Giveaway: Two Copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit

Giveaway: Two Copies of The Christian World of the Hobbit November 7, 2012

Thanks to Patheos, I have two copies to give away of the book which I blogged about yesterday, The Christian World of The Hobbit by Devin Brown.

I will select the winners at random from among those who comment on this post you are currently reading. An eligible entry is a comment that mentions something that you love or appreciate about J. R. R. Tolkien and/or his writings – including but not limited to The Hobbit. Or one that explains why you want a copy of Devin Brown’s book and think that you ought to be the one to get a copy.

I will count the number of comments and pick two numbers at random. As long as the comment in question mentions something about Tolkien or his writings, or about Brown’s book, the author of the randomly-selected comment will be a winner. If the comment is not a valid entry, then I will try again.

This means that the more comments you leave, the greater your chances of winning. Your explanation of why you deserve a copy won’t help you win in and of themselves. But the more reasons you can come up with why you deserve the book, the more comments you can write, and so the greater your chance of winning!

I will accept entries until the end of the day this Sunday, November 11th, and then will pick two winners on Monday, November 12th.

Good luck – if luck you call it!

UPDATE: I initially said both that I would accept entries until the end of the day Sunday, and that I would pick two winners on Sunday. I will stick with the dates I gave and announce the winners on the 12th, which is Monday.

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  • Jeff Carter

    I spent a summer on a mission trip to Russia. While there I liked to poke around in bookstores (much as I do at home). I found an illustrated copy of the hobbit in Russian that I bought for my youngest brother. I had a lot of fun puzzling over the cyrillic text picking out words that I could decipher.

    I almost couldn’t bring myself to give the book to my brother when I got home…

  • I love everything Tolkien has written and have read all of it…can’t wait to WIN this book.

  • JKami

    It’s funny, I was introduced to Tolkien, and specifically his “Rings” trilogy by my junior high youth leader. Come to find out, he actually taught himself the dwarven language!

  • Jared Calaway

    Ok. Tom Bambodil, who was, unfortunately, omitted from the LOTR films. I always found his character fascinating, in the sense that nothing bothered, touched him. The Ring of Power had no effect whatsoever on him. He was before all and after all. And what does the first being of Middle Earth do all day? He plays. The Ents (still LOTR), the “green” message of LOTR. I also should mention something from the Hobbit: I like how the novel develops the anticipatory mists of the not-yet-powerful Sauron. It is a darkness that is felt throughout, but not yet manifest.

  • Here’s the deal: I KNOW J.R.R. Tolkien and Devin Brown would want me to have this book…it’s more precious than the Arkenstone…maybe even more than the One Ring!

  • Andrew Vogel

    I love Leaf by Niggle by Tolkien – I love the imagery of Niggle working on his leaf his entire life, but seeing the entire tapestry at the end.

  • Andrew Vogel

    I ALSO love the depth of Tolkien’s world – especially the Silmarillion. What other series actually compiles so many stories regarding the history of a fictional world?

  • Jared Calaway

    I would be sure to read it in a pub setting in honor of the Eagle and the Child–as all of Tolkien’s works should be read.

  • Eluros Aabye

    So, I actually love the dualism of the physical world vs the shadow world in LOTR. Tolkein had some really fascinating ideas that not enough people (and especially not the movies) pay attention to. I’d be curious to know if/how much Brown addresses it.

  • Jeff Carter

    I don’t know how Dan Brown intends to weave the Illuminati, the Freemasons and the Merovingian dynasty into the Hobbit, but I’m intensely curio… no wait…. sorry. Wrong D. Brown.

  • Tyler

    I love that Tolkien was so seeped in his faith that he could write novels that have powerful Christian messages without ever setting out to write an allegory.

