Why Is Tolkien's Hobbit So Compelling?Start: Sun, March 23 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Naperville Presbyterian Church
Dr Jerry Root has lectured in more than 30 countries and has specialized in the Oxford scholars C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Join us as Jerry explains why Tolkien's imaginary world of Middle Earth gives us such joy.
For Tolkien, joy is the mark of true Fantasy: “The peculiar quality of the ‘joy’ in successful Fantasy can thus be explained as a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth.” Fantasy for Tolkien then is not an escape from reality, but is a doorway to reality. From experiencing the joys that a true fantasy provides, someone may be stirred to the real world and the truths that such a story may picture. Tolkien’s world gives spiritual joy, insight and food for spiritually hungry modern people. Come and listen to Dr. Root unfold how Tolkien’s Hobbit gives us a vision of true life.
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