Frodo and Grace

Author: Baillie from Bree

Nominator: Antane

2010 Award Category: Genres: Non-Fiction: Character Essays

Story Type: Non-Fiction  ✧  Length: N/A

Rating: General  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Did Frodo fail in his quest to destroy the One Ring?

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Reviewed by: Dreamflower  ✧  Score: 5

This is a beautiful and moving essay on the meaning of Grace and Mercy in LotR as it applies to Frodo's claiming of the Ring at Mount Doom. Told from a strictly Christian POV, and with several quotations from Scripture, the author shows that there is no way Frodo *could* resist the Ring, there in its place of its making and its greatest strength. This is, of course, borne out by things JRRT said in his Letters, and I think this essay is an excellent examplae of how LotR can be applicable to the Christian life without in any way being an allegory. I was very moved by this essay!

Reviewed by: Elanor  ✧  Score: 5

The Lord of the Rings is occasionally assailed, usually by non-readers, as a godless work, despite the fact that its Author was a devout Catholic Christian. This essay, written from a profoundly Christian viewpoint, serves as a strong, insightful counterpoint to those denunciations. Linear, logical and passionate, it seeks to explain, in the most Christian of terms, the nature of evil and the grace inherent in Tolkien's eucatastrophe and Frodo's experience of the Ring. I think it succeeds with remarkable clarity, wisdom and strength of purpose.

Reviewed by: Larner  ✧  Score: 3

A most thoughtful essay on how it was that Frodo lost--and won--at the brink of the Fire, told from a strictly Christian point of view. Interesting, with a good review of Scripture as well as reference to ROTK.

Reviewed by: Antane  ✧  Score: 2

This is such a wonderful, inspiring, moving essay about Frodo's cooperation with grace during the Quest and its action in his life at the Fire.