The Passage of the Marshes
In today’s Lord of the Rings passage we read:
‘Yes, yes,’ said Gollum. ‘All dead, all rotten. Elves and Men and Orcs. The Dead Marshes. […] The Marshes have grown since then, swallowed up the graves; always creeping, creeping.'”
And in today’s Scripture readings we hear:
He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist.” (Romans 4:17)
The Dead Marshes exists in its terribleness, but they are not a natural phenomenon. They are powered by the Dark Lord, and though it is not stated explicitly in Tolkien’s work, there is reason to believe that they might recede and fade should Sauron be defeated. For that has what has happened in our own world: Christ has drained the swamp of sin and death that once had entrapped us all. And as such, there is no pestilence so great, no disease so extensive, no chaos so strong that can stand against the overwhelming power of He who has authority over the living and the dead.