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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2012
Availability: In Stock
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.
author of J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
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.
author of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship and J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
Most fantasy novels are like amusement parks--full of familiar sights, sounds, smells, and thrills. But J. R. R. Tolkien's stories, which have inspired legions of imitators, offer much more than amusement. They 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.
author of Auralia's Colors and Through a Screen Darkly
"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
theTRuNorthern, VAAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5on a Great [Spiritual] Journey with a HobbitFebruary 27, 2013theTRuNorthern, VAAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2RATING 2.75
(Recommendation depends on circumstances and expectations)
Dickerson may have gone far beyond the deep end in his explorations of the text. Shrouded in academics and literary criticism, A HOBBIT JOURNEY seeks to excavate meaning from The Hobbit with thorough analysis and complete immersion in the text. The problem with this book is that it takes things more seriously than many people might find healthy. It's a more difficult read, as Dickerson tosses around ten-dollar words and makes this more akin to a collegiate dissertation than a casual discussion.
This book tackles heavy issues, such as wartime ethics, deep theological aspects of military accomplishments, moral responsibility, and social justice, among others. Now, I'm not saying that these issues aren't addressed, or at least illustrated, in the pages of The Hobbit, but the added weight of over-analysis usurps the whimsy and joy of the text. There is a time and place (and audience) for this book - and it's intricately researched well written - but my instincts lead me to believe that Dickerson would rather invest his time in proverbial lofty towers (or a comfortable Hobbit hole in the Shire) trading philosophies than implementing these lessons in a practical sense. And it's precisely this irony that makes it hard for me to enjoy this book.
- from TRudATmusic[dot]com[slash]raw 1/8/13
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