5 Amazing Lessons We Can Learn From the Hobbit Trilogy

Hobbit Trilogy

Hey guys and gals! My brother in Christ Craig wrote this awesome article about the Hobbit Trilogy a while back. I thought you guys would love it, so here it is! Take it away Craig!

I’d have liked to have written this article when The Battle of Five the Armies was first being released into theaters, but life doesn’t slow down as you all know. The point of this article is to share the thoughts I’ve had during the past few weeks in relation to The Battle of the Five Armies and the other Hobbit/LOTR films. I will discuss some of the things you can take away from the movies in relation to our faith in Jesus Christ, and I’d also like to pose some questions for the fans to think about. Please feel free to leave some input in the comments section below. I’m sure there are even more observations that can be made from these movies in respect to our faith, however, that could take decades to put together. For now I have 5 main ideas I’d like to point out to you. I may go back later and enhance this article by adding more to it as time progresses. Once again, If you have any additional feedback on this post, please leave a comment below!

 

Value Home Above Gold

Caleb the main editor of Gamerfaith actually talked about this one in his post, If More of Us Valued Home Above Gold, it Would be a Merrier World. With Christmas and New Years now far in the rear view, I have had a chance to really think about that quote, especially since the film was released a week before Christmas. With so much commercialism and extra malarkey that are byproducts of the holidays, it’s easy to get focused on the negative (especially if you were forced to work on any of these holidays or even the eve of these holidays). We ask ourselves, “Why can’t more people value family, friends and fellowship more than they value earning a few extra pennies once or twice a year?” Well, we may never know the answer to that, but I think it’s important that we strive to be men and women who do put more value on “home” than we do on “gold”. We should be examples to the world of what’s really important. Don’t let the negativity drown out your good spirit! This doesn’t apply just on the holidays. It’s important all year round.

Have a Fierce Love

*SPOILER ALERT* If you have not watched The Battle of the Five Armies you should be aware that there may be some content discussed in this article that could potentially spoil some of the movie for you. I will try not to touch on certain things, but I cannot guarantee that what I say won’t be more than you want to know if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

With that being said, another theme I’ve seen throughout the conclusion to the trilogy was love. Not just a halfhearted love, or only loving when it’s easy to love. This series demonstrates a genuine, sincere, fierce love. Not only from the aspect of Tauriel and Kili whose love story comes to a climax for viewers in this movie, but also the love between friends. The love that Bilbo shows for his friend Thorin Oakenshield. Bilbo shows love for Thorin by being honest with him when Thorin needed it most, and by not allowing him to ever gain possession of an item that could potentially destroy him from the inside out.

Bilbo genuinely cared for his friends, and not only for his friends. He also showed love and compassion for people he hardly knew down in Lake Town. Bilbo showed compassion by giving them the Arkenstone. The people could use this as a bargaining chip to trade for the gold that Thorin owed them because of his promise to them during the confrontation in The Desolation of Smaug.

Bilbo knew that those people were hurting. He knew that their home was destroyed, and that he and the dwarves were partially to blame for what had happened. He cared about their well-being. After all, they are all a part of this world, are they not?

Take a look at the scripture below and think about how Bilbo showed these characteristics towards Thorin and others throughout the movies. Also, think about how Bilbo acts and what he values, see if you can find the importance of these things within our own lives.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Read all of 1 Corinthians 13 or check out different translations by clicking here!

Now re-read it and think about how Thorin was acting, which is the opposite of the way our hearts should be as Christians.

Can you see anything in your life that doesn’t match up to the description of love? Anything you should be working on or giving to God so that he can help you overcome it?

Don’t Be Idle

The third thing I’m going to point out on this post is to not isolate yourself from the rest of the world. Instead have fellowship with others who have a similar quest as you. Gandalf knew it would be good for Bilbo to get out of his house. He even tells him that at their first meeting. He has even more to say to Bilbo later on in the eve of their first meeting.

Bilbo Baggins: I just need to sit quietly for a moment.
Gandalf: You’ve been sitting quietly for far too long!

Gandalf: When did doilies and your mother’s dishes become so important to you?

We sometimes get too comfortable with the mediocre and routine because it’s safe and secure. Having a routine isn’t necessarily a bad thing (especially if you’re like me and have a hard time getting anything done unless you have some kind of schedule due to your inability to focus on one task at a time), but we shouldn’t let our own desires take precedence over the will of God. Another movie I would bring up as an example of this would be “God’s Not Dead”.  *Spoiler Alert* If you’ve seen it you’ll know what I’m talking about. A certain girlfriend breaks up with her boyfriend because she wants him to focus more on getting good grades and becoming a great lawyer so that they can have a comfortable life in the future. The problem is, she wants him to do focus on those things instead of standing up for his faith. She would rather him sign a paper to his teacher stating “God is Dead” than risk their financial prosperity. Again, that points back to the gold over home issue. What’s more important? Your core values, or making a lot of money? We shouldn’t let ourselves forget what’s really important, and part of that is getting up and sharing Jesus with the world. Even though this world isn’t our final destination, our journey and time here is super important.

