On the Shoulders of Hobbits The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-01
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers

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The world of J. R. R. Tolkien is filled with strange creatures, elaborately crafted lore, ancient tongues, and magic that exists only in fantasy; yet the lessons taught by hobbits and wizards speak powerfully and practically to our real lives. Lewis Courage, valor, and trust; pride, greed, and jealousy--these are not fictional virtues. This is the stuff of real life, the Christian life. Professor and author Louis Markos takes us on the road with Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, with looks at selected classic works of literature as well, to show how great stories bring us so much more than entertainment. They inspire and convict, imparting truth in unforgettable ways. Rediscover the virtue of great storytelling and the power of fantasy to transform our reality.

Author Biography

LOUIS MARKOS, PhD,, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities; he is the author of From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age, and Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis Can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern & Postmodern World.

Table of Contents

<P><STRONG>TABLE OF CONTENTS</STRONG></P><P><STRONG> </STRONG></P><P>Acknowledgments </P><P>Introduction:   Stories to Steer By</P><P> </P>PART I: THE ROAD <P> </P><P>Chapter 1:       The Lure of the Road</P><P>Chapter 2:       Responding to the Call</P><P>Chapter 3:       Dangers on the Road</P><P>Chapter 4:       The End of the Road</P><P> </P>PART II: THE CLASSICAL VIRTUES <P> </P><P>Chapter 5:       The Courage to Endure</P><P>Chapter 6:       Temperance and Tobacco</P><P>Chapter 7:       The Wisdom that Discerns</P><P>Chapter 8:       The Justice of the King</P><P> </P>PART III: THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES <P> </P><P>Chapter 9:       Rehabilitating Friendship</P><P>Chapter 10:     The Eyes of Faith</P><P>Chapter 11:     Hope and the Happy Ending</P><P>Chapter 12:     The Love that Pities and Forgives</P><P> </P>PART IV: EVIL <P> </P><P>Chapter 13:     Forbidden Fruit</P><P>Chapter 14:     Perversion and Corruption</P><P>Chapter 15:     Blinded by the Light</P><P>Chapter 16:     Egyptian Alliances</P><P> </P><P> </P><P>Conclusion:     In Defense of Stories</P><P> </P><P>Appendix A:   Tolkien and Middle-Earth: A Bibliographical Essay</P><P>Appendix B:   Lewis and Narnia: A Bibliographical Essay </P><P> </P><P><STRONG> </STRONG></P>

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