Video from Ryan Reeves
"J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is a timeless classic of fantasy. Tolkien was a member of the Inklings, though, and so purposefully devoted a lot of time to infusing literary, philosophical, and theological themes into The Hobbit. This lecture examines the background to The Hobbit and Tolkien's ideas in his writing the Lord of the Rings. For the best books on Tolkien and his background check these out: Tom Shippey's biography: http://amzn.to/2dChoJu
Classic biography: http://amzn.to/2dCh5hY
The Road to Middle Earth: http://amzn.to/2dCikOb
For the best books on C.S. Lewis and his background: George Sayer's biography 'Jack': http://amzn.to/2hHlUJQ
Alan Jacob's book 'The Narnian': http://amzn.to/2gNeFy8
Michael Ward 'Planet Narnia': http://amzn.to/2hyhJx1
Ryan M. Reeves (PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary." from video introduction.