J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - Frodo Baggins as a Christ-Figure

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J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - Frodo Baggins as a Christ-Figure

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings has delighted readers since its publication owing to its author's skillful development of his fantastic realm and its inhabitants adventures therein. In fact, Tolkien is rightly regarded as the father of the modern fantasy genre, and it often seems all fantasy imitates his work in some way. However, as readers return to the work, it often becomes apparent that the work is more than a simple escapist journey into an imaginary world; the work represents the finest traditions in literature and rich grounding in Tolkien's study of language and mythology. Equally surprising, though, Tolkien himself admits that the
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The similarities grow overt later when turning 33, Jesus' age on the Cross, Frodo sets out upon a journey which tests the limits of his endurance and the outcome of which spells the equivalent of saving the world. The last leg of that journey emphasizes the hardships of the protagonist and his young servant, Sam, as they struggle with practically no provisions across a barren wasteland carrying a small golden ring, the magical power of which bears so heavily upon Frodo's mind as to drive him to near insanity. "The last stage of their journey to Orodruin came, and it was a torment greater than Sam had ever thought he could bear."[4] Voluntarily accepting so great a task, certainly Frodo suffers on behalf of a people (all good peoples, in fact) with no hope of gratitude or even of surviving the venture. In fact, as Frodo and Sam stagger to their journey's end totally convinced that the completion of their task will signal the end of their lives, they parallel Jesus who understood that the completion of his ministry would end on the cross to the jeers of the very people to whom he gave everything. In acting for the corporate good, Frodo even suffers death and new life, in symbolic terms at least. After being attacked in the end of the second installment, Frodo is left for dead by Sam who fails to find a pulse or any other physical signs of life. Only later does Sam learn that the illusion of death is merely a symptom of the venomous attack of their foe.
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