Famous Stories – The Lord of the Rings

Yellow Day, releasing December 2015, is a revolutionary film designed to continue the legacy of innovative, beautiful, and thoughtful art within the community of faith.

One common theme among the art coming out of the Christian faith the past few years is the influence of J.R.R Tolkien. Find any thoughtful person of faith working in the arts industry and they will tell you one of their biggest influences is Tolkien. So it is no surprise that his name has popped up again in our own blog. Tolkien did something more engaging and more challenging than any other Christian of his time. Instead of writing a Christian allegory, like the Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings; a beautiful, mythical, all encompassing story where the gospel was woven so deeply that it comes out in every character.

Elements of Jesus, of sin, and countless other theological principles exist in the world and characters of the story.

In Aragorn, we have the returning king.

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In Gandalf, we have the resurrection.

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In Sam, we have the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

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In Frodo, we have the suffering servant.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, Elijah Wood, 2003, (c) New Line/courtesy Everett Collection

In Sauron, we have the devil.

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In the ring, we have sin.

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In Gollum, we see the slow physical and mental corruption that comes from holding onto sin.

Gollum voiced by ANDY SERKIS in New Line Cinema’s and MGM's fantasy adventure “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Tolkien knew what it meant to tell a good story, and he weaved together a story that was worthy of his creator, the creator of all things.

Come see Yellow Day, in theaters Christmas 2015!

Kyle Bedwell

Kyle Bedwell is a former teacher turned screenwriter and director. He loves his wife, Liverpool FC, and the journey his Creator has placed him on.

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