The Hobbit and Five Faith Lessons

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Devin Brown, author of "Hobbit Lessons" and "The Christian World of The Hobbit" explores the Christian element vitally important to Tolkien's writings. He's also written five short lessons about faith evident in Tolkien's book "The Hobbit."

  1. A Story of Long Ago

    Articles A Story of Long Ago

    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. —The Hobbit, Chapter One The adventure and our hobbit lessons begin differently for each of us. My own began with a vacation…

  2. Hobbit Lessons

    Product Hobbit Lessons

    • By Devin Brown
    • Posted on October 1st, 2013

    Lessons on joy, friendship, dedication, sacrifice, and more will appeal to Hobbit fans, parents, teachers, librarians, graduates—and anyone looking for a creative way to explore …

  3. 10 Things to Watch for in the Desolation of Smaug Trailer

    Blog 10 Things to Watch for in the Desolation of Smaug Trailer

    At the end of Hobbit 1, we last saw the company of dwarves plus hobbit and wizard high upon the eagle's rock shelf, gazing off into the distance at the Lonely Mountain. Here are…

  4. The Christian World of The Hobbit

    Product The Christian World of The Hobbit

    • By Devin Brown
    • Posted on October 1st, 2012

    In his beloved story The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien takes readers into a world unlike any other, yet so much seems familiar. As Bilbo journeys there and back again, glimpses of the…

  5. The Christian World of The Hobbit

    Video The Christian World of The Hobbit

    Author Devin Brown has also written a five-part series, "Five Faith Lessons from The Hobbit" — Perfect for discussing with youth or adult small groups after seeing the new…

  6. Lesson #1: No Such Thing as Luck

    Articles Lesson #1: No Such Thing as Luck

    Seeing God’s Providence in the Events Around You The word luck appears twenty-five times in The Hobbit, luckily is used eleven times, and the word lucky nine times. We find …

  7. Lesson #2: Strange Help in The Hobbit

    Articles Lesson #2: Strange Help in The Hobbit

    In chapter ten, Bilbo looks out over the landscape as he floats downriver on the raft of barrels. Soon the trees of Mirkwood thin out and come to an end, the lands open wide, and…

  8. Lesson #3: “Very Good for You”

    Articles Lesson #3: “Very Good for You”

    Purpose in The Hobbit As we have seen, Bilbo’s adventures are brought about not with luck, but with a special kind of providential help. They also have a special kind of…

  9. Lesson #4: Figuring Out What is Right and Deciding to Do It

    Articles Lesson #4: Figuring Out What is Right and Deciding to Do It

    In Tolkien’s fiction, although the moral decisions characters must make are often complex and therefore difficult, there is always a choice that is right—not just…

  10. Lesson #5: The Power of Gold

    Articles Lesson #5: The Power of Gold

    Perhaps the most pervasive problem which Tolkien sets within the moral landscape of The Hobbit is the excessive desire for wealth. A problem at the root of much, if not all, of…