On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis  -     By: Louis Markos
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* J.R.R. Tolkien created the vast universe of Middle-earth and filled it with both virtuous and villainous characters. Taking us on a journey with Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, Markos reviews selected literary classics to show how great stories bring us so much more than entertainment. Rediscover the power of fantasy to transform reality! 208 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802443192
ISBN-13: 9780802443199
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The world of J. R. R. Tolkien is filled with strange creatures, elaborately crafted lore, ancient tongues, and magic that exists only in fantasy; yet the lessons taught by hobbits and wizards speak powerfully and practically to our real lives. Courage, valor, trust, pride, greed, and jealousy--these are not fictional virtues. This is the stuff of real life, the Christian life. Professor and author Louis Markos takes us on the road with Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, with looks at selected classic works of literature as well, to show how great stories bring us so much more than entertainment. They inspire and convict, imparting truth in unforgettable ways.

Rediscover the virtue of great storytelling and the power of fantasy to transform our reality.

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LOUIS MARKOS, is a professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University and holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. Dr. Markos is a respected and widly requested speaker on C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Christian worldview as well as the arts, education, the new age, apologetics and, ancient Greece and Rome. He is the author of several books and numerous lectures and articles. Dr. Markos lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Donna, his son Alex, and his daughter Stacey.

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    C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

    There are so many books written about these men and their work, and I own a selection myself: "The A to Z of C. S. Lewis" by Colin Duriez, "If I had Lunch with C. S. Lewis" by Alister McGrath, "The Spiritual World of the Hobbit" by James Stuart Bell, "Finding God in The Hobbit" and "Finding God in the Hobbit" by Jim Ware and Kurt Bruner....

    If you've been to Narnia or Middle Earth, you understand that one does not simply read those stories. It's more than processing words on the page. You live them, and they mark your mind with images and phrases that return to you over and over. When you call LOTR and Narnia "unforgettable," you're stating a fact, not mouthing a cliche.

    I can see why so many modern authors want to explore the legacy and the lives of Tolkien and Lewis, and I've enjoyed each supplementary wok that I've read. They've reminded me that small moments build to grand plots and heroes come when ordinary men are brave and giving.

    The newest addition to my collection is "On the Shoulders of Hobbits~ The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis." And that's what Louis Markos is talking about: virtue.

    The excellence that we recognized in the original tales- the glories that made our hearts beat faster- they're drawn out and expounded upon in this book.

    The fidelity and justice, friendship and courage.

    The longing for your own home and hearth when you're out in the dark and the danger.

    The hope of purity and restoration, even when all circumstances shout against it.

    The rightness of a King with hands of strength and healing.

    The truth that terror cannot cancel out all beauty.

    Louis Markos expands on each theme, cross referencing Narnia and LOTRs and quoting theologians and philosophers. His goal isn't to read anything into the text, or transplant "religion" into the world of Middle Earth. (Save your breath if you're going to make that claim.)

    Instead, he points us to Goodness, Truth, and Beauty in those worlds and reminds us to seek those virtues in ours.

    The authors of Narnia and LOTR knew what made a good story. They knew about death and life and sacrifice and hope. They were sub-creating after the pattern of our own Author, who writes the best Stories of all.

    Thank you to MP Newsroom for my review copy. I recommend this book.
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