I was getting my nerd on and watching Lord of the Rings a couple nights ago… In The Two Towers one of my favorite conversations in LOTR takes place between Sam and Frodo. I know this is not how it goes down exactly in the book, but you purists will have to bear with me. In the conversation below there is a pretty powerful gospel punch. There are real implications here that speak to the incarnation of Jesus, the mission of the church, and the eschaton.
“Sam: It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it’ll shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think Mr. Frodo, I do understand, I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.