Monday, April 14, 2014
On the Shoulders of Hobbits- Louis Markos
My Rating: 3 stars
Descriptions: The world of J. R. R. Tolkien is filled with strange creatures, elaborately crafted lore, ancient tongues, and magic that exists only in fantasy; yet the lessons taught by hobbits and wizards speak powerfully and practically to our real lives. Courage, valor, trust, pride, greed, and jealousy--these are not fictional virtues. This is the stuff of real life, the Christian life. Professor and author Louis Markos takes us on the road with Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, with looks at selected classic works of literature as well, to show how great stories bring us so much more than entertainment. They inspire and convict, imparting truth in unforgettable ways.
Rediscover the virtue of great storytelling and the power of fantasy to transform our reality.
My Thoughts: As a book to learn life lessons from, I would not rate this very high. It does speak of virtues and their application in the stories of C. S. Lewis and Tolken and what they mean to us. However, I found it far more useful from a story telling stand point and writing of ones own stories, then learning from these authors.
On the Shoulders of Hobbits does give some insight into interpretation of events in LOTR, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Hobbit and what can be taken from them. Yet it was more of a condemnation of modern values (not all of which I disagreed with), but not as much the exploration of the before mentioned works as suggested.
I received this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.