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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


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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