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Understanding J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit - Ryan Reeves

Updated: Sep 17, 2022

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:

Classic biography:

The Road to Middle Earth:

For the best books on C.S. Lewis and his background: George Sayer's biography 'Jack':

Alan Jacob's book 'The Narnian':

Michael Ward 'Planet Narnia':

Ryan M. Reeves (PhD Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary." from video introduction.

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