For the past week or so, I’ve been making observations about community. The benefits of commonalities, and those of diversity.
It occurred to me that the movie that epitomizes this concept is obvious…
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
I could make the mistake of assuming you’ve seen this movie since it was so popular a few years ago (wow, 2001, nearly a decade already!). But then again, fantasy epics that are hours long don’t really appeal to everyone.
Allow me to suggest, this one might just be for everyone.
Nine creatures from vastly different worlds answer the call to go on a quest to battle evil. Their personalities clash, their backgrounds differ like night and day, and their habits grate on every nerve. But they have a common goal, one that hinges on life and death. As the journey continues, as they face hardships and dangers and successes together, as they discover each other’s strengths and abilities, they grow closer and closer, stronger and stronger against the wicked force they resist.
Need I dissect the comparisons to our walk of faith?
I believe, like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings narratives are an allegory to the Christian walk. While it is complex and involved and sometimes difficult to interpret, it paints a perfect picture of Christian brotherhood from which we all can garner valuable lessons.
So, sometime in the next few months, when it’s cold outside and perhaps you’re snowed in, I encourage you to take the time to watch this fabulously filmed version of one of literature’s most amazing works, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Happy Monday, Dry Ground friends. Are you listening to Christmas music yet? J