Frodo: The Sin Bearer (Part II)
Last time we examined how Frodo bore a likeness to Jesus Christ in terms of the burden he bore, his hesitation to do so, and his humble acceptance of the difficult task of saving a world in need. This week, we will be examining the living sacrifice Frodo Baggins acted as for the fictional world of Middle Earth and its likeness to the historical sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
A Thorn In The Side
Frodo as he stood upon Weathertop and faced the Nazguls that hunted him, was injured. He took a piercing, not a slash, to his side. The injury did not kill him, but was nearly the end of his quest to Mordor. What makes this segment so interesting you might ask….well…let’s take a look at the crucifixion of Jesus.
John 19:30-36 King James Version (KJV)
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. 31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: 34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. 36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.
When Jesus hung on the cross, He gave up His spirit before the usual barbaric proceedings of the breaking of the legs. Uncertain if Jesus was truly dead, a Roman Soldier pierced Jesus’ side releasing water and blood.
What is the significance?
Frodo is by no means a Messiah. However, if we take a look at the struggles he was made to endure without fault or crime, there is a semblance to a Christ like figure in Tolkien’s characterization of Frodo Baggins. For just as Jesus Christ was tested even in death, by the unbelieving crowd… Frodo Baggins was met with great resistance from the evil powers and servants of Sauron.
Another connection this fictional character shares with Christ Jesus that could label this noble little Hobbit as a Christ Figure is his journey into the Undying Lands of the West. This departure from Middle Earth bears an almost supernatural or spiritual air about it as those who depart from Middle Earth to such lands do not return, but look to this place like a paradise.
John 14:1-6 King James Version (KJV)
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Two things give me assurance when I look at this passage and to the Lord Jesus Christ, that no fictional hero can give.
- Jesus Christ is the Living Son of God.
- He died and went so He could make a place for you and me!