The Hobbit Revised Version

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit uses a number of key factors that shape his worldview. These factors include faith of the author, imagination theories of the author, Old English Literature and the middle earth in addition to life experiences of the author including conversions, war and his Oxford friends. Many people have questioned whether the Hobbit as a novel is anchored on Christian’s faith or tend to have aspects of Christianity. In the book, the audience does not see the names like God, Jesus, and angels. This exclusion of the words whose Christian faith bases its religious beliefs leaves readers overly skeptic. Despite the absence of the pillars of Christian faith in the Hobbit, it is evident that Christianity is one of the factors that influence the author’s work. Tolkien is a Christian and he was guided by Christian faith in his work. The aspects of Christianity are not direct as one would want them to be but they are there in the book the Hobbit. Tolkien addresses the Christian sense of providence in a disguised manner. For example, Elrond holding a map in the right lights from the moon, Bilbo finding the ring in the right time and the dwarves and hobbit availing them at the entrance of the Lonely Mountain when the key appears.
All these are instances akin to moments in the bible when biblical figures such as Moses had to rely on God’s providence. There are many incidents of relying on chance. Tolkien wants the readers to know through Bilbo that there exist that invisible hand of providence and this is God. He, thus, urges Christians to strengthen their faiths for Godly providence. On considering how intricate Tolkien’s nature to Christian faith was, readers see a recantation of the Christian devotion in his work the hobbit. Thus, Christian faith and understanding of theology is a key factor that shapes Tolkien’s worldview in the Hobbit.