Hobbit Journey, A: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth

Hobbit Journey, A: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth

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by Matthew Dickerson
     
 

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An expert on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy shows how a Christian worldview and themes undergird Tolkien's classic works.See more details below

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An expert on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy shows how a Christian worldview and themes undergird Tolkien's classic works.

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Expanding on his previous work, Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings, Dickerson (computer science & environmental studies, Middlebury Coll.) explores the philosophical and moral messages in Tolkien's writing. Citing The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and letters, essays, and other texts, Dickerson discusses Tolkien's ideas about morality, society, and justice as reflected in his writing about Middle-earth. The author identifies Tolkien's Christian inspiration as revealed in his fiction, from the ways prisoners are treated during war, to the values of peace and friendship among protagonists, as well as notions of free choice, absolute morality, moral responsibility, and more. Throughout, Dickerson uses numerous examples from Tolkien's works as well as references to Peter Jackson's movie adaptations and real-world parallels between torture in Middle-earth and water-boarding at Guantanamo Bay. VERDICT Dickerson's comparisons between Christian morals and the moral laws of Middle-earth are not entirely new, but he writes in a manner both scholarly and accessible that many Tolkien readers will like.—Jennifer Harris, Mercyhurst Coll. Lib., Erie, PA

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ISBN-13:
9781587433009
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
908,127
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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