The Christian World of the Hobbit
by Devin Brown
In his beloved story, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien takes readers
into a world unlike any other, yet so much seems familiar. As Bilbo
journeys there and back again, glimpses of the spiritual are seen.
Previous guides to Tolkien’s fiction have often made one of two wrong
turnings: either they have entirely overlooked the Christian elements or
they have claimed to find “Christian” elements everywhere, going far
beyond the fundamental aspects that have been absorbed into the story.
The Christian World of The Hobbit does what no book has done: it brings Tolkien fans new delight by introducing a side of Tolkien that is rarely explored but vitally important to his writings—especially to The Hobbit. Written by internationally regarded Tolkien scholar, Devin Brown, this approachable, witty, and highly entertaining book offers up fresh perspectives to fans of The Hobbit, both the book and the film adaptation.