Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Major

English

First Advisor

Darlene Pagán, PhD

Abstract

There are many speculations on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a religious allegory or of Gandalf, a wizard and one of the main characters, as the representation of Christ in the novel, however, this thesis will discuss explicitly the parallel between Frodo Baggins, the main character in the trilogy and Christ’s journey in The Bible as the more accurate Christ Figure in the novel. Reading Gandalf as the Christ Figure, or any other character, fails to recognize the implications of Frodo’s journey. Comparing the two characters shows how Frodo is the modern parallel to Christ in literature because of the incredible weight that his journey holds, the faith that others put in him, and the devastation that would directly result if he were to fail in his quest.

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