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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

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Posted on 2007.02.21 at 10:18


mechtild at 2007-02-21 22:35 (UTC) (Link)
I think all the protagonists of LotR have "Christ-like" elements to their characters and stories, not just Frodo. But he does come in for a lot as "suffering servant of the Quest".

Actually, Belegcuthalion, if I had to assign Frodo a role in a religious pageant, I would cast him as "Pilgrim" rather than as Jesus. I see in him the person who shows the way for me, who goes ahead of me on the road to meet sorrow and joy, but I don't see him as my saviour.

I am sure Tolkien would not have liked Frodo talked up as a "Christ figure", and he isn't, except in isolated moments. I think of that "It is done" parallel, too. I can't help it. I've listened to too many Easter Oratorios, watched too many bible movies and heard too many Passion Sunday lesson read.

I was always terribly thankful that the german translators of the movie scene chose to use the literal translation, making Frodo say: Es ist getan. The similarities in this scene are strong enough without pushing them to the limits.

I agree. No sense beating viewers over the head with it. That would make it like allegory, and you know how he hated that. If the symbolic references are subtle, though, they can be appreciated in terms of applicability, which he approved of.
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