In the The Lord of the Rings, by J. Tolken, there are many things that make the story symbolic of a Christian influence. The constant emphasis of good vs. evil brings forth reason to suspect that this novel has a Christian basis.

In this paper I will prove and backup my personal opinion through sighting specific examples of the influences from the book. Iluvatar is similar to a Christian god and the Valar are something in the middle of Christian angels and the gods of pagan myth. The highest of the Valar was Morgoth, who led a satanic rebellion; Sauron was the lieutenant of Morgoth. The Lord of the Rings is only one chapter of that mythology; it continues the fight of good (Iluvatar) vs. evil (Morgoth). One of the people in the book that particularly stood out was Tom Bombadil.

Tom says one of his purposes is to 'teach the right road, and keep your feet from wandering.' In the bible it says, '... your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, this is the way; walk in it.' (Is. 30: 21). As the hobbits begin their journey, they fall into trouble with Old Man Willow and are rescued by Tom Bombadil, who possesses power over Nature. They don't really understand who he is, all he will say is, "Eldest is what I am." In Christian Philosophy the eldest are the wisest and best at making it seems that Tom represents that elders t wise man. Tom acts almost like an angel it seems, he will only help when worst comes too worst to intervene in outside affairs.

This is what Tom Bombadil does in rescuing the hobbits from Old Man Willow. Another one of the big things is the black rider who is the servants of the enemy. Though all Free People oppose Sauron, the elves have been his greatest enemy, which is why the Black Rider immediately leaves when he hears the elves' voices. Elves are immortal (unless slain) In one of the scenes the Riders chase down Fro do at the Ford. As they wade their horses into the river, they are swept away in an enormous, magical flood.

In the bible the story of Joshua, the waters of the river are 'stacked up' in a similar manner, allowing God's people to cross into the promised land before the river resumes flood stage. And remember the deal with Moses and the Red Sea? When Frodo has recovered from his wound Elrond calls together a council at Rivendell to determine what to do next. Not surprisingly, the advice of Elrond is exactly the same as the themes found in Book I. 'Believe rather that it is so ordered that we, who sit here, and none others, must now find counsel for the peril of the world,' he says. Aragorn agrees. 'It has been ordained,' he says, that Frodo should bear the Ring.

The book offers little insight into the gods that rule at the time; but the belief in greater powers is reflected in the bible. Ephesians 2: 10, for instance, says, 'We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.' Gandalf tells Frodo that 'Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case, you also were meant to have it.' This matches well Proverbs 19: 21: 'Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.' The old hobbit himself even volunteers to carry the Ring, seeing as he was the one who seemed to start the whole mess. Elrond overrules, designating Frodo as the Ring bearer.

'This task is appointed for you, Frodo,' Elrond says. It relays the same message stated, that Frodo is to bear the ring and that is has already been "ordained" Because god has prepared in advance what happens. He already has laid out every word and every action from here to Armageddon. The Fellowship must pass through Lorie n in blindfolds. 'In nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him,' says Hal dir. This seems like a direct relationship to John 2: 10-11.

'Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.' The book the Lord of the Rings, by J. R. Tolken clearly has influences to Christianity. If not directly stated it shows many metaphors for passages in the bible. It has good vs.

evil and shows what happens when good goes against evil. Here I have clearly show just a few of the many examples throughout the entire novel.