Generous Orthodoxy  

It’s a shame, but a reality, that advertising costs so much. The first installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy will be released this month. This is an ideal opportunity to publicize my Tolkien book, but neither Eerdmans nor I can afford ads in the major magazines and/or journals. I don’t have the time to contact all the indie bookstores (those few that remain) and I don’t have the clout to influence the Barnes and Noble types. I am therefore reduced to publicizing the book myself on this website.

My book, The Battle for Middle-earth, has a whole chapter on The Hobbit before it moves into a long analysis of The Lