A Reason to See The Hobbit

Posted: December 28, 2012 in books, movies

GandalfMel Duncan reviews The Hobbit for Reformation21:

In addition to Freeman’s Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) is very well cast, as is Thorin’s kinsman Balin (Scottish actor Ken Stott). Indeed, Balin’s helpfulness in explaining the mission of Thorin’s Company of Dwarves to a confused Bilbo Baggins ought to be a role model for how Ruling Elders supplement the ministry of Teaching Elders in every local church…

Later he writes,

By all means go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, then go see it again. You will recognize the story as vaguely Christian. But better yet read The Hobbit, especially to your children, as my brothers did to me growing up and as I have had the privilege to do to my own children. Listen now to how the story ends:

 “Then the prophecies of the old songs have turned out to be true, after a fashion!” said Bilbo.

“Of course!” said Gandalf. “And why should they not prove true? Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies, because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”

“Thank goodness!” said Bilbo laughing…

Be sure to read to the end, lest you miss Duncan’s highly entertaining appendix (Abridged Guide to Evangelicalism as Middle Earth)…

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