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The Hidden Purpose of the Hobbit's Adventure
Gandalf promises Bilbo Baggins a "profitable" quest, but the wizard has a different sort of treasure in mind.
Tolkien: Man Behind the Myth
At odds with his world, he created another.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Tolkien's classic quest is interpreted through the wider lens of his full Middle-Earth works.
Subscriber Access Only Tolkien's Epic Wins 11 Overdue Oscars; Passion "Grosses" Greatly
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ties the Oscar record. The Passion of The Christ, a "loser" with critics, is a box office blockbuster. Meanwhile, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is dirty and dumb, Twisted is torture, Eurotrip is trash, and Clifford's Big Movie charms the kids.
The Lord of the Rings, The Passion of the Christ, and the Highway of Holiness
Has God been "re-routing" us through popular movies, books, and cultural events?
Saint J. R. R. the Evangelist
Tolkien wanted his Lord of the Rings to echo the "Lord of Lords"—but do we have ears to hear?
Subscriber Access Only Books & Culture's Book of the Week: The Doom of Choice
Fate, free will, and moral responsibility in Tolkien.
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The Return of the King: Best Picture, Perhaps, But Not Best Version
The author of The Battle for Middle-Earth examines the missing theology of the cinematic blockbuster.
Subscriber Access Only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Christian virtues of humility and sacrifice filter through a tarnished triumph.
Subscriber Access Only A Feeling for Language
Without philology, Middle-earth would never have exisited. But what is philology?
Subscriber Access Only Good & Evil in Middle-earth
The characters are mythic, but the epic sweeps across a Christian moral landscape.
Subscriber Access Only Hobbits & Englishmen
His were small people surmounting impossible odds.
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