Smaug is the one bright spot in ‘Desolation’

Peter Jackson’s playtime in Middle Earth is fun, but lacks heart. [Read more...]

The Hobbit: Second Verse, Better Than the First

A welcome return to Middle Earth. [Read more...]

Middle Earth is Inherited by the Meek

A Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Directed by Peter Jackson By KENDRICK KUO After hearing the good reviews, including our very own Paul Miller’s take on the film, I decided to watch The Hobbit on New Year’s Day. There are many ways to review a film adaptation of a book—fidelity to the book’s [Read More...]

Seeking a Better Country Than Middle Earth

A Review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Directed by Peter Jackson By PAUL D. MILLER  I previouslyblogged about the surprising darkness and pessimism in J.R.R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit. That book is often mistakenly called a children’s book, and even though there is nothing childlike about its tales of genocidal war and cynical realpolitik, [Read More...]

Lord of the Rings: A Timeless Trilogy

Review of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Directed by Peter Jackson By PAUL D. MILLER It is hard to remember how firmly entrenched the conventional wisdom was that The Lord of the Rings was unfilmable. A disastrous animated attempt in 1978, stuffed full of 70’s cheese, covered just half the story. The film only [Read More...]

Deconstructing Bilbo Baggins

Review of The Christian World of the Hobbit by Devin Brown  By COYLE NEAL  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 [Read More...]

There and Back Again

Review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Reviewed by PAUL D. MILLER I first visited Middle Earth when I was in middle school. I owned a thick, dark yellow copy of The Hobbit (1937). It smelled musty and old, which is just right for a book like this. Like many a ten-year-old, I fell under the spell [Read More...]


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