Tumnus’ Bookself: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: Hobbit Lessons by Devin Brown

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NariaFans Book Reviews where we review any and all books by, about, and inspired by CS Lewis, the Land of Narnia, JRR Tolkien and the Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at Devin Brown’s new book, Hobbit Lessons.HobbitLessonscover

Title: Hobbit Lessons

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon

ISBN-10: 1426776020

ISBN-13: 978-1426776021

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C.S. Lewis Reviews “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” in Image and Imagination

Image and Imagination - C.S. LewisA new book published this week features reviews that C.S. Lewis wrote on J.R.R. Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and each part of The Lord of the Rings.  That book is called Image and Imagination.

This selection from the writings of C. S. Lewis gathers together forty book reviews, never before reprinted, as well as four major essays which have been unavailable for many decades. A fifth essay, ‘Image and Imagination,’ is published for the first time. Taken together, the collection presents some of Lewis’s finest literary criticism and religious exposition. The essays and reviews substantiate his reputation as an eloquent and authoritative critic across a wide range of literature, and as a keen judge of contemporary scholarship, while his reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings will be of additional interest to scholars and students of fantasy.

This book is available in paperback and for Amazon Kindle.

Here’s a short excerpt from Lewis’ review of The Hobbit to give you an idea of what you’ll find in this book:

Though all is marvellous, nothing is arbitrary: all the inhabitants of Wilderland seem to have the same unquestionable right to their existence as those of our own world, though the fortunate child who meets them will have no notion—and his unlearned elders not much more—of the deep sources in our blood and tradition from which they spring.

For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery. Alice is read gravely by children and with laughter by grown ups; The Hobbit, on the other hand, will be funnier to its youngest readers, and only years later, at a tenth or a twentieth reading, will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe, so friendly, and in its own way so true. Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.

The NarniaFans 2012 Christmas Gift Guide

So Christmas is coming fast and you are probably wondering what to get the people on your list? Well have no fear, NarniaFans is here to help you make your season merry and bright .Here are a few suggestions to help you out.

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Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews: “The Christian World of The Hobbit”

The Christian World of The HobbitHey, everybody, welcome back to Tumnus’ Bookshelf: The NarniaFans Book Reviews, where we review any and all books by about and inspired by CS Lewis, The land of Narnia and The Inklings. For today’s review we will be looking at Devin Brown’s new book The Christian World of The Hobbit.

Title: The Christian World of the Hobbit

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN-10: 142674949X

 ISBN-13:978-1426749490

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Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interview Series. Exploring “The Christian World of The Hobbit” Part 2 of 2.

Christian World of The HobbitHey, everybody, welcome back to Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans.com Interviews. We have an exciting two-part interview series with our long-time friend, Devin Brown, author of the Inside Narnia Series. We will be discussing his brand new book, The Christian World of The Hobbit.

Last time, we spoke with Professor Devin Brown, we talked about his interest in CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and talked a bit about the classes he teaches on Lewis and Tolkien at Asbury College. Now, we discuss a few details about his new book The Christian World of The Hobbit.

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Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans Interview Series. Exploring “The Christian World of The Hobbit” Part 1 of 2.

Devin BrownHey, everybody, welcome back to Through a New Wardrobe: The NarniaFans.com Interviews. We have an exciting two-part interview series with our long-time friend, Devin Brown, author of the Inside Narnia Series. We will be discussing his brand new book, The Christian World of The Hobbit.

 

For the first part of our series, we’ll catch up with Devin, how he came to discover Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, his courses at Asbury College on Lewis and Tolkien, and, yes, the status of Inside The Silver Chair.

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Win A New Book About The Hobbit

Devin Brown, author of Inside Narnia and two other books about Narnia has written a new book about The Hobbit. It’s called The Christian World of The Hobbit. The book doesn’t release until next month, but if you visit a special page over at the C.S. Lewis Minute, you can get a chance to win an autographed copy of it now. This contest is for U.S. residents only and you must visit the C.S. Lewis Minute site to enter to win. Deadline is tomorrow, Sunday, September 23rd at 6 p.m. Eastern.
You can also hear an exclusive interview with Devin Brown about the book and C.S. Lewis’s connection to The Hobbit by going to All About Jack podcast page.

Happy Hobbit Day 2012, to all Narnians!

Many of you may know that C.S. Lewis, author of Narnia, and J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit, were great friends.  In fact, if it weren’t for C.S. Lewis insisting that Tolkien write it, we may not have gotten the brilliant masterpiece that is The Lord of the Rings.  Lewis and Tolkien were both members of a group called the Inklings.

Today is Hobbit Day!  It’s a celebration of the birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, as well as the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.  You’ve gotta see everything that we’ve got planned for today.  It’s over twelve hours of video content with interviews, readings from The Hobbit, events, and much more.  Watch the event live with the video below, and visit HobbitDay.com for more!

Watch live streaming video from middleearth at livestream.com

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Trailer Now Online

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were great friends that inspired one another.  If you’d like, I will write a story on the many books that I know of that talk about this friendship.  Today, the first trailer was released for the next film set in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.  It is the first of a pair of films that are based on The Hobbit, which is the prelude to The Lord of the Rings.  From the look of the trailer, Peter Jackson has another homerun on his hands.  I cannot wait for these movies to be released.  Moreover, I cannot wait to do an epic five movie run of the entire saga.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of the two films, and will be released less than one year from today, on December 14, 2012.  It can’t come soon enough, for me.  The Lord of the Rings films did for me what I suspect the Star Wars films did for folk when those first came out.  I saw those again and again at the cinema.  They also brought me back into the world of Narnia, which lead directly to this website.  Yes, you have LOTR to thank for this website even existing.  (A small part of why I started a Narnia site was because of the friendship of Tolkien and Lewis would allow me to write about his works from time to time, as I am doing now.)  But that’s neither here nor there.

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The Hobbit – First Official Image from the Set

These are a couple of movies that I’m very excited about: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party and The Hobbit: There and Back Again are coming out in December 2012 and December 2013 respectively.  I cannot wait to see how Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth unfolds.  I’m not planning on reporting extensively about this, but I wanted to share the first official picture from the set of the film.

We’ll all have to wait until Dec. 14, 2012, for the full fruits of director Peter Jackson’s labors on his two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit. But, to tide us over, Jackson has shared the first images from his Lord of the Rings prequels with EW — and talked to us about how the fantasy epic is shaping up so far. (For the full story, pick up the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands June 24.)

Visit EW.com for a couple more pictures.  One with Gandalf the Grey and the other with Peter Jackson and Martin Freeman on the set. [EW.com]