Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

Today is of great importance in Middle-earth.  It is the anniversary of the second downfall of Sauron and also the first day of the Gondorian new year.  It is also a big day in real life because it is Good Friday, the anniversary of Christ's death on the cross.

I was thinking a lot about both these things, and it kind of struck me: they are not that unrelated.

In Middle-earth, the people celebrate the triumph over evil.  They celebrate their innocent hero who went into the worst possible place in order to save them all by destroying evil.  But isn't that what we, here in Regular-earth are celebrating too?

Both Frodo and Jesus were completely innocent.  Frodo "d[id] not know the way" to Mordor--that is, he did not know the terrible things there and was not acquainted with such evil.  It was not even his fault that he had the Ring, in the first place.  But he willingly took up the evil and bore it upon himself.  Similarly, Jesus was completely sinless and innocent.  Nevertheless, he took up willingly the burden of the world's sins.

Frodo marches into the darkness of complete despair in the Black Land, Mordor.  Jesus is cruelly tortured and put to death publicly.

Frodo throws the Ring into the fire and destroys Sauron's power of Middle-earth.  Jesus breaks the bonds of death and resurrects with complete victory over the devil.

Today is the day that Frodo and Jesus are walking through Mordor.  It is a terrible day, walking through "a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust [Where] [t]he very air you breathe is a poisonous fume."

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