Frodo and Harry: Understanding Visual Media and Its Impact on Our Lives

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There is a war afoot between two fantasy worlds. The recent release of feature films based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy has reawakened popular interest in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastical creatures. Meanwhile, Harry Potter fans devour every installment of J. K. Rowling's best-selling series. While both series have ardent fans and some similarities, is there actually an important difference between the two? How are readers and moviegoers to think about Frodo and Harry? This book contrasts the fantasy worlds of ...
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There is a war afoot between two fantasy worlds. The recent release of feature films based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy has reawakened popular interest in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastical creatures. Meanwhile, Harry Potter fans devour every installment of J. K. Rowling's best-selling series. While both series have ardent fans and some similarities, is there actually an important difference between the two? How are readers and moviegoers to think about Frodo and Harry? This book contrasts the fantasy worlds of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, showing their very different worldviews. Using Harry and Frodo as a lens to examine media entertainment as a whole, the authors show us how to make wise choices, because there's more at stake than just a book or a movie -- it's a way of looking at the world. Discerning readers and thoughtful parents will find this book an eye-opener about what they're being taught through the entertainment they choose.

"What are movie viewers to think? The recent release of two feature films based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, with a third slated for release later this year, has awakened popular interest in Tolkien's fantasy world. Meanwhile, devotees of Harry Potter are flocking to the opening of each new film based on J. K. Rowling's best-selling series. Frodo and Harry compares these fantasy worlds, contrasting the fictional ""real world"" of the former with the occult world of the latter. Discerning readers and thoughtful parents will learn about the nature of the fantasy genre, and the various critical tools necessary to develop an informed judgment about art and entertainment." Two respected media critics compare the Christian values evident in The Lord of the Rings with the occult setting of the Harry Potter series.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581345599
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 10/14/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Divine Encounters and Parables 9
Part 1
I. It's Only a Movie ... and Other Star Wars 15
II. Something About Harry 23
III. The Ring of Truth 47
IV. Cosmic Battles for Beauty, Virtue, and Honor 61
Part 2
V. Pillars of Media Wisdom 77
VI. Caring Is the Only Daring 89
VII. Once Upon a Time: Worldviews, Fantasy, Myth, and Beyond 109
VIII. The Church, the Media, and the Culture 123
IX. Asking the Right Questions About Frodo and Harry 145
X. Conclusion: Seek Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding 177
Epilogue 192
Appendix Thoughts on John Granger's The Hidden Key to Harry Potter 193
Notes 197
Index 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2003

    Misleading

    The title on the book when you get it is diffent than what is listed here. This title is misleading because it gives the impression the book is comparing Harry Potter vs. Frodo from the LOTRs. The book, however, is not that at all. The author is giving his religous views about how these movies impact out lives.

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