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
More Stories Like This on Project Inspired: