Galadriel is the High Queen of the Elves and founder of Lothlórien. She is older than the sun and moon, for she was one of the first to awaken at time’s beginning. She is the keeper of one of the Even-rings, Nenya, which enables her to see into the minds of all who enter her domain.Continue reading “Lessons from Galadriel”
This hobbit defies all odds to take the Ring into the mountains, cast it into the flames of Mount Doom, and forever destroy it. Frodo begins as an innocent and by the end has become wise… at a terrible price. He suffers more than any of his companions, for he carries the burden of Middle-earth. Of all his many virtues, what most stands out is his determination and soft heart.Continue reading “Lessons from Frodo”
A controversial character because of the discrepancies between the Faramir of the book and the film, the younger son of the Steward of Gondor plays a central role in the last struggle against the forces of evil in Middle-earth. Faramir is the younger and under-appreciated brother of Boromir, a noble warrior. Unlike his brother, Faramir fights not for glory but acceptance in the hope of earning the praise of their father.Continue reading “Lessons from Faramir”
Éowyn is a courageous warrior, and one of the key figures in the battle of Minas Tirith. Her triumph lies in slaying the king of the Nazgûl and his fell beast. Despite harboring an unrequited love for Aragorn, she finds happiness with another man, Faramir of Gondor. She has a relentless determination for glory and hopes to end her life in battle. Éowyn is a woman equal to the title “daughter of kings.”Continue reading “Lessons from Éowyn”
Despite his lack of screen time, Éomer has a weighty presence. He feels proud to come from the kingdom of Rohan and challenges Wormtongue’s authority. He trusts Gandalf with his life in returning to Rohan after his banishment and protects his sister’s honor. Because of his cousin’s death, Éomer will inherit Rohan after his uncle’s passing. He will make a fine king, just and wise.Continue reading “Lessons from Éomer”
There’s no greater impediment in the relationship between Aragorn and Arwen than Elrond, Lord of Imladris and one of the finest warriors in Middle-earth. His severity in attempting to drive them apart paints a bleak picture in the minds of those who cannot acknowledge his greater virtues and accept him as a father attempting to protect his daughter.
Elrond plays a pivotal role in The Lord of the Rings. His forces were among those who forced the dark lord into Mordor. He’s saves Frodo’s life after the hobbit’s near-fatal encounter at Weathertop. He heads the Counsel that appoints the Fellowship to destroy the Ring. His forces help define the War of the Rings in the fight against Sauron.Continue reading “Lessons from Elrond”
Our first glimpse of this nobleman from Gondor is far from pleasant. He appears briefly in The Two Towers to compliment one son on his recovery of Osgiliath and berate the other for its loss. Denethor is the acting Steward of Gondor. His family undertook its protection after the apparent death of the line of true kings. Denethor’s cruel treatment of Faramir, and his high praise of his elder, favored son Boromir, is a foreshadowing of the events in the final dramatic conclusion. Only when it is too late does he discover the true nature of his heart.Continue reading “Lessons from Denethor”
Boromir is a mortal from the kingdom of Gondor. He is the eldest son of Denethor, the Steward entrusted to keep the realm safe until the rightful king returns (Aragorn). Because of this, a natural rivalry exists between them within the Fellowship. Other than a sweet and compassionate nature, Boromir is best known for his inability to resist temptation. He gives in to the Ring’s lure and tries to take it from Frodo, resulting in his eventual death. He redeems himself on the battlefield in a valiant attempt to rescue Merry and Pippin. Boromir may represent the good and evils of our own human nature.Continue reading “Lessons from Boromir”
One of the most controversial characters in the film adaptation, Arwen’s tale comes from Tolkien’s epilogue. Peter Jackson fleshed out her role in the trilogy to create more depth for her character. The audience needed a reason to support her relationship with Aragorn. Through her, we witness the undying quality of sacrificial love to remind us of Christ’s love for us. She is a complex character whose attachment to Aragorn is so strong, she would forsake her father’s wishes and her immortality to remain in Middle-earth in the hope he will return triumphant from battle.Continue reading “Lessons from Arwen”
Our introduction to Aragorn is a dark figure hunched in the shadows of Bree Inn. The story ends with him triumphant, wearing a king’s crown and holding the re-forged sword of his ancestors. He is Aragorn, the king of Gondor and heir to the throne of Isildur. A courageous mortal who risks everything to become a member of the Fellowship and learns through trial and error that he must take his place among the nobility of Middle-earth if they are to survive.
Aragorn is a central figure in The Lord of the Rings. He is a mortal. A warrior. The king. A servant. And one of the three primary Christ-figures of Middle-earth. His actions change the fate of the world. Above all, he reminds us of hope.