On the Shoulders of Hobbits The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis

ISBN-10: 0802443192
ISBN-13: 9780802443199
Edition: 2012
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Description: 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. Lewis  More...

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 10/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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. Lewis  Courage, valor, and 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.

Margarita R. Cabellon is the executive director of BridgeLeader Network. She coordinates training and speaking engagements on diversity issues with churches, businesses and other large organizations. She also creates educational opportunities for her local community to learn more about racial reconciliation and other diversity issues. Margarita was introduced to BLN when she and husband Paul began attendng Bridgeway Commuity Church in Columbia, Maryland in September 2004.Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.Dr. Markos holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and teaches classes on Ancient Greece and Rome for HBU's Honors College. He is the author of 9 books:From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age, The Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World like a Romantic Poet, Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, Apologetics for the 21st Century, Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis, Literature: A Student's Guide, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis, and Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition.

Jeff Todd Titon is professor of music at Brown University and author of Downhome Blues Lyrics, Powerhouse for God, and Give Me This Mountain.

Foreword
Introduction: Stories to Steer By
The Road
The Lure of the Road
Responding to the Call
Dangers on the Road
The End of the Road
The Classical Virtues
The Courage to Endure
Temperance and Tobacco
The Wisdom that Discerns
The Justice of the King
The Theological Virtues
Rehabilitating Friendship
The Eyes of Faith
Hope and the Happy Ending
The Love that Pities and Forgives
Evil
Forbidden Fruit
Perversion and Corruption
Blinded by the Light
Egyptian Alliances
Conclusion: In Defense of Stories
Tolkien and Middle-Earth: A Bibliographical Essay
Lewis and Narnia: A Bibliographical Essay
Acknowledgments
Index

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