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"Lord of the Rings": Overcoming Adam in Us

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Christian author J. R. R. Tolkien portrays the classic conflict between good and evil set in a mythical land, Middle Earth. After a great battle in ancient times, the Dark Lord Sauron is temporarily defeated and his most dreaded weapon, the Ring of Power, is lost for many ages.

By seeming happenstance, a Hobbit from the Shire named Frodo Baggins finds this ring in his possession. With the help of a small band of warriors—called The Fellowship of the Ring—Frodo embarks on an epic quest to destroy this powerful tool of the Dark Lord.

One of Frodo's comrades is Aragorn, the only direct heir of the infamous King Isildor. Thousands of years ago, Isildor won a battle against the Dark Lord, but, because of pride, he refused to destroy the Ring of Power. Instead, he kept the ring for himself, which ultimately led to his own destruction. The Dark Lord again sought to conquer the world.

Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) is faced with the decision to live in the shame of his past or to emerge from the shadows to fight for what is right. Yet, he senses the same pride in himself as in his forefather. Fearful of failure, he considers abandoning the mission. His true love, Arwen, comes to his side and helps him make the hard choice to enter the battle.

Arwen asks, "Why do you fear the past? You are Isildor's heir, not Isildor himself. You are not bound by his fate."

Choked with fear, Aragon explains, "The same blood flows in my veins. The same weakness."

"Your time will come. You will face the same evil," Arwen affirms. "And you will defeat it."

In a similar way, the blood of Adam and his sinful nature flows in our veins, but through Christ we are a new creation, able to defeat the power of sin.

Elapsed time: Measured from the beginning of the opening credit, this scene begins at 01:23:00 and ends at 01:24.30.

Content: Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring is rated PG-13 for epic battle scenes and frightening images.

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