Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Theological Journey

As the final installment of the Warner Bros fantasy blockbuster, The Hobbit, hits the cinema screens, Dr Alison Milbank of the University of Nottingham’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, offers her insights into J.R.R.Tolkien and his famous novel. The film, based on the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions, will, she says, fulfill deeper needs in modern society than pure entertainment.

In this video Dr Alison Milbank of the University of Nottingham explores how approaching Tolkien’s work, like The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings, from the perspective of a theologian can show new depths in his work as a creative writer, and how exploring literary worlds can be a way of doing theology.