Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lord of the Rings: Biblical Parallels

So, for school, I had to find one aspect or object or character or theme in Lord of the Rings that reminded me of something in the Bible. I chose the White Tree of Gondor and the Tree of Life. By the way, this is not an essay, these are notes…

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WHITE TREE OF GONDOR
History: the White Tree of Gondor grew from the seed of a tree called Nimloth, from beyond Middle Earth, the seed being a gift to Elendil, Isildur's father. Nimloth grew from the seed of a tree called Galathilion, from Eressëa. Galathilion was the fruit of Telperion, from the 'Uttermost West', when the world was still young. The White Tree represented the kings of Gondor, so when the line of kings failed, lesser men taking the throne, the tree withered, representing a broken kingdom. (Book two chapter two, book six chapter five, Appendix A I) However, another seed from the line of Nimloth was planted in a barren valley in Middle Earth, before the line of Isildur. This seed didn't start growing until Aragorn was ready to be king, a sign to him that his line would endure, and a sign of a renewed kingdom. (Book six chapter five)

TREE OF LIFE
History: God created the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, all of which God gave to Adam and Eve The Tree of Life gave a special fruit which allowed man to live forever. (Genesis 2:9) God wanted Adam and Eve to care for the tree, and expand the garden, taming it. (Genesis 1:28) But after the Fall, in which Adam and Eve broke God's one rule and ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, God removed Adam and Eve from the garden and the tree, and the tree was presumably destroyed in the flood. (Genesis 3:22-23) In the new heavens, though, the Tree of Life still lives. It's in the city, on either side of an entire river, and it produces a lot of fruit. It's leaves are for healing nations. (Revelation 22:1-2)

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WHITE TREE OF GONDOR
The White Tree was given to Elendil as a seed by an ancient people called the Eldar. (Appendix A I)

TREE OF LIFE
The Tree of Life was created by God, and given to man. (Genesis 1:29)

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WHITE TREE OF GONDOR
The king is represented by the White Tree. Kingsfoil/Athelas is known to be the king's leaf. The king is prophesied to have the hands of a healer. (Book five chapter eight)

TREE OF LIFE
The Tree of Life has leaves for the healing of nations. And the king, Jesus, is the one who brings about the healing of nations. (Revelation 22:2)

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WHITE TREE OF GONDOR
Even though the line of kings failed, and the White Tree died, there was still a plan. A seed was planted long before Aragorn's line existed, waiting for the moment when Aragorn was ready to become king before growing: a new tree, representing a new line. (Book six chapter five)

TREE OF LIFE
Even though Adam and Eve lost the Tree of Life, and it was destroyed, God still had a plan. A fully grown and cultivated tree is in the new heavens, in God's city. (Revelation 22:2)

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WHITE TREE OF GONDOR
At the fall of the first line of kings, the White Tree died. (Book two chapter two) At the rise of a new line of kings, a new tree was grown. (Book six chapter five)

TREE OF LIFE
When the first king, Adam, fell, the Tree of Life was lost to us. (Genesis 3: 22-23) When the new king, Jesus, makes the new heavens and new earth, the Tree of Life will be given to us again. (Revelation 22:2)

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