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A Hobbit’s Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Matthew Dickerson, and: A Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible by Ed Strauss (review)

A Hobbit’s Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Matthew... Book Reviews might have interested Tolkien included “The Problem of Evil,” “The Philosophy of History” (by A. J. Toynbee), “A Philosophy of Fictions,” “Bull-roarers and High Gods,” and—yes—“Immortality.” John Garth Oxford, England A Hobbit’s Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle- earth, by Matthew Dickerson. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2012. xii, 260 pp. $16.99 (trade paperback). ISBN 9781587433009. A Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible, by Ed Strauss. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour, 2012. 319 pp. $9.99 (paperback). ISBN 9781616267438. Here are two new books about Tolkien in which the author of the first could be (but probably isn’t) talking about the second. Matthew Dickerson warns of the danger of trying to “reduce” Tolkien’s writings to “any one particular lesson, or to a disguised (or ill-disguised) tract on some political, religious, or philosophical topic—or to an allegory.” The problem with this approach is not so much that the politics or re- ligion or philosophy might be falsely imposed on the text, which does in fact have “applicability” to such things, as that the writer might “miss the story as story” (12). And it is in the story as story that any applicabil- ity (Tolkien’s own word) is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

A Hobbit’s Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth by Matthew Dickerson, and: A Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible by Ed Strauss (review)

Tolkien Studies , Volume 10 – Jul 18, 2013

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Book Reviews might have interested Tolkien included “The Problem of Evil,” “The Philosophy of History” (by A. J. Toynbee), “A Philosophy of Fictions,” “Bull-roarers and High Gods,” and—yes—“Immortality.” John Garth Oxford, England A Hobbit’s Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle- earth, by Matthew Dickerson. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2012. xii, 260 pp. $16.99 (trade paperback). ISBN 9781587433009. A Hobbit Devotional: Bilbo Baggins and the Bible, by Ed Strauss. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour, 2012. 319 pp. $9.99 (paperback). ISBN 9781616267438. Here are two new books about Tolkien in which the author of the first could be (but probably isn’t) talking about the second. Matthew Dickerson warns of the danger of trying to “reduce” Tolkien’s writings to “any one particular lesson, or to a disguised (or ill-disguised) tract on some political, religious, or philosophical topic—or to an allegory.” The problem with this approach is not so much that the politics or re- ligion or philosophy might be falsely imposed on the text, which does in fact have “applicability” to such things, as that the writer might “miss the story as story” (12). And it is in the story as story that any applicabil- ity (Tolkien’s own word) is

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