I really wanted to do an Easter post on Easter, but obviously that didn’t happen. But its still Easter week, so it still counts!
This year is very interesting, because it is believed that we actually celebrated Easter on the real day Jesus rose from the dead. Supposedly He died on the exact day He was conceived: March 25. The Feast of the Annunciation. Now I hear all this talk about we don’t really know when He died, or when He was conceived, or when He was born, because there are no dates in the Bible, but I think if we have a God-inspired Bible telling us everything else, we probably know those dates for a reason.
And March 25 is a very important day in Middle-earth as well. It’s the day the Ring was destroyed in Mount Doom, and Sauron’s reign was ended. Tolkien always said he didn’t mean to put Catholic analogies in his book, and I believe him, but I also say he was clearly writing under the influence of his religion. Otherwise, it is strange coincidence that the Fellowship set out from Rivendell on December 25, and that Galadriel is called the Lady of Light, which is a name for the Blessed Mother, and that the coming of age year for Hobbits (33) is the year Jesus died.
There are other significant Middle-earth events that happened this day as well. Gandalf and Thorin met in Bree, and that’s how the events of The Hobbit were set in motion, Frodo and his friends returned to the Shire after their journey, and Sam’s daughter Elanor was born.
But the most remarkable thing of course was that the day evil was destroyed in Middle-earth was the very day that the gates of Heaven were reopened for mankind.
I hope you all have a blessed and happy Easter season.