If Bilbo had stayed in his Hobbit hole instead of chasing after Gandalf and the Dwarves to go “On an adventure!” he would never have grown into the heroic character that he is. If he would have continued to sit, he would have just been another hobbit of the Shire. The history of the “Middle-Earth” as we know it, would have been changed forever. So when God comes knocking on the door of your heart, chase after Him in excitement. The journey ahead will change you for the better and you will become a much stronger man/woman of God because of it.

Don’t Do It Alone

In the company of Thorin, there were a total of 15 (including himself of course) individuals.

These individuals were:

  • Gandalf
  • Bilbo
  • Thorin
  • Balin
  • Dwalin
  • Bifur
  • Bofur
  • Bombur
  • Fili
  • Kili
  • Oin
  • Gloin
  • Nori
  • Dori
  • and Ori

I’m still trying to remember which ones belong to which face. My point here is that they didn’t try to do this task on their own. They had a team. A goofy, dysfunctional team… but a team none the less. They had a wizard, a burglar, a prince, some fighters, some writers, some cooks and also some biters (Bombur, I’m looking at you!).

They had a hodgepodge of different skills and talents and they were all working towards a singular purpose. We need to do this. We need to be around like-minded individuals who are pursuing the same goal as us, otherwise we aren’t going to do a whole lot of damage against a dragon. The dragon I’m referencing isn’t Smaug, but something far worse. How do we do this in reality? Well, having fellowship with other believers is important. It’s not a requirement to be present at church every Sunday, but if you want to grow you need to be in a fellowship of believers. Not only will they offer you help and guidance, but it also gives you the opportunity to bring your skills to the table and do what you are good at (Even if you don’t know what your talents are yet, just like Bilbo).

Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

I also wanted to point out Bilbo’s situation with the ring. At the end of “Five Armies” there is a scene where Bilbo and Gandalf talk about the ring he found in the goblin tunnels. Although they both are aware of it, Bilbo doesn’t discuss the evil nature of the ring that he has clearly felt. Instead it becomes like the Arkenstone to him, and eventually it starts to change him. This leads into “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Bilbo, would have saved himself an awful lot of trouble if he had told Gandalf the truth when he had the chance. If there is something in your life that is harming you but you can’t seem to let it go, you need to tell a good friend that you trust about the situation. You need someone whom you can be accountable for.

Lust and pornography is an issue I know tons of people face. At first it seems good to them and enjoyable, and then they can’t stop watching it. It becomes the ring for them. They know as soon as they put it on, they will be immediately filled with deep regret and shame. You need to find yourself a Samwise, and let him help you carry that wretched thing to the fires of Mount Doom. You need to “Let it go”. The same can be said for drug, alcohol, tobacco, or many other addictions. Friends can be crucial in your battle.

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When You Lose the Path, You Need to Find the “Son”

When the party of 15 reaches Mirkwood in the second movie, Gandalf tells them, “You must stay on the path, do not leave it. If you do, you’ll never find it again.” For believers, if you leave your walk with God it is extremely difficult to find it again, although you can never say never.

In Mirkwood the party does lose the path, and Bilbo realizes they need to find the sun so they can regain their bearing on what direction they are headed. We need to do this in our own lives from time to time, we need to refocus our eyes on the “Son”, Jesus. Who He was, what He did and why He did it. When we do this we can renew our understanding of why we are here, and what we should be doing. “What would Jesus do?”

Like the sun, God is always the same, never moving and always shining. Like the Earth, we are always moving and rotating our focus from the light to the darkness. So, remember, if you’ve lost the path, you need to find the Son. He is always in the same place. We just get disoriented and mixed up, and we need to get our bearings again. Seek Him out through prayer, reading the Bible or by talking to other’s in fellowship. The Holy Spirit will guide us the right way. Just trust in Him, and when He says to go, you go, and everything will be alright.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article! I spent a good week or so working on it piece by piece and I always appreciate your input as well as the opportunity to share on Gamerfaith. If you have any thoughts or other reflections from the Hobbit or LOTR movies please leave them below in the comments, or start a thread on the forum!

Godbless you and don’t forget, if you lose the path, find the Son. =)

-Craig and Gamerfaith

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1 Comment

  • Calanon says:

    Wow, you’re really hitting the nail right on the head with these Hobbit Trilogy posts. I’m a huge fan of Middle-earth, especially The Hobbit, and your posts, along with their Biblical analysis, really match up with what I’ve contemplated with their hidden lessons, as well as bring new revelations to the table. You seem like a very deep person, and I wish you well in whatever endeavors.

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