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TODAY’S HOT TOPIC – Will “The Hobbit” Be a Good Movie for Christians?

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Here comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It’s the first of three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular novel, and it hits theaters on December 14.

I’ve always been a fan of Tolkien novels. I find his writing to be an inspiration, although I have to admit, the movies are a little creepy.

J.R.R. Tolkein was openly Christian, and I believe the movies based on his books stay true to his worldview.

Take a look at the trailer below. Note first that the movie ratings for The Lord of the Rings movies is usually PG 13.

Because of the violence in these movies, I would also emphasize that I do not recommend any of them to pre-teen viewers.

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien novels and The Lord of the Rings movies will probably be the first in line to buy advance tickets (they’re going on sale way early…November 7!).

Do you think the movies based on Tolkien novels are worth seeing? Although they’re not as clear as the C.S. Lewis adaptations, have you found the Christian overtones in them? And what other movies (that aren’t necessarily billed as “Christian themed”) do you think are good for Christian teens to watch? 

Here are a couple I found:

“If anything, Frodo is a good example of what would have happened had Christ shirked his destiny with the cross. Instead of throwing the ring into the smouldering hell of the Mountain, he took it for himself…gave in to it’s dark draw and nearly undid in one moment all that the Fellowship had worked so hard for. In fact, were it not for the more powerfull greed of Smeagol, and his clumseyness, the ring would indeed have fallen into the hands of the dark one and all would have been darkness and death in Middle-earth. Frodo failed, having only faith in himself, as Christ would have failed had he decided to sneak out of the garden while the apostles slept under the olive trees…” — The Tolkien Forum

“I still can’t get past my original feeling that due to Tolkiens love of religion these tales must be in there own right religious. And not only must they be religious, but they must also reflect the religion of Tolkien. I’m not sure if the intention was Christianity, but many of the elements of the story do seem Christian. Iluvator as God, Melko as satan, Higher powers such as Elerbeth, Frodo as a mixed up Christ figure, and Gandalfs resurection all point to the underlying idea of Christianity.” — The Tolkien Forum

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31 Comments

  1. lotr1997

    Posted by lotr1997 on February 25, 2013 at 10:30

    The Hobbit was awesome, just so everyone knows! Exciting, funny, scary, and a couple of good looking dwarves! Not to mention adorable little Ori! There are so many Christian messages that can be found in LOTR and the Hobbit!

  2. susannah pemberton

    Posted by susannah pemberton on December 17, 2012 at 09:55

    looking forward too watching it LOVE the other three 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by lordslady108 on December 15, 2012 at 12:11

    Ha, lol! Right after I posted my comment I scrolled up and saw an advertisement for the Hobbit!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by lordslady108 on December 15, 2012 at 12:09

    My new youth pastor has used clips from the movies in his sermons. I was surprised by some of the values expressed in his films. (This was before I had read/seen any Lord of the Rings stories and also before my knowledge of Tolkien’s faith.)

  5. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on November 17, 2012 at 13:50

    ohmygosh!!!! THE WAIT FOR THE HOBBIT IS KILLING ME!!!
    I have known forever that The Lord of the Rings is God-influenced, which is part of the reason I love it so much!!! Books? AMAZING!!! Movies? AMAZING!!!
    LA-LA-LOVE IT!!!
    Thanks so much for this article!!!

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Phoenix Kyara on November 12, 2012 at 19:55

    I’ve always loved LOTRs and this is part of the reason why. Did you know that J.R.R.Tolkien is the one who brought C.S.Lewis to the lord? Interesting right?

  7. KeytotheKingdom

    Posted by KeytotheKingdom on November 12, 2012 at 13:42

    I was raised with the Lord of the Ring series and their biblical message behind them! I’m going to the Hobbit premier with a group and we are all dressing up, I’ll be dressed as an elve! ^_^
    J.R.R. Tolkien was a committed believer and I would definitely suggest the books to anybody!

  8. haleybailybobeep

    Posted by haleybailybobeep on November 10, 2012 at 21:59

    I think the review got it all wrong. I think that Frodo was intended to represent us as followers of Christ, we have an incredible task of following God’s plan for us. It’s hard, and rough, and we make mistakes along the way, but we always know that in the end, God will conquer evil. I think Gandolf is the Christ figure. Think about it… he was Gandolf the grey, and then he saved the fellowship by dying, then conquered death and came back as Gandolf the White, and so many other things point to him being the Christ figure and Sarumon being Satan.

    As a side note: Did you know CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien were friends in college?

  9. SunComesSmiling09

    Posted by SunComesSmiling09 on November 10, 2012 at 11:24

    I cannot wait to see it! I’m reading the book now. Martin Freeman is an excellent actor and is the perfect roll for our dearest hero! And not to mention it’s such a brilliant story!

  10. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on November 9, 2012 at 21:28

    Of course, in my opinion, these are waayyyy better than alot of stuff teens watch now days!!!! I love both J.R.R Tolkein and C.S Lewis, and i have only read the Hobbit, but i really wanna read the rest of the series!!! (and i have read the whole narnia series twice haha)

  11. Midnight

    Posted by Midnight on November 9, 2012 at 16:07

    Funny thing is Eurydice and I were talking about this earlier.Nifty! 🙂 Can’t wait for The Hobbit, seeing as how my family and friends are all LOTR fans! 😀

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by NHope on November 6, 2012 at 13:32

    The Lord of the Rings are my favorite books and movies! I CANNOT wait for the Hobbit to come out!! There is definitely a lot of Christian symbolism in LOTR, and I think that adds a lot to it for Christian viewers.

