The Christian World of the Hobbit

Devin Brown

The Christian World of the Hobbit

The Christian World of the Hobbit

  • Title: The Christian World of the Hobbit
  • Author: Devin Brown
  • ISBN: 9781426749490
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback

In his beloved story The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien takes readers into a world unlike any other, yet so much seems familiar As Bilbo journeys there and back again, glimpses of the spiritual are seen The Christian World of The Hobbit does what no book has done it brings Tolkien fans new delight by introducing a side of Tolkien that is rarely explored but vitally important toIn his beloved story The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien takes readers into a world unlike any other, yet so much seems familiar As Bilbo journeys there and back again, glimpses of the spiritual are seen The Christian World of The Hobbit does what no book has done it brings Tolkien fans new delight by introducing a side of Tolkien that is rarely explored but vitally important to his writings especially The Hobbit Written by internationally regarded Tolkien scholar Devin Brown, this approachable, witty, and highly entertaining book offers up fresh perspectives to fans of The Hobbit, both the book and the film adaptation.

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Tolkien was devoutly Catholic in his religious beliefs, and he *frequently* & *OPENLY* stated that he intended Christian religious messages, morals, ethics & principles to be conveyed through his "fairy tale" writings.Devin Brown does an amazing job, through extensive Tolkienian quotations of his books, essays, lectures & letters, to establish the very Christian religious messages found within both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.One need not be Christian (or even religious) to [...]

An interesting but fairly shallow exploration of three Christian themes in The Hobbit: providence, purpose, and morality. It also covers those same themes in The Lord of the Rings. It discusses Tolkien’s Christian faith and how he deliberately wove it into his stories. It’s packed with quotes from The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien’s letters, Tolkien scholars, and C.S. Lewis (Tolkien’s friend), as well as Bible verses.Despite the title, it’s not limited to The Hobbit; it also t [...]

I remember the first time I entered the world of Middle-earth. I was twelve or thirteen and noticed an interesting little yellow book on my mother’s shelf. I’m not entirely sure if she ever read it or not — as that kind of book was not what I remember her reading. But I asked if I could read it and eagerly dove in. At that age I don’t believe I was even aware there was a sequel to the book. But from the first few moments I was hooked.Fantasy literature isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, an [...]

I will never read the Hobbit in the same way again! Arguably all Tolkien fans know how adamant he was that his stories were not allegories, unlike the fictional writings of his peer and friend C.S. Lewis. Professor Brown, however, highlights several Christian themes that shine through the text of both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings saga. The book is divided into three major themes: providence, purpose, and morality. The theme of providence was most illuminating to me. On page 42 of the Hob [...]

This was a fantastic book dealing with Tolkien's underlying Christian beliefs in his modern classic The Hobbit. Even though the book is mostly about The Hobbit, it really is just a quick overview (although it is pretty in-depth, nonetheless) of some of his beliefs which can be seen in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The author, Devin Brown, just seems to use The Hobbit as a starting point and an axis to revolve around for easy reference. I'm sure plenty of people would hate the idea of thi [...]

"Beginning with Bilbo's unexpected party in chapter 1 with its tea, seed-cakes, buttered scones, apple-tarts, mince-pies, cheese, eggs, cold chicken, pickles, beer, coffee, and smoke rings, we find that a reverence, celebration, and love of the everyday is an essential part of Tolkien's moral vision" (page 151).Devin Brown sets about to write a commentary of Tolkien that picks out a handful of spiritual themes in The Hobbit, rather than attempting to cast the whole epic of Professor Tolkien as a [...]

Okay, so I usually read fantasy or science fiction or something like that. It's not that I don't read things that are good for my brain -- I'm in medicine, so I'm reading science all day long, so when I choose my leisure reading, it's usually just fun things. But this book intrigued me. First, it's fairly short. Then, just a glance through it showed me the author wasn't interested in impressing me with his great big high-falutin' vocabulary about philosophy and psychology and theology. He just w [...]

Based on my limited experience, there seem to be two kinds of Tolkien scholars. The first sort are those who truly love and delight in his works and want to know more—they want to plumb the depths of Middle Earth and relish the world he has created. The second sort are those who disdain his writings, and want to kill the joy of others in reading his books. They exist seemingly solely to remind us that we’re reading fiction that has no connection to the real world and is at best sentimental e [...]

