The Hobbit Party

The Hobbit Party

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Anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can gather that their author hated tyranny, but few know that the novelist who once described himself as a hobbit a€œin all but sizea€ wasa€”even by hobbit standardsa€”a zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. There is a growing concern among many that the West is sliding into political, economic, and moral bankruptcy. In his beloved novels of Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has drawn us a map to freedom. Scholar Joseph Pearce, who himself has written articles and chapters on the political significance of Tolkiena€™s work, testified in his book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, a€œIf much has been written on the religious significance of The Lord of the Rings, less has been written on its political significancea€”and the little that has been written is often erroneous in its conclusions and ignorant of Tolkiena€™s intentionsa€b. Much more work is needed in this area, not least because Tolkien stated, implicitly at least, that the political significance of the work was second only to the religious in its importance.a€ Several books ably explore how Tolkiena€™s Catholic faith informed his fiction. None until now have centered on how his passion for liberty and limited government also shaped his work, or how this passion grew directly from his theological vision of man and creation. The Hobbit Party fills this void. The few existing pieces that do focus on the subject are mostly written by scholars with little or no formal training in literary analysis, and even less training in political economy. Witt and Richards bring to The Hobbit Party a combined expertise in literary studies, political theory, economics, philosophy, and theology.16See Fred Sandersa#39; online essay a€œT. S. Eliot: Things That Can Just Barely Be Saida€, Scriptorium, April 12, 2007, -eliot-things-that -can-just-barely-be-said/. The essay offers a good discussion of anbsp;...

Title:The Hobbit Party
Author:Jay Richards, Jonathan Witt
Publisher:Ignatius Press - 2014-09-18


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