Even as Tolkien is celebrated as an author and literary figure, some of his most important messages were communicated by means of letters, and some of the most important letters were written to his sons.
- March 11, 2014 |
We fight the long defeat because the final victory is coming.
- December 30, 2013 |
Stephen McGarvey and Shawn McEvoy from CrosswalkMovies dissect the positives and negatives in Part Two of Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit, out on DVD April 8. Read Jeffrey Huston's full-text review for Crosswalk.com here.
Less bloated, this second installment stands as a premium Hollywood production that can teach other major lit-franchises a thing or two.
While it’s for others to decide whether Jackson’s film is a worthy interpretation, readers have been finding inspiration, and spiritual nourishment in the pages of Tolkien’s classic.
At the end of The Hobbit, Bilbo remarks amazedly that the old songs and prophecies have come true after all. To which Gandalf replies, "And why not? Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself?"
Dr. Ralph Wood of Baylor University helps us ascertain whether passages such as this give us any insight into how prophecy works with biblical characters.
- December 11, 2013 |
Dr. Ralph Wood of Baylor University helps us understand the greed of the modern world through the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and the hero he constructed to combat the growing evil, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.
- December 09, 2013 |
Fairy stories (or fairy tales) have been an important element of many cultures for many years. On one level, they have an academic appeal.
- December 09, 2013 |
In 1939, J.R.R. Tolkien prepared an essay to be delivered as a lecture at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It was titled "On Fairy-Stories," and in the piece he explained and defended the use of fantasy as a literary form.
- January 03, 2013 |
Middle-earth is a world constructed on Christian principles, but that doesn't mean The Hobbit should be taken as a subliminally evangelistic work.
- December 17, 2012 |
In advance of The Hobbit hitting theaters, Crosswalk.com talks with Dr. Ralph Wood, Dr. Michael Ward and Rick Trumbo about J.R.R. Tolkien's faith and how it comes across in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Colin Duriez set out to answer this question about the author of The Hobbit: “Who was the man who became a legend?”
Likely to leave fans hesitant and uncertain about the upcoming films, while newbies will wonder why this story is so beloved.
Whether or not you’re fanatic enough to dress up for the midnight showing, here’s some advice for how to experience of The Hobbit.
Peter Jackson says he's following the spirit if not the letter of the novel by stretching The Hobbit into a trilogy.
As I talked with a friend over coffee one night, the two of us began to reflect on how J.R.R. Tolkien's faith was reflected in his writing...
- December 12, 2012 |
"I get a real sense of Tolkien’s Christian faith. ...There’s this essence of nobility, kindness, and mercy." ~Richard Armitage
Tolkien's works demonstrate that it's possible to have a dark childhood and still possess a remarkable and life-affirming imagination.
Why should such a perverted creature be looked on with pity? Tolkien used the tragic story of Gollum to remind us of grace and mercy.