  • John Mark

    I discovered the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy as an adult; I must have read them three times the first summer I bought them (an inexpensive boxed paper bound set). I wanted to have a vanity plate for my muscle car that said Shadowfax. (I never got the car or the plate). My son read them as a boy, and while still in late elementary school vowed to make a movie of the books when he grew up. He was really irritated when Peter Jackson beat him to the punch. I’m reading the Hobbit now, in anticipation of the movie…..which probably won’t be as good as the book, since I don’t think Peter Jackson ever really understood Tolkien’s thinking, or just ignored some of the finer points to make actions movies . But I will go with hope to watch both parts, I’m sure.

  • Ric

    I’ve read and enjoyed some of Devin Brown’s books on C. S. Lewis and look forward to reading this one about Tolkien.

  • Sam Morales

    I studied and spoke (at least attempted to speak) Sindarin while in high school before the movies were released. I was enthralled by Tolkien’s languages which drew me into also reading his Histories of Middle Earth.

  • cool… shall we swap? I send you A Hobbit Devotional and you send over this one…

  • Marcus

    I recently raid LOTR (on the way to China and back). I really appreciated how he constructed a world that was solemn and full of meaning and wonder.

  • I read LOTR when I was about twelve or thirteen. Our library had one copy of each of the three instalments, and FotR was out when I tried to borrow it, so I started with the Two Towers and caught up later when I finally bought my own set of the three. (‘Aragorn sped on up the hill…’ I still remember reading it!)

    I must have read the series a dozen times over the next couple of years, reading and rereading my favourite chapters over and over. I still have those books nearly thirty years on, held together with what must be close to a roll of Sellotape.

    In all that I didn’t get to read much else, but as my paper route money allowed I made my way through most of the rest of the Middle Earth books. Even now, I consider the Ainulindalë to be one of the exquisite high points of English literature. It’s helped in no small way to my understanding of Genesis 1-11 as story rather than history.

    • Hi Cameron,

      I also first read LOTR when I was twelve. I also began with The Two Towers, since my mother was taking forever to read The Fellowship of the Ring. I went to summer camp when I was thirteen. I met a boy who was reading The Hobbit. I asked him if I could borrow it after he was finished. He sold it to me, instead, for fifty cents.

      I guess I’d like to read Brown’s book because I’m just curious what was so Catholic about Tolkien’s works, other than purgatory in Leaf by Niggle. I hope he offers a satisfactory answer.

      • Also, the thing I like best about Bilbo: He was the only person who willingly gave up possession of the Ring. A trait we should all wish for.

  • Gilgamesh42

    Well, I have to try!

    It’s been a while since I have read Tolkien’s work, and that was for a uni class about the mythology he created. Very fun, actually. If I do read it again, I will probably have to go to the Silmarillion. Having read a lot more myths and the Bible, I’m hoping I can see and appreciate the allusions and transvaluations that Tolkien was going for.

    In the mean time, I’ll wait for the movie and have Leonard Nimoy sing to me about a hobbit in a hole.

  • And I have to try, too!

    The Hobbit will shortly open in New Zealand cinemas, and in preparation, I re-read the Hobbit. I am also in the midst of preparing our contemporary service for Sunday and I have decided to reflect on being our best selves. And for me that is a lot of what Bilbo’s story is about. So I would like to read the book and get a better handle on how Tolkien’s faith permeates The Hobbit.

    Thank you!

  • Me, I’m a fan of constructed languages, so I particularly enjoyed Tolkein’s languages, studying Quenya and Sindarin and learning to write in his lovely Tengwar script.

  • George Mearns

    Enjoyed both the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

  • William G Pyatt

    Read the Hobbit in high school, and it started a great journey that continues today, 37 years later.

  • Jeff Carter

    I’ve gave my 11 year old son my copy of TLOTR to read. He’s already read through it twice.

  • Marcus

    Should I say that LOTR and the Hobbit are brilliant or fantastic?

  • Jason Gardner

    I appreciate the sheer logistics and scope of Tolkien’s work in creating his magical Middle Earth. Simply mind boggling!

