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Rivendell and the Good News of Adoption

by Dan Cruver Published Feb 10, 2011

One of my favorite scenes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy (the book not the movie) takes place in the land of Rivendell before Frodo and Sam continue their dangerous journey to the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the ring. Tolkien writes:

Such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety was lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song (The Fellowship of the Ring, 287).

Every time I read those words I’m reminded of what God has given us in Christ. The good news of our adoption through Jesus Christ is of such a quality that the past, present, or imagined future, “good or ill, are not forgotten, but cease to have any power over the present.” We could write pages of application on this. If we are prone to worry about tomorrow, fear people or circumstances, or be paralyzed by regret or plagued by guilt, we need to hear afresh the good news of our adoption. Only the good news of what God has done for us in Christ can free us to be “content with each day as it [comes], taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.”

  • Casey

    Well said. The other obvious LOTR Adoption reference is Bilbo taking in Frodo after the death of his parents. He also makes Frodo his heir, just as Christ has made us His heirs!

    Here’s a great article on it:

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