  13. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 6, 2012 at 00:44

    I don’t like these movies,I watched the first series and they are boring to me. I’ve never read the books either. I do know that people all around the world are HUGE fans.

  14. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on November 5, 2012 at 22:21

    Yay! The Hobbit is coming out on my birthday!!!!!!! I am so excited for it. I agree with these girls, too; lotr has numerous christian themes in it, most notably the theme of overcoming temptation and the inner struggle with it.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by sunnylass on November 5, 2012 at 17:52

    I love these movies we own all three and i cant wait for this movie! One of mine and my dads favorite quotes is when frodo is talking about how he doesn’t want whats happening to him ( i think its in the first movie) and Gandalf says ” so do all who live to see such times but that is not for them to decide all we have to decide is what to do with the time given us” I think this is soooo inspirational!

  16. horse-lover

    Posted by horse-lover on November 5, 2012 at 15:56

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE LORD OF THE RINGS!!! I’ve got the movies memorized and have been through the books more than once. I can’t WAIT to go see the Hobbit! My sister and my two good friends are going to go and see it. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Doodle890 on November 5, 2012 at 14:16

    I’ve been waiting for this movie basically my entire life. My family and I are HUGE Tolkien fans and we are such Lord of the Rings nerds, so hearing about them making The Hobbit movie years ago definitely contributed to the excitement in my life in a big way!!!! We’re all going to camp out at the movies for the premiere! I can’t wait!! 😀

  18. Emi

    Posted by Emi on November 5, 2012 at 13:58

    I have been a fan of both movies and books almost my whole life. At least since my parents took me to the premiere of the first Lord of the Rings movie at age 6! What were they thinking?!?

    It’s not until now I can fully understand and appreciate the Christian overtones. I’m so thankful we Christian teens don’t have to be deprived, but instead have good entertainment, such as this, to enjoy. And there’s always lots to learn from them.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Doodle890 on November 5, 2012 at 14:17

      Well said! And yeah, my parents sucked me into it when I was super little as well. :p

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by QuannasLove on November 5, 2012 at 13:38

    One of my favorite analogies in the Middle Earth books is in The Return of the King, when Gollum is turns Frodo against Sam. Gollum said what would sound reasonable, told Frodo what he wanted to hear, and through his temptation he turned Frodo against his best friend so that Frodo made Sam leave, even when he needed him most. A great reminder to never listen to that little voice, to the devil tempting you, destroying you.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by Alyssa R. on November 5, 2012 at 13:13

    I’m waiting to read the rest of the trilogy until I can open a book without being addicted to it – “Fellowship” got me so stranded in Middle Earth, I couldn’t hold a conversation without quoting it! The 2nd Tolkien Forum quote about says it. Only I disagree with Frodo being a Christ figure, I think he’s any one of us, like Christian in Pilgrim’s Progress.

  21. violinist4Him

    Posted by violinist4Him on November 5, 2012 at 12:36

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lord of the Rings, I’m actually in the middle of reading them right now. I will see the hobbit but not until after I read the book. JRR Tolkien is my 2nd favorite author under CS Lewis. <3

  22. jessicarose

    Posted by jessicarose on November 5, 2012 at 10:20

    I am actually a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and I can not wait until the Hobbit hits theatre’s. (J.R.R. Tolkien was Catholic, btw.)

    To me, one of the biggest Christian “part” was in one scene, (I think in the second movie adaption), Gollum and Smiegel are arguing with eachtoher and Gollum yells, “Go away and never come back” (or something along those lines), and then “Smiegel” leaves and it’s just Gollum left to make the right decisions. (later in the return of the king Smiegel does come back though and lead them all the wrong direction). But my point is, is that that is a great moral lesson that we can “cast away” our negative thoughts and desires.
    NONE OF THIS IS MY IDEA. Haha.. one of my friends explained this to me.

    I also think the movies are extremely well made and the acting is great!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 1_artist on November 10, 2012 at 16:03

      J.R.R. Tolkien was actually a devout Catholic, which explains the Christian overtones. I watched a special about him and how he got many of his ideas for the LotR trilogy, it’s very interesting. I’ve always thought The Lord of the Rings was pretty cool, I was obsessed with the movies when I was 9 years old, lol.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by NHope on November 6, 2012 at 13:29

      oops, I think you got Gollum and Smeagol mixed up. Gollum is the bad version who goes away for a while and Smeagol was the name of the actual person he was before he found the ring 🙂

    • Emi

      Posted by Emi on November 5, 2012 at 14:00

      About the Gollum talking to himself thing–that’s exactly what I got out of it too! It is a great lesson to learn, because whenever I have negetive thoughts, I just gotta tell it to go away. 🙂 I totally agree with everything you just said.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by QuannasLove on November 5, 2012 at 10:07

    I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I’m reading the book “The Hobbit” right now! It’s fantastic, and I CAN’T WAIT!!!! to see the movie! SO EXCITED!! Buying my ticket at midnight 😀

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ella.mckenzie.17 on November 12, 2012 at 14:29

      OH MY GOSH I AM SO EXCITED! There are so many Christian themes in the LOTR movies, too. I watched them with my dad (he’s a pastor) and he kept telling me, “So-and-so represents Jesus in this instance” and stuff like that. I am in love with these books and movies, and I can’t wait to see The Hobbit!

    • Becky J.

      Posted by Becky J. on November 7, 2012 at 12:44

      I was about to write almost the exact same thing you wrote! I laughed when I saw your comment because I also started reading “The Hobbit” just a few days ago.:D