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(Washington Post)   Why "The Hobbit" is a Christian film   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Christian film, Nordic countries, Lexington, Kentucky, C.S. Lewis, liberal arts colleges, subtext  
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2012-12-15 08:27:23 PM  
10 votes:
Because Jesus Christ, how long can you stretch this story out?
2012-12-15 09:51:43 PM  
4 votes:
Bilbo fought a dragon, just like jesus.
2012-12-15 08:58:58 PM  
4 votes:
I'd follow Gandalf or Aslan over most of the bible.

They kick ass and are intelligently designed.
2012-12-16 01:34:08 AM  
3 votes:

Because Catholics and the RCC take what they want, force you to convert at swordpoint (or kill you if you refused) and then call it their own?

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2012-12-15 09:27:17 PM  
3 votes:
Pfft! Next thing you'll be trying to tell me The Chronicles of Narnia is some kind of Christian allegory.
2012-12-15 11:35:11 PM  
2 votes:

DamnYankees: I've yet to find a movie which hasn't been interpreted as such.

Life of Brian?
2012-12-15 09:29:14 PM  
2 votes:
Yes, with all the Norse themes and Celtic imagery, it's easy to see the Christian basis in there.

....why do people keep trying?
2012-12-15 09:26:21 PM  
2 votes:

antidisestablishmentarianism: AverageAmericanGuy: And let's face it, Tolkein was a pretty boring storyteller.

I tried reading The Hobbit in middle school. I didn't get very far before I was bored out of my skull. I preferred Stephen King and Michael Crichton over Tolkein.

What do you think of the Twilight series?
2012-12-15 08:22:34 PM  
2 votes:
Tolkein was a staunch Catholic, but he wasn't particularly overt in his books. Well, as long as you don't count all the goddamn singing his characters do.
2012-12-16 05:49:02 AM  
1 vote:
"Jesus? Yes.... that is what they used top call me. Jesus of Nazareth."

"You can call me Jesus the White."
2012-12-16 02:54:48 AM  
1 vote:

/caps mean I'm yelling.
2012-12-16 12:55:33 AM  
1 vote:
If it gets otherwise strict Christian parents to expose their Christian children to Tolkien's tales, sure, why not.
2012-12-16 12:19:27 AM  
1 vote:
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Makes sense. I view the Hobbit as a continuation of the Christian themes in all of Peter Jackson's other films.
2012-12-16 12:10:05 AM  
1 vote:

Arumat: I wonder how Lord of the Rings would've turned out if Gandalf had failed to stop the balrog under Moria and it killed the rest of the fellowship and took possession of the One Ring.

'Well, This is a Waste of Time" by JRR Tolkien
2012-12-15 11:03:13 PM  
1 vote:
Don't worry guys. If The Hobbit is too boring I'm sure Michael Bay is working on something that'll be more your speed.
2012-12-15 10:53:36 PM  
1 vote:

graggor: this is final farewell to the tolkien univserse. peter jackson seems to have it right so far.

Just wait until he gets his hands on the Silmarilion. It'll probably end up being 16 four hour movies.
2012-12-15 10:38:58 PM  
1 vote:
I think I recall that C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and G. K. Chesterton were drinking buddies.
2012-12-15 10:13:32 PM  
1 vote:

Blasphemous Knave: Tolkien was indeed a devout Catholic and one can certainly see that influence in the cosmology of Middle Earth as well as numerous mythological elements (particularly Eru Illuvatar as an expy of Yahweh), but beyond that it's not very prominent.

It's very Hero's Journey, with an extra splash of homespun Hobbityness, not Christian allegory.

Yeah its fun to notice humans just make shiat up. I am sure there are some serious nerds who believe this stuff happened too....

I am talking about the bible if you didnt know.
2012-12-15 09:48:44 PM  
1 vote:
Time to pull this out again:

"I cordially dislike allegory in all its manifestations, and always have done so since I grew old and wary enough to detect its presence. I much prefer history - true or feigned- with its varied applicability to the thought and experience of readers. I think that many confuse applicability with allegory, but the one resides in the freedom of the reader, and the other in the purposed domination of the author." - JRR Tolkien

No, neither The Hobbit nor The LOTR is an allegory for the Bible or for World War II or for communism or your burnt popcorn, for that matter. Get over it.
2012-12-15 09:48:35 PM  
1 vote:
"an everyman who has no ability, a total dolt who has no skills," as Jane Chance, professor emeritus of English at Rice University and editor of "Tolkien and the Invention of Myth," put it.

The hell you say.

Bilbo made a mean batch of seed cakes and put together one hell of a spread on the shortest possible notice. And he had a cellar for his beer, which makes him aces in my book right off the bat.
2012-12-15 09:00:08 PM  
1 vote:

Lsherm: Tolkein was a staunch Catholic, but he wasn't particularly overt in his books. Well, as long as you don't count all the goddamn singing his characters do.

I don't view them as religious stories, except in that Tolkien's religion would have informed his world view and his sense of what is right and what is wrong. Frodo and Bilbo are not allegorical Jesuses (Jesii?) they're more along the lines of Joseph Campbell's hero with a thousand faces.
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