On Friday, the family went to see the latest adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, The Hobbit. If you have not done so, do yourself and your family a favor and get to the nearest theater that is playing The Hobbit. It is incredible to be sure!
Watching The Hobbit, I was reminded once again how deep Tolkien’s Christian worldview had seeped into his writings. To examine ‘The Gospel according to Tolkien’ there is a vast amount of material. For the purposes of this particular blog post allow me to highlight just one example. This is found in both The Hobbit as well as the epic trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
In the Hobbit, Galadriel remarks to Gandalf the Grey, in reference to Bilbo Baggins, that the smallest of creatures can change the course of history. In the Lord of the Rings, she repeats that sentiment to Frodo Baggins. She says, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” Is there a line of dialogue that is more ‘Christmasy’ than that? In St. Luke’s Gospel it is written, “For there is born to you this day in the City of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” How amazing is the Incarnation? The God who is infinite became the most finite of all creatures–a baby! That baby certainly changed the course of our future…forever! The clip of Galadriel and Frodo’s exchange is here for you to watch. The quote is towards the end. Enjoy.