Monday, May 23, 2011

Frodo's wound

The editor of a new book, The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and The Lord of the Rings, Dr. Paul E. Kerry, is asked about his favorite moment in LOTR:
In Book I, in the chapter "A Knife in the Dark", Frodo is seriously wounded by one of the Black Riders. After his time in the House of Elrond his grievous injury seems to be healed. Yet, much later, after (the) defeat of Sauron and when Frodo appears to be settled into some kind of domestic tranquility, he tells Sam, twice, that he is "wounded" and that this is the kind of wound that would never heal. Soon thereafter, of course, he leaves for the Grey Havens, stating a truth that Tolkien would have known all too well after experiencing the two World Wars.

Those who sacrifice to save us and preserve our lives and ways of life, whether they be soldiers, sailors, submariners, or airmen, or those our parents, teachers, religious leaders, and so forth, often cannot fully enjoy that which they (give) so much to preserve. It may come as a surprise to those readers, perhaps readers whose experience in life thus far has taught them that everything is recoverable, all can be made anew, that we can spring back in perfect health from any setback, that there are wounds from which we on our own cannot fully recover.
Tolkien's Faith | An Interview with Paul E. Kerry, editor of "The Ring and the Cross: Christianity and The Lord of the Rings" | by Sean McGuire | Ignatius Insight | May 23, 2011