A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War - Joseph Loconte

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War

By Joseph Loconte

  • Release Date: 2015-06-30
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 4.5
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The untold story of how the First World War shaped the lives, faith, and writings of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis

The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front, survived the trenches, and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination. Had there been no Great War, there would have been noHobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis.

Unlike a generation of young writers who lost faith in the God of the Bible, Tolkien and Lewis produced epic stories infused with the themes of guilt and grace, sorrow and consolation. Giving an unabashedly Christian vision of hope in a world tortured by doubt and disillusionment, the two writers created works that changed the course of literature and shaped the faith of millions. This is the first book to explore their work in light of the spiritual crisis sparked by the conflict.


  • The front line of battle

    By Augustine’s whisper
    Loconte’s strongest and most convincing argument lies in his assertion that Tolkien and Lewis, almost alone among all writers and artists in the English-speaking world, held the line against both extremes of, on the one hand, the attempt to remake Western political and social institutions into conformity with one-world utopian dreams or, on the other, abandoning any attempt at political or social reform by surrendering to hopelessness and despair in the belief that anarchy was inevitable. Instead, these two intelligent yet realistic men chose to embrace the Christian theodicy that Evil is great but that God is Greater and that all of us are foot-soldiers at the front line of battle: our eternal destiny depends on where our loyalties lay. This is a fine work of well-researched history and deep theology.