  • Robert

    I love the way he went to so much trouble to build his universe; he was a real pioneer in that respect.

  • Richard Russell

    My favorite thing about Tolkien’s work is the idea of it being an actual history from which other European myths sprang. One myth to rule them all…
    Also we use the movies and rabid fandom of all things Tolkien in general, to raise money for our local food pantry –

  • McGrath, Tolkien, Brown: three brilliant writiers!

  • Taylor

    Tolkien opened up two amazing worlds to me; the world of Middle-Earth & the world of reading. I had never truly learned to appreciate literature until I picked up The Hobbit in sixth grade.

  • Jared Calaway

    Probably just annoyed you and everyone else on Facebook last night with all my updates as I rewatched Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers. If I had the book, I could annoy you with updates of my reading it! 😉

  • Emily

    LotR has changed me so much. I’m a much richer person for having read such incredible books. I’ve become more adventurous. The Hobbit especially has helped me become braver. 😉

  • Emily

    There was a time in my life where LotR totally consumed me. I carried those books with me everywhere. Still do sometimes, but I’m trying not to be so extremist. 😉 Although I just picked up my 5th copy of the Hobbit today…just…because.

    • Emily

      I suppose we could trade, you give me a copy of The Christian World of the Hobbit and I’ll give you a copy of the Hobbit. Deal?

  • Emily

    I really appreciate the magnitude that Tolkien put into Middle Earth. There aren’t many other books, maybe even no other books, that compare to what he’s created. The different races, cultures, languages, places, and history. Oh my, all that wonderful history. Even if you only read the Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings you get the sense that there is so much more out there. And I think that is why every single reread still feels like it’s the first.

  • Tolkien paints such vivid pictures with words that I am still in love 40 years later! I would love to read a fresh and interesting perspective on the Hobbit with Christianity.

  • Bob de Jong

    I will gracefully accept one or two copies of the book. The Hobbit has intrigued me ever since I read it, while in high school.
    The elephant in the room is – of course- the question: Did Bilbo Exist ?
    Only fools and horses deny that there was a historical figure called Bilbo, but what can we say with confidence about the historical Bilbo ?

    Let’s look at the generally accepted criteria for authenticity:

    1) Multiple attestation: there are several books that feature Bilbo, including the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Most scholars attribute those books to the same author, but this does not mean that the stories can’t be derived from independent oral traditions about Bilbo. Recently, films have appeared fearuring Bilbo, and most scholars agree that these were independently produced several decades after the book. And then there are the mansucripts B, E and N, which have not yet been discovered, but they also testify independently to Bilbo. Clearly, this criterion is satisfied.

    2) Embarrassment: would anyone make up a story in which a pipesmoking pint-size figure with hairy feet defeats a dragon ? Clearly, such an anti-hero would be an embaressement in the culture of the author(s).

    3) Coherence: the ‘There and Back Again” adventure of Bilbo coheres strongly with the Parable of the Lost Son: upon the return of the son to his village it is said “Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.”. [Luke 15:22]. Compare this to Bilbo’s bare-footed, ring-bearing, return to Hobbiton !

    So we can be assured that a historical Bilbo retrieved a Ring and bruoght it to Hobbiton. Whether he actually defeated a dragon is a matter of belief, not open to historical enquiry.

  • Justin Kamikaze

    Even though I read the books religiously in junior high, I never really looked into the Christian aspects of Tolkien’s work.

  • Stephen Garner

    What I really enjoyed many years ago was reading the collection of Tolkien’s letters that Humphrey Carpenter had edited. There are a number of letters in that collection where Tolkien responds (graciously) to people who’d claimed to see religion in his stories.

  • Yes, Stephen. Tolkien’s letters really give you a look into the heart and soul of the man. Carpenter’s collection was the first “letters compilation” I’ve ever read, and it set the bar so high that I’m afraid to read another collection of someone’s personal letters.