Aragorn: King & Tempted Savior? (Part 1)
I have a bit of a confession to make, of all The Lord of the Rings characters, there are two that truly have my heart. One of them, is Strider, namely Aragorn Elessar. This exile ranger is more than a handsome face. Within the characterization of Aragorn, like Gandalf, there are seen certain attributes of a Christ Figure.
Strider, Aragorn, Who Is He?
Aragorn Elessar is introduced as an almost shady type in The Lord Of The Rings who is heavily cloaked. Sitting alone he gives off a bit of an unfriendly or discomforting air as he watches Frodo and his halfling friends with more than a passing interest upon their arrival at the Prancing Pony Inn in Bree. What is even more intriguing is this exiled ranger’s past.
In the film and books alike, Aragorn is portrayed as a member of the Dúnedain, a powerful and dying bloodline of mortal men who had been granted long life. Even more curious, this ranger was to be the next heir to the throne of Gondor. Knowing his ancestor’s love for The One Ring, Aragorn chose a life of exile…perhaps fearing following in the footsteps of his predecessors. Yet in his role of friend as well as ally in the Fellowship…he comes to have to embrace the same title and lineage from which he seems to be fleeing from.
Jesus: Son of Man, Lamb Of God, & Savior Of The World
One and only Son of God and Savior of this world…these are perhaps the titles or terms in which are most familiar in association with Jesus Christ. Among these titles though are others of equal significance.
- Son of Man
- Lamb Of God
What makes these titles so significant?
Matthew 20:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Matthew 18:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Mark 8:38 King James Version (KJV)
38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
John 1:1-36 King James Version (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ. 21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. 24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? 26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing. 29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Jesus while He was divinely conceived, was born of men and lived among us. He was born of a sinful creation, yet Jesus Christ also was and is of God. To TRULY be a proper sacrifice for the world’s sin, Jesus needed to be one of us. He had to be human, a sinless one. Thus making him the perfect sacrifice…or lamb…to give Himself up on the cross for us so that we might be free from sin, death, and damnation.
The Weight Of The World
The one thing these two share…the fate of the world…depended on them. Aragorn had a land divided that would never be united unless he took up the crown and brought about the age of peace. In Tolkien’s fictional writing of the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn was the glue that would bring Middle Earth’s kingdoms together and bring about a time of true peace and prosperity. Without him though, the race of men might not have rallied together against the dark powers of Sauron.
Aragorn is a potential Christ type for this reason, for like our REAL Lord and Savior, this character bore the weight of the world upon his shoulders.
The Round Table: Priest, Prophet, King, and The Lord Of The Rings
Gospel According To Tolkien: Christian/Biblical Aspects of The Lord Of The Rings
Tolkien Gateway: Aragorn Elessar
Jesus Christ Son Of Man: 16 Bible Verses About Jesus As The Son Of Man
Jesus Christ Lamb Of God: 6 Bible Verses About Jesus As The Lamb Of God