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God vs. LotR
• Posted by: ElfTech   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, October 24, 2003, at 3:05 p.m.
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• In Response to: Praise the LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, not t... (Steve)

Steve, I have a question for you. Have you READ any of TOLKIEN'S writings? I would suggest starting with The Silmarillion, and then progressing to The Hobbit, and then finally the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

I think that Peter Jackson had an INCREDIBLY tough job - he had to decide what to leave out. I wish he could have filmed EVERY part of Lord of the Rings. However, we would be left with about 10 or 12 hours of film for all three movies. As much as I love[/u] LotR, that's a bit much for me. I will agree that most of the Biblical parallels that Tolkien adds are lost in the interpretation to film. And you know, some things just don't translate well from book to big screen.

I would suggest that if you are wanting to get the full effect of what JRR Tolkien, the author of LotR, was getting at, rather than Peter Jackson's interpretation, you should consider reading not only the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but also the Silmarillion. The Sil tells the story of the creation of Middle Earth, and it does help one understand the world that LOTR is set in, just as the Bible helps us understand the world that we are set in.

I don't necessarily agree with Jackson's interpretation of the book, but I think that he does leave in a lot of the major Biblical parallels - Frodo's struggle with the burden of the ring is the major one. Jesus didn't exactly have the easiest time with his ministry here on Earth either. I'm not saying what Frodo is doing is MINISTRY, but you know what I mean.

I appreciate the debate. I enjoyed reading everyone's comments, and think that some of them are very well thought out. *applause*
God bless,
ps. for those wondering, I am a Christian. Perhaps not a particularly evangelical Christian, but a Christian nonetheless.

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