earth has many clear references to Christianity in it. It’s easy to identify Sauron as an image for Satan, and Aragon as being a Christ figure, but there are others worth looking at. I’m going to focus on one.

Samwise Gamgee. In the movie, as Frodo falls, just feet from the entrance to Mount Doom, Sam picks Frodo up and carries him. I cannot remember if the quote is the same in the book as it is in the movie, but Sam tells Frodo, “I can’t carry it for you, but I can carry you.” I think this is an echo of Christ in our lives. While Christ can take all burden from us, we are meant to bear some burden for Him. He allows us these burdens, even when they seem paralyzing, but He also lifts us up so we can carry them. If the burden is too much, He will lift it from us, but if we can bear it, He will lift us up. Just a thought from a great movie.

Until the Whole World Knows,


  1. The Jesus Geek says:

    Wonderful point. I observe Gandalf and Frodo as Christlike figures as well As prophet who guides and instructs and priest as one who makes the sacrifice noone else can make. Awesome post. Thank you.

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