Saturday, April 11

Tolkien and the Easter Victory

At the end of The Return of the King, following the defeat of all the powers of evil, J.R.R. Tolkien records this remarkable scene:

The shadow departed, and the Sun was unveiled, and light leaped forth; and the waters of the Anduin shown like silver, and in all the houses of the City men sang for the joy that welled up in their hearts from what source they could not tell. And before the Sun had fallen far from the noon out of the East there came a great Eagle flying, and he bore tidings beyond hope from the Lords of the West, crying:

"Sing now, ye people of the Tower of Anor, 
for the Realm of Sauron is ended for ever,
 and the Dark Tower is thrown down."

"Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard, 
for your watch hath not been in vain,
 and the Black Gate is broken,
 and your King hath passed through,
 and he is victorious."

"Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West, 
for your King shall come again,
 and he shall dwell among you
all the days of your life."

"And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed, 
and he shall plant it in the high places, 
and the City shall be blessed.
 Sing all ye people!"

And all the people sang in all the ways of the City. The days that followed were golden.


Of course, Tolkien steadfastly refused to admit that his epic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, was an allegory of the Gospel. But he did admit that it was "at least akin to the Gospel." Thus, may Gondor's Victory Song be at least akin to our own victory song this Easter.

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Sing all ye people, for your King shall come again--and He shall make all things new! All that once was withered shall be renewed! Sing all ye people!

1 comment:

SEChapman said...

This was placed well in your sermon on Sunday...