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From Father to Son: J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex

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.

Tolkien and the Long Defeat

We fight the long defeat because the final victory is coming.

<i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i> Video Movie Review
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Video Movie Review

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 here.

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  • December 13, 2013 |
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Middle Earth More Thrilling Than Our Last Visit in Second Hobbit Installment

Less bloated, this second installment stands as a premium Hollywood production that can teach other major lit-franchises a thing or two.

Travel Through The Spiritual World of the Hobbit

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.

Comparing Biblical Prophecy to Middle Earth Prophecy
Comparing Biblical Prophecy to Middle Earth Prophecy

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.

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  • December 11, 2013 |
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How <i>The Hobbit</i> Can Help Us Understand the Sin of Greed
How The Hobbit Can Help Us Understand the Sin of Greed

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.

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  • December 09, 2013 |
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Walking with Bilbo in The Spiritual World of The Hobbit

Fairy stories (or fairy tales) have been an important element of many cultures for many years. On one level, they have an academic appeal.

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  • December 09, 2013 |
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Why the Worst Thing That Happens to You Could Wind Up Being the Best Thing

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.

Is The Hobbit a Christian Film? Yes and No

Middle-earth is a world constructed on Christian principles, but that doesn't mean The Hobbit should be taken as a subliminally evangelistic work.

  • Kay Campbell and Greg Garrison |
  • December 17, 2012 |
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Tolkien Experts Talk About His Christian Themes
Tolkien Experts Talk About His Christian Themes

In advance of The Hobbit hitting theaters, 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.

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  • December 13, 2012 |
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A Tolkien Biography for Lovers of Legend

Colin Duriez set out to answer this question about the author of The Hobbit: “Who was the man who became a legend?”

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Rings False

Likely to leave fans hesitant and uncertain about the upcoming films, while newbies will wonder why this story is so beloved.

  • Christian Hamaker |
  • December 13, 2012 |
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How to Watch The Hobbit

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.

There and Back Again and Again and Again

Peter Jackson says he's following the spirit if not the letter of the novel by stretching The Hobbit into a trilogy.

Six Lessons from The Lord of The Rings

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...

The Start of an Adventure Begins with Meeting the Cast & Crew of The Hobbit

"I get a real sense of Tolkien’s Christian faith. ...There’s this essence of nobility, kindness, and mercy." ~Richard Armitage

J.R.R. Tolkien and the Discipline of Hope

Tolkien's works demonstrate that it's possible to have a dark childhood and still possess a remarkable and life-affirming imagination.

  • Dr. Stanley J. Ward |
  • December 07, 2012 |
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Vessels of Mercy: God, Grace, and Gollum

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.

  • Debbie Holloway |
  • December 07, 2012 |
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Astronomy in The Hobbit

Aside from its literary value, there is great astronomical and scientific value to be found in the pages of Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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