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 ain all but sizea wasaeven by hobbit standardsaa 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 Tolkienas work, testified in his book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, aIf much has been written on the religious significance of The Lord of the Rings, less has been written on its political significanceaand the little that has been written is often erroneous in its conclusions and ignorant of Tolkienas intentionsab. 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 Tolkienas 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 aT. S. Eliot: Things That Can Just Barely Be Saida, Scriptorium, April 12, 2007, http://www.scriptoriumdaily.com/2007/04/12/t-s -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|