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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Moria Pt. 3: The Mithril Shirt ~ A Screen Icon

Posted on 2007.02.21 at 10:18

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Eandme
eandme at 2007-02-21 22:04 (UTC) (Link)
Hi Mech! Thoroughly enjoyed your post and the beautiful screencaps. I guess you don't need to be a Christian or an art lover to appreciate that, but since I am both I was intrigued. I have only ever thought of the Mithril shirt as a possible allegory to the "armour of faith" described by St Paul the apostle. Knowing, however, how Tolkien felt about allegory, I will not dwell on it here. I think you also showed very well in your post that you are aware of the intricacies of that matter.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2007-02-21 22:43 (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! "Armour of faith" -- that's a good connection, too, Eandme. But you are right that it's a mistake to make allegorical interpretations. I tried not to do that.

I do think religious images are all over the place in LotR, book and film, but they are there in a subtle way, woven right into the stuff of the story. When they work for a viewer they resonate, but few viewers make an explicit, intellectual connection, as in: "Ah, Galadirel has her arms lifted in the Orans position; that shows Tolkien meant her as a Mary-figure, or a priestess of ancient times, at least." Naaah, that's too analytical. The stuff of interesting message board threads or dissertations. But if the viewer watches her raise her arms, tall and glorious, from within the perceptions of Frodo, the viewer can feel what he felt, which would include a feeling of awe like reverence, without bothering to think about how there might be a Marian connection.
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