THREE RINGS FOR THE ELVEN KINGS UNDER THE SKY, SEVEN FOR THE DWARF LORDS IN THEIR HALLS OF STONE, NINE FOR MORTAL MEN DOOMED TO DIE, ONE FOR THE DARK LORD ON HIS DARK THRONE..................... A DEVOUT and believing Christian, is how one author described J R R Tolkien, the writer of The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Tolkien was a Roman Catholic believer all of his life. As a young boy he was impressed by the compassion of the Catholic Priest who helped his mother to find accomodation for herself and her two boys when Tolkiens father died suddenly overseas, leaving the family in poverty. The Priest, Father Francis Morgan, also regularly gave money to the family. Only a few years later Tolkiens mother also died from diabetes and Father Francis took over the guardianship of Tolkien and his brother Hilary.
You would have to search long and hard to find someone, these days, who has not heard of the book or the films. What seems not to be widely known is that The Lord Of The Rings is full of Christian symbolism and reveals Tolkien as a very spiritual man. The underlying Christian message in C S Lewis' writing is fairly obvious, but you have to dig a bit deeper to discover it in Tolkiens work.
ONE RING TO RULE THEM, ONE RING TO FIND THEM, ONE RING TO BRING THEM ALL AND IN THE DARKNESS BIND THEM, IN THE LAND OF MORDOR WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE.
Thus the purpose of the ring that is the central object of the book is revealed. The ring is a symbol of the sinful heart that every person without God has. The power of the ring comes from its connection with the dark lord Sauran. The New Testament says that every person without Jesus is in the 'snare of the devil having been taken captive by him' and they are under the 'power of darkness'. (2Tim 2v26)(1 John 5v19).
The ring deceives and destroys and its dark work is shown in the life of Gollum who was formerly a Hobbit known as Smeagle. His friend finds the ring in a river while the two are fishing one day. Smeagle kills his friend to get ownership of the ring ( which reminds me of Cain and Able ) and becomes 'a wretched creature' who shuns the light and is full of treachery and evil deeds. He is totally obsessed with the ring, calling it his 'precious', but is blind to the fact that it is destroying him.
Gollum lives in the black-orc mines deep under the Misty Mountains. Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, gets lost in the mines and comes across the ring by accident after Gollum has dropped it. So the ring leaves the possession of Gollum and the adventure begins.