The Hobbit and Five Faith Lessons

Created on October 1st, 2012

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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."
A Story of Long Ago

A Story of Long Ago

By Devin Brown
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… read more
Hobbit Lessons

Hobbit Lessons

By Devin Brown
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…
10 Things to Watch for in the Desolation of Smaug Trailer

10 Things to Watch for in the Desolation of Smaug Trailer

By Devin Brown
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… read more
The Christian World of The Hobbit

The Christian World of The Hobbit

By Devin Brown
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…
The Christian World of The Hobbit

The Christian World of The Hobbit

By Devin Brown
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… read more
Lesson #1: No Such Thing as Luck

Lesson #1: No Such Thing as Luck

By Devin Brown
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 … read more
Lesson #2: Strange Help in The Hobbit

Lesson #2: Strange Help in The Hobbit

By Devin Brown
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… read more
Lesson #3: “Very Good for You”

Lesson #3: “Very Good for You”

By Devin Brown
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… read more
Lesson #4: Figuring Out What is Right and Deciding to Do It

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

By Devin Brown
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… read more
Lesson #5: The Power of Gold

Lesson #5: The Power of Gold

By Devin Brown
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… read more