Became the religion of the region Thus the Church continued the local traditions but replaced them with Truth Light

Another parallel are the cataclysmic events using created elements to deter evil and work good:

• the raising of the Bruinen river [close to Rivendell] by Elrond to wash away the Black Riders. [this is yet another parallel of Biblical happenings, i.e. Moses parting the Red Sea].

• the earthquake that arises when Frodo destroys the One Ring is like the earthquake at Golgotha when Jesus is crucified.

• the Flooding of Isengard by water [created element] and hence it's cleansing, is very biblical and memorial of the Great Flood.

• the destruction and flooding of Beleriand in the first age after the long war against Morgoth. [see the Silmarillion]. Once again like the Great Flood.

• the huge tidal wave that engulfs the Island of Numenor in the second age when it they rebel against the Valar. Like the Tower of Babel and the Great Flood.

This harmony and metaphysical theme is one that is counter-acted by the theme of messing with nature or playing God, as is depicted with Saruman and obviously Sauron.

Saruman devises and sub-creates a new race of Orcs. He shows in his speech to Gandalf that he had become proud and arrogant. His study and knowledge of Ring-making lead him to lust for power and dominate others. Disorder has entered his soul in a quest to become Godlike he creates his race of Orcs and destroys many thousands of trees near by in Fangorn forest in the production of Industry.

Tolkien's theme is especially interesting as it is nature itself that rises up to destroy him. Treebeard and the Ents are a very unexpected turn of events for Saruman. When one plays with nature, the results can be very unpredictable as well as morally wrong.

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