J. R. R. Tolkien was a genius and a Catholic. Shockingly, these two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the Catholic identity of Tolkien adds depth, emotion, drive, and moral fiber to the tales of Middle-Earth.Unfortunately, this is about as deep and inspiring as the author gets in his analysis of the morality of Middle Earth. Yes, we have some nice quotes from C. S. Lewis and references to the Letters of Tolkien. He even makes a few references to The Hobbit and to The Lord of the Rings!I was v [...]

Who would´ve thought I would be reading a book about Christianity. Well, probably, not the me from a couple of years back. Me now, yup, certainly. Not that my belief has changed, but rather my appreciation of content. And the possibility of reading an in depth analysis. After all, I read a book about Lost and Philosophy, and in this case, it´s also a book on similar kind of analysis, only with a different subject. And I have to say, Dr Devin Brown manages to explain his points under a very int [...]

This is a wonderful book to read before the release of the new Hobbit movie. It provides fresh insight into Tolkien's worldview in writing the Hobbit as well as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Devin Brown makes it clear at the beginning that Tolkien was definitely NOT writing a Christian allegory nor is Tolkien attempting to evangelize or preach through his writing. Brown's thesis is that Tolkien's Christian themes, such as Providence, Purpose, and Morality, are woven throughout the fabric of the [...]

Simply enlightening. Provides insight into several concepts (including morality, Providence, sin, and luck) that are absorbed into "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, and explains the similarities of these to the same concepts in the Christian faith. However, I wonder what he has to say regarding the tales of the Eldar days, concerning Glorfindel, Feanor, Beren and Luthien, Hurin, Fingolfin, and all tragic heroes of the like (not to mention the very real mythology Tolkien created and was very fond o [...]

At first I thought this book was belaboring the obvious, but it grew on me. Besides, what's obvious to me may not be to others without by prejudices. By talking about what Tolkien says fairy stories should do, to a degree it did it: Provided a reminder or recovery of meaning in life, a period of escape from the tawdry, confused details of life that distract you from its real meaning, and consolation that however bad things look now, in the end all will be well.

Loved it! An essential addition to your Tolkien collection, especially for Christians, though any serious reader of his works would benefit from the insight this book gives you into his thoughts and motivations in writing both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And as a life-long fan, I found it truly satisfying as a Christian to find that all the truth and meaning that I instinctively found in these stories is really there. I love them even more for having read this book.

Brown does a nice job of bringing to light some of the subtle and latent themes hidden in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. At times it seems like he's "beating a dead horse" by using several redundant examples to get his point across, but overall, the book is a fairly easy read and makes for some nice illustrations of Tolkien's faith as explored in the aforementioned titles.

Nice commentary on the Hobbit. Brown also shed light on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and to a lesser extent, even some of the writings of C.S. Lewis. Also contains a very concise bio of Tolkien as well as a chapter on his legacy. At times it got just a bit redundant, but overall, an enjoyable read.

I concur with the comments of some of the others. There were some repetitive parts. It's still a really good book, and those repetitions make it easy for someone to just pick up the book and read a few pages.

This is a fascinating look into the Christian themes in The Hobbit. The author does a great job discussing the different points and weaving them together in to a narrative whole. It show how masterful Tolkien was as a story teller. Some of the themes I knew about, many I did not.

The author provides great insight & teaching of how Tolkien's Christian faith & reason shapes & guides the fantasy world of the Hobbit. A compelling real world argument that Christian faith & reason are not mutually exclusive. They complement each other.

If you want to be able to see the connections between the Hobbit and Christianity this is a wonderful book. It gave lots of examples and explained everything very well. It was awesome.

This read like an essay written for class. Nothing profound or really thought provoking in the least

A readable introduction to the world of The Hobbit and the genius of Tolkien's thought.

Really basic stuff. I was hoping for something a bit more in-depth, but there was nothing here I hadn't seen for myself.

I loved The Hobbit before, but a love it a million times more now. This book is BEAUTIFUL. Devin is a gifted writer and does a wonderful job sharing Tolkien's heart.

It gave helpful insight into Tolkien's inspiration/motivation for writing about Middle Earth, and it was fun to see confirmation of Christian applications of the story.

A wonderful book detailing the presence of God in Bilbo's world. Recommended!

Felt like he repeated himself several times throughout the book, but an interesting topic and worth a read.

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