Aragorn: Temptation & Salvation (Part II)
“I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.”
~Aragorn Elessar, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring~
Inside Tolkien’s ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ towards the very end Aragorn is tempted by the One Ring as Frodo tests the ranger to see if he could resist the allure of ultimate power. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, was placed in a similar situation. It is for this reason that perhaps Aragorn can be recognized as a Christ Figure within Tolkien’s works.
Jesus Christ in the early days of His ministry was alone in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights. During this time, He was tempted by the Devil who promised Him all the power of the world if Jesus would only bow down and worship him!
Matthew 4:1-11 King James Version (KJV)
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The 2nd Coming Of Christ & The Return Of The King
Tolkien’s “The Return of the King” carries some fascinating symbology when it comes to Aragorn’s removing himself from exile to place himself upon the throne of Gondor.The manner of this return also has some rather peculiar details that bear a resemblance to some of the things to come before Christ’s return.
In “The Return of the King” Aragorn Elessar uses an army of undead in order to thwart the evil of Sauron as it seeks to lay waste upon the city of Minas Tirith.
If this dead army had not joined in the battle for Middle Earth….odds are Sauron’s evil may have wiped out the kingdom of Gondor, the race of men, then eventually Middle Earth itself in its entirety.
Likewise, without Jesus Christ’s conquering of the grave… we, my brothers and sisters…would be condemned to an eternity of torment and damnation.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 New International Version (NIV)
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 New International Version (NIV)
Believers Who Have Died
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Revelation 21:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a]or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
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