The Hobbit, God's Call to Adventure - John Van Sloten

December 09, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryTolkien’s, The Hobbit, what desire in you does this story whet? What can we learn from Tolkien and the bible that will help us understand God as we view the movie?

“Fairy-stories were plainly not primarily concerned with possibility, but with desirability. If they awakened desire, satisfying it while often whetting it unbearably, they succeeded.”
J.R.R. Tolkien in ‘On Fairy Stories’, page 41

“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 not they 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 are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!” Page 387, The Hobbit

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
The Prophet Isaiah 7:14, TNIV

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called 
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace
there will be no end.
 He will reign on David’s throne
 and over his kingdom, 
establishing and upholding it
 with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
 will accomplish this.”
The Prophet Isaiah 9:6-7, TNIV

“The Gospels (the stories of Jesus Christ) contain a fairy story, or a story of a larger kind that embraces all the essence of fairy stories. They contain many marvels, particularly artistic, beautiful and moving; mythical in their perfect self contained significance... But this story has entered history... this story is supreme; and it is true. Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels and of men – and of elves.”
J.R.R. Tolkien in The Tolkien Reader 1966, 88, in B&W xiii

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December 27, 2012
This is very great! I believe the Hobbit helped strengthened my faith in God when I was young.
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