The Christian World of The Hobbit
by Devin Brown
Devin Brown steals past the watchful dragons of accredited literary culture to explain how Tolkien's works can embody a Christian worldview without preaching or propaganda, and what this has to do with how those stories lift the heart."
—Tom Shippey, Tolkien Scholar
Tolkien saw the ultimate goal of life to be an ever-increasing knowledge of God -- the kind of knowledge that leads to praise and thanks.
"Tolkien's Christian faith was a vital part of The Hobbit and I'm thrilled such an accurate book finally tells the real story." Read what filmmaker Phil Cooke and others are saying about Brown's new book.
On the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit, Tolkien scholar Devin Brown shares his insights on why this tale is more popular than ever.
Of all the things C.S. Lewis said in his book review in 1937, his closing statement proved to be the most accurate of all. "Prediction is dangerous," Lewis concluded, "but The Hobbit may well prove to be a classic."
Patheos Book Club Manager Deborah Arca and author Devin Brown discuss Tolkien's faith and how it illuminated all of his works, beginning with The Hobbit.
This little book, which is well written and well researched, is seeking to treat a specific topic – is the world view undergirding and presented in this novel a Christian one?
Ellen Painter Dollar
Devin Brown has shown us how a world saved by hobbits and their elf, dwarf, and wizard comrades, chosen by an unseen force to fulfill a great purpose, can illuminate how we are called to do likewise in our own world.
Brown calls us to move beyond allegory into more complicated and enduring notions of how religious convictions infuse art.
A great work of great imagination like The Hobbit can entertain us, but it can also remind us that we are on an adventure, and that everything we do matters.
Tolkien is the prophet of the sacred ordinary in which everything points beyond itself to the Holy.