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Jul 25, 2013

Finding God in The Lord Of The Rings: Book Review

Posted by Wendy Ewurum  |  at  8:17 PM





Author:   Kurt Bruner & Jim Ware
Kindle: $7.69 Paperback: 8.99
Series:     N
Genre:      Non-Fiction, Spiritual Life/Inspirational
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

THE STORY:
Recently named the number-one piece of twentieth century literature, The Lord of the Rings trilogy is more than a great story. It's a much-needed reminder that, like J. R. R. Tolkien's hobbits, we Christians are all on an epic quest. In examining the Christian themes in the trilogy, authors Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware find that truth and fiction are not as far apart as they seem. And that although Tolkien never intended for these books to present the gospel, when read in the light of Scripture they offer a rich tapestry of redemption, values, and faith against all odds from which we may learn much.

This blurb came from Goodreads.
This book is simply adorable. It is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration all related to the world reknowned Lord Of The Rings Trilogy penned by J.R.R Tolkien. That it links everything about Tolkien's back to his religious beliefs makes this book even more precious for me (no pun intended on "Precious").
I tend to have a problem with reading fantasy that makes references to Biblical matter but uses it for contradictory purposes. Which is perhaps why I just cannot buy into the prevailing ideas of paranormal that has “good demons and demonic angels breeding with humans”. 
But certainly, I fully identify with those where the things I believe in are upheld right side up.  This probably explains why I’ve watched the Tolkien movie triloy at least 30 times. Mind you, in one sitting they are about 9 hours long watched back to back.  Needless to say, I’m a hardcore fan.
Back to the book at hand. Here the writers, who are also clearly die hard Tolkien enthusiasts, go through a considerable analysis exercise of the different themes we come across in our journey through Middle Earth and highlight the parallels between what makes up Middle Earth and her people, and our world, events, the characters and precepts we find the Bible.
I loved the author’s reflection on his love for Tolkien’s work, his account of his visit to the little, dusty bar (The Eagle & Child) Oxford, England where Tolkien and his good friend C.S Lewis used to spend hours critiquing each other’s work (by the way did you know that J.R.R was one of the great influences that brought C.S. Lewis to the Christian faith), to the quoted biblical passages which are reflected in the books, and the quotes by J.R.R Tolkien himself which reflect his thoughts on what he thought he was writing about and why.

What I came to realize is that in writing the Lord of the Rings, Tolkien was not trying to recreate what happened before Adam and since but that in the creation of his own fairytale, his faith and view of the world and why we are having this life experience, worked its way in.
From a Christian perspective this was a complete delight for me because not only did I find the book gripping but it ministered to me with each page turned. For some reason, this comparison of events somewhat made the Bible even more real for me. Not in the sense that I would replace what I read from my Bible with Tolkien’s work but rather that it reinforced the idea that an evil entered our world at one time and each of us is an instrument to bringing back the goodness that once was. And one day, if we all play our role, in spite of things not seeming so with the naked eye, things will be set right as they were first intended. If we do not give up in despair.
NOT SO HOT:
As you can see I can find no fault in this one.  Loved the entire package contained within the mere 120 pages.



OVERALL:

As I mentioned earlier, I am a diehard fan and yet have never read any of Tolkien’s work although I have every book. I am now determined to read each and every last one, this books has shown me that I have missed out on a lot of good stuff by just watching the movies which by the way as you might know are sheer brilliance themselves. 
My recommendation goes along the lines that every dystopian/fantasy (speculative fiction) fan should get their hands on this one, especially if you have never considered reading Tolkien.

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