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"The mistake that Uncle Andrew made was not because he believed that wealth could be brought back from Narnia. His mistake was in refusing to bring back the right kind of wealth -- it is wisdom we need, not more steel and battleships. Louis Markos has remedied that problem, importing a great of wisdom from Narnia, and Middle Earth as well, with plenty to spare. I am happy to recommend On the Shoulders of Hobbits."
Douglas Wilson, author of What I Learned in Narnia
"Thoughtful, helpful, insightful, On the Shoulders of Hobbits reminds us just how much is to be gained by standing on the shoulders of Tolkien and Lewis, those Christian literary giants."
Michael Ward, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis
“A book that richly celebrates the place of story in our lives—even as it invites us to walk the road with, and glean life lessons from, some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s finest characters.”
Kevin Belmonte, editor of A Year with G.K. Chesterton, and lead historical consultant for the film, Amazing Grace.
"Louis Markos' thoughtful exploration of virtue through the writings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis is a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and young people seeking models and guides for living a life shaped by, and infused with, the richness of Christian virtues."
Holly Ordway, Houston Baptist University and author of Not God's Type
Classical virtue has been lost.
Courage, valor, trust, and friendship seem to be things of the past, of a different age and era. But is that because we have simply forgotten how to see them and learn them?
There was a time when virtue and vice were learned not through mere lessons and propositions but through stories. Real life truth and goodness was communicated powerfully through fantastical fiction. Louis Markos takes us back to that day and that reality.
Through the iconic works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis we are reintroduced to classic virtues, both good and bad. Markos shows the reader how powerful stories and their characters act as teachers and examples of what to be and not to be in real life.
Rediscover the power of stories and the importance of virtue through this beautiful work.
This book was such a good read! We all know that these books were written by 2 of the greatest Christian authors of all time, but pulling out the details and showing how it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jenifer
An excellent book written for the lay reader and not the academic type. Very understandable. Professor Markos has outdone himself with this book.Published 1 month ago by Eric H. Read
I found this book to be well-written and very insightful. Mr. Markos had done an excellent job of illuminating important themes and concepts in the works of Tolkien and Lewis, and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Harris
"In our public schools today, there are only three virtues taught: tolerance, multiculturalism, and environmentalism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kyle E. Mcdanell
I really enjoyed the insights Markos provided and the common themes and life lessons he highlighted from both The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.Published 4 months ago by L Willis
Purchased as a gift for my husband, who is a big Tolkien fan. He really enjoyed it. My 15-yr-old son is reading it now.Published 5 months ago by MtGal
Thanks to Dr. Marcos.
On the Shoulders of Hobbit is a good read. He reminds us of those most important qualities of our characters in very pleasing ways. Read more
I was loving the insight Markos was providing until I got to page 94 when he clearly exhibits a bias against catholics implying they have an aversion to hierarchy when the very... Read morePublished 7 months ago by WritersSecret