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The Christian World of The Hobbit

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

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Acclaimed Tolkien scholar Devin Brown presents an in-depth look at the spiritual elements infused in this beloved book.

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

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.

Praise for The Christian World of the Hobbit

Praise for The Christian World of the Hobbit

"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.

Author Q&A

Author Q&A

On the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit, Tolkien scholar Devin Brown shares his insights on why this tale is more popular than ever.

Happy 75th Birthday to The Hobbit!

Happy 75th Birthday to The Hobbit!

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."

A Video Interview with Devin Brown

A Video Interview with Devin Brown

Deborah Arca

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.

Book Club Roundtable

The Christian World of the Hobbit?

The Christian World of the Hobbit?

Ben Witherington

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?

Not Just For Christians

Not Just For Christians

James McGrath

This is not merely a book written by a Christian for other Christians to highlight the Christian aspects of The Hobbit. It is an analysis of the worldview of this much-loved author and how that worldview shaped and pervades his storytelling.

What Hobbits Have Taught Me about God's Providence

What Hobbits Have Taught Me about God's Providence

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.

A Sharp Preview

A Sharp Preview

Craig Detweiler

Brown calls us to move beyond allegory into more complicated and enduring notions of how religious convictions infuse art.

Meaning and Imagination

Meaning and Imagination

Greg Garrett

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, Interdependence and the Sacred Ordinary

Tolkien, Interdependence and the Sacred Ordinary

Bruce Epperly

Tolkien is the prophet of the sacred ordinary in which everything points beyond itself to the Holy.  

The Hobbit's Invitation for Teens

The Hobbit's Invitation for Teens

Brian Kirk

How did I miss this obvious opportunity all these years to lead teens to the Kingdom of God by way of Middle-earth?

Deconstructing Bilbo Baggins

Deconstructing Bilbo Baggins

Coyle Neal

Maybe our enjoyment of The Hobbit is not because Bilbo is a Christian, but rather because we are.

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