On CAPC: ‘The Hobbit’: The Battle Of Delighting In Stories

Before I could enjoy “The Hobbit” films I felt I had to fight my own battle of five armies.
E. Stephen Burnett | Dec 23, 2014 | No comments |


On Wednesday my wife and I saw The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

peterjackson_notasmuchajerkasyoucouldhavebeenawardDue to sickness and holiday tasks I haven’t had time to review the film that concludes the second, and presumably final, trilogy of films by director Peter Jackson based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth novels.

Yet today on Christ and Pop Culture I explore my own journey of fighting to delight in this story, and any others.

At last the Hobbit film trilogy is complete, after last Wednesday’s release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Overall, I’ve loved the film versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale by Peter Jackson, director of the acclaimed Lord of the Rings films. But before I could enjoy The Hobbit films I felt I had to fight my own battle of five armies — and against my own One Ring.

In fact, whenever Christians in a sin-corrupted age try to enjoy stories, songs, or even holidays like Christmas, we must fight these same battles. Only then we can enjoy gifts with thanksgiving to God (1 Tim. 4:1–5).

Read the rest at Christ and Pop Culture: “The Hobbit”: The Battle of Delighting in Stories.

E. Stephen Burnett is coauthor of a nonfiction book about parenting and popular culture (title TBA), to release spring 2020 from New Growth Press. He also explores biblical truth and fantastic stories as editor in chief of Lorehaven Magazine and writer at Speculative Faith. He has also written for Christianity Today and Christ and Pop Culture. He and his wife, Lacy, live in the Austin area and serve as members of Southern Hills Baptist Church.

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