A hundred years ago, no one had ever heard of a hobbit. But you would be hard-pressed today to find anyone who didn’t immediately recognize this short fictional creature with large fuzzy feet. Most amazing of all is the faith behind J.R.R. Tolkien, the man who created the myth behind The Lord of the Rings.
As Amazon Studios launches the most expensive show in history based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, we thought now would be a good time to call professor and historian Dr. Joseph Loconte, author of the New York Times bestselling book A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War, to talk about Tolkien’s faith, wartime experiences, and influence on the conversion of C.S. Lewis.
On this episode of the Great Stories Podcast, you’ll get to hear Loconte offer a unique perspective on how the first mechanized war in history affected Tolkien’s faith and led him to write one of the most revered stories of all time.
More on J.R.R. Tolkien
- Read this article to learn how Tolkien uses ‘eucatastrophe’ in his stories as a way for God to offer a “sudden and miraculous grace” in his stories.
- Listen to this week’s Haven Today radio series for more on The Power Behind Tolkien.
- Listen to our previous interview with Dr. Joseph Loconte on how WWI influenced the faith and writing of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.
- Get a copy of the print edition or the audiobook of Loconte’s A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War.
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