Sunday, August 08, 2010

Tolkien Must have Read Revelations

The thought crossed my mind as we read Revelations 1:12-18 at Solid Rock this morning.
"I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands, and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man,"dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades."
At least I can't help thinking so in Peter Jackson's cinematic interpretation of this scene:


Scott said...

CS Lewis and Tolkien were good friends growing up. And while CS Lewis is a known Christian Tolkien isn't 100% known -- he was raised Roman Catholic and had differing opinions of Christianity (in some letters he had wrote) -- but there is no doubt that he was familiar with the Bible. I can't find it online, but I believe I read somewhere that Madeleine L'Engle (Wrinkle in Time) also "hung out" with Lewis and Tolkien..

DK said...

Right, I'm familiar with the Inklings group and that both were close. I was actually under the impression that Tolkien was influential in C.S. Lewis' conversion to Christianity.

There is a ton of allusions to the Biblical narrative in Lord of the Rings, but this particular scene had never struck me as such until this morning.