A Hobbit Journey

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

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy has delighted millions of fans worldwide in book and movie form. With the theatrical release of the two-part film "The Hobbit "slated for 2012 and 2013, attention will once again turn to J. R. R. Tolkien's classic works. In a culture where truth is relative and morality is viewed as old-fashioned, we welcome the chance to view the world through hobbit eyes: we have free will, our choices matter, and living a morally heroic life is possible.
In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Tolkien expert Matthew Dickerson shows how a Christian worldview and Christian themes undergird Tolkien's Middle-earth writings and how they are fundamentally important to understanding his vision. This revised and expanded edition of "Following Gandalf" includes new material on torture, social justice, and the importance of the body.
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  • Microfilm | 272 pages
  • 147.32 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 362.87g
  • Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • 1587433001
  • 9781587433009
  • 833,398

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Discover the Enchantment of Tolkien's Middle-earth
"What are the costs of military victory? Is mercy sometimes too expensive? Can torture ever be justified? Are there any moral absolutes in a world of competing faiths and cultures? "A Hobbit Journey "traces these and many other issues through their surprisingly detailed presentation in Tolkien's fiction. If anyone should still doubt Tolkien's applicability and relevance to the twenty-first century, this is the book to put in their hands."
--Thomas Shippey, author of "J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
"J. R. R. Tolkien's stories are countries full of treasure that will go undiscovered and unappreciated unless we learn how to be attentive treasure hunters. Matthew Dickerson writes as one who has spent his summers in the Shire, hiked every trail in Mirkwood Forest, taken counsel from Gandalf, and argued with Gollum and Smaug. It's as though he sharpened the tools of his intellect in deep conversation with Tolkien himself. He will prove to be a thought-provoking guide through Middle-earth whether you're a frequent visitor there or a newcomer ready for the adventure of a lifetime."
--Jeffrey Overstreet, author of "Auralia's Colors" and "Through a Screen Darkly
""A Hobbit Journey" instantly engages readers with its combination of scholarly knowledge and love for J. R. R. Tolkien's work. Matthew Dickerson resists imposing his own rigid, limiting thesis and instead interprets the text by simply pointing out to fellow readers what is there. In doing so he illuminates the power of Tolkien's stories to challenge, delight, and transform us."
--Colin Duriez, author of "Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship" and "J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
""A Hobbit Journey" is a grand accomplishment: a thoughtful exploration of the virtues and values that sustain the heartbeat of Tolkien's Middle-earth. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I expect that you will too."
--Diana Pavlac Glyer, author of "The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community"
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About Matthew Dickerson

Matthew Dickerson (PhD, Cornell University) is a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, a writer, and the director of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf. His previous works include "From Homer to Harry Potter"; "The Mind and the Machine"; "Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis"; and "Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R .R. Tolkien."
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