Finding God In The Hobbit Analysis

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“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” -- so begins a story that seems to have sprung to life of its own accord. As Tolkien himself stated, he picked up a pen and scrawled those ten little words on the blank page of a student examination book. Tolkien made clear throughout his life that didn’t set out to write a covert allegory of the Gospel, and yet his story is rich in spiritual significance and “filled with images of transcendent truth.” Finding God in the Hobbit pXX As Jim Ware points out in his work, “Finding God in the Hobbit,” “At a certain level an artist’s character and worldview are more important than his stated goals and intentions…and this inevitably comes through in his work…And the writer’s most deeply held beliefs and convictions are generally in his tale.” Finding God in the Hobbit pXXI
Unlike his contemporary, C.S. Lewis, who had a dull, lifeless Christian upbringing, Tolkien lost his mother as a young boy and blamed her death on the religious oppression that happened because of her conversion to Catholicism. This significantly impacted him and was one factor in Tolkien becoming such a devout
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As stated previously, Tolkien clearly articulated that his faith and Christian belief permeated his writing. That he “actually intended it [his story] to be consonant with Christian thought and belief” (Finding God in the Hobbit pXXI). Peter Jackson has been quite candid that while he does not share Tolkien’s religious beliefs, he also brought to the project an awareness of Tolkien’s faith, and a desire to honor his themes Prodigal Blog. This may be seen most simply in the exchange between Frodo and Gandalf in what might be seen as a Gethsemane moment in The Lord of the Rings; “I wish the ring had never come to me,” Frodo laments. “I wish none of this had happened.” And Gandalf replies wisely

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