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.
on 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).

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E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of Lorehaven.com and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.

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