Put Away the Ranger

By Brent King On September 3, 2014 Under Lessons in Fantasy

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)Aragorn is the king. However, he has been in hiding for so long—turning over the weaknesses of his lineage in his mind—that he can’t visualized himself as king. It takes all the encouragement and challenge from many he holds dear to help him accept the truth of his place in the world.

The same thing happens to Shasta in A Horse and His Boy. Shasta has run away. His life is ruled by shame and misfortune, and he believes he is a commoner, an outcast. Yet he eventually discovers that it’s all a lie. He is the long lost prince of a great kingdom.

How many of us stumble through life, hedged in by shame, disappointment, and disapproval? We begin to believe that we are just hapless misfits in a world of dice, with no purpose or relevance. We desperately need the new identity that Aragorn and Shasta discovered at the end of their quests.

It’s time we discovered the truth that has been stolen from us, the truth of our identity. It is a great tragedy that so many of us spend our lives trying to find something we already have, trying to discover someone we already are.

We are long lost princes and princesses of a great kingdom because we are children of a great King. Only when we accept who we are in Christ can our special position in the King’s family be confirmed. Only when we accept our new identity by renouncing the lies that govern our lives can we start living like royalty.

Are we ready to become who we are? Like Elrond told Aragorn in the movie version of The Return of the King, it’s time for each of us to “put away the ranger and become who we were born to be”.

Has fantasy helped you become who you were born to be?


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  1. Bethany A. Jennings
    September 3, 2014
    6:46 pm #comment-1

    Great post! Fantasy has absolutely helped me in becoming who I am today. I like this quote, which this post reminded me of:

    “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e.e. cummings

    • Brent King
      September 3, 2014
      7:06 pm #comment-2

      Thanks for sharing the quote Bethany, and from a great poet too. We share an indebtedness to fantasy, as it has shaped my life so much also.

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