Wednesday, August 30, 2006


In the quest to destroy the Ring of Power Aragorn was a key figure. While Peter Jackson's version portrayed Aragorn as a reluctant hero, J.R.R. Tolkien's original vision was quite different. Tolkien created Aragorn to be an expectant hero. Rather than being in Rivendell to hide Aragorn was there to prepare for the day he would be King. He was looking for the right opportunity to reveal himself, unite the men of Middle Earth, and challenge the Dark Lord Sauron.

Why do I connect with Aragorn? It is because he always knew his identity and he lived his life from that truth. Even when he was just Strider a ranger from the north he prepared for the day when he could finally be known as the King.

One of the reasons we fail to be the heroes we were created to be is because we have forgotten the glory God has created us with. Rather than living from God's truth about how we are we live from the lie the world has given us about our identity.

What would happen and what would our lives be like if we truly believed the truth of our glorious identity? Our very presence would begin to change the world.

So exactly who are we? The Bible gives us a brief glimpse of every Christ Followers' true identity:
1. We are God's Children: For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's children (Romans 8:16; NLT).

2. We are New Creations: What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun (2 Corinthians 5:17; NLT).

3. We are God's Chosen People: But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9; NLT).
We are God's people and when we live by this reality we become heroes. The world is in desperate need of heroes who will confront the Kingdom of Darkness and rescue people from judgment and God has chosen us to be those heroes. The Apostle Paul reminds us: No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us (Romans 8:37; NLT). It is time for us to bring God's victory to the world.


Keri said...

That's refreshing to hear after a day like mine...but I have a question. How can we feel like heros when we are constantly being bombarded with injustice? My job is somewhat stressfull, and I tend to be the one blamed when something (even if I had no part in it) goes wrong. In my situation, I need a hero before I can be one.

Paul said...

I think you bring up an excellent point. A couple of thoughts to consider. In many stories the hero has to seek or receive guidance and help from someone older, wiser, more powerful: Aslan, Gandalf, Yoda. Sometimes we need to seek out help of someone who is able give us counsel, encouragement, or just a shoulder to cry on.

The second thought is that heroes are usually have companions by their side. Even the loner Batman has Aflred. In THE LORD OF THE RINGS there is a fellowship and the friendship between the hobbits, especially Frodo and Sam. I think one of the things we need in our lives, if we are going to be the heroes I describe, are authentic friendships. People we can turn to no matter what and we know that they have our backs. They are rare, but are worth more than gold once we have them.

But a whole post probably should be devoted to this question.

Katherine said...

Being an Inklings fan, I have wondered what promted PJ and his gang to take this view. I have wondered if it si not from our postmodern world that believes in the need to question and to be unsure.

How can one believe in his destiny absolutly if we can know nothing for sure?

Paul said...

I think it comes down to the fact that Tolkien and Jackson operate from two different worldviews. It is the reason Jackson did what he did with Farimir rather than being true to Tolkien's vision.

Regardless Tolkien's influence still managed to come through allowing us to "see" Middle-earth and the many lessons we can learn there.

Katherine said...

Which is the beauty of seeing God's truth. Satan may try to cover it up, but it always comes through. I think V for Vendetta is another perfect example. You can read my article on my blog under "film."

Paul said...


I think it has something to do with story. As Tolkien wrote (and this is a paraphrase) Some truth can only be comunicated in story form. As long as Jackson and his companions based their vision on Tolkien's writing the truth of what he wrote shined through.

Katherine said...

True, and CS Lewis talks about the same thing in his essay "On Fairy Tales."

Paul said...


I am glad that we agree on this subject. I was wondering if you knew of any other fantasy stories that you believe would be worth a person's time to read.

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