Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Realm of Sauron is Ended Forever

It was on the 25th of March, Tolkien tells us, that the One Ring, that evil machination of Sauron and distillation of his fell power, was destroyed, delivering Middle Earth from the spectre of unending, unbreakable demonic thrall: "'The realm of Sauron is ended!'"

Quite evident is the allusion that J.R.R. wished to impart.

Let us therefore call to mind the exultant song of the Eagle bearing this imagined foreshadowing of Good News to Minas Tirith (The Lord of the Rings, Book VI, Chapter V):

And before the Sun had fallen far from the noon out of the East there came a great Eagle flying, and he bore tidings beyond hope from the Lords of the West, crying:

Sing now, ye people of the Tower of Anor,
for the realm of Sauron is ended for ever,
and the Dark Tower is thrown down.

Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard,
for your watch hath not been in vain,
and the Black Gate is broken,
and your King hath passed through,
and he is victorious.

Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West,
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you
all the days of your life.

And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed,
and he shall plant it in the high places,
and the City shall be blessed.

Sing all ye people!

And the people sang in all the ways of the City.

Is not the mastercraftsmanship of Tolkien evident in this passage, which to a Catholic Christian is so redolent of our holy religion?  Is not every word evidently pregnant with Christian and Catholic truth?  Our Champion, Christ, taking upon Himself our human nature, was seen on earth and appeared among men, and by the whole economy of His Incarnation, smashed the gates and broken the bars of hell, crushing Satan and winning for us victory beyond hope, He the Victor, for us, who pray we be numbered among the faithful, the true Israel of God and the New Jerusalem, here on earth in hope of what one day shall be consummated in heaven evermore, since Christ shall reign until He put all His enemies beneath His feet.  Sing all ye people!

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