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'The Christian World of The Hobbit' puts Tolkien's Christianity on subtle display

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  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Nov. 17, 2012 8:40 p.m.

    Companion reading to the Book of Mormon.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Nov. 18, 2012 5:58 p.m.

    @skeptic

    My! Aren't you clever and original!?

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    the fact that the Hobbit's character Bilbo Baggins is "lucky" seems to be a rather tawdry excuse to make this about Divine Providence, rather than simply what we in the writing community consider bad form these days, namely "Deus ex Machina", the concept that an act of God saves the characters the author/readers likes the most. It comes of contrived storytelling.

    Not that I don't doubt there are not plenty of Christian themes in Tolkien's writing, but the example chosen seems to indicate that any story that employs a character's luck is making a tribute to Christianity. (Not to mention that Christianity isn't the only God-based religion... One could argue that Bilbo was blessed by Vishnu and is Hindi, though it doesn't explicitly say it, one can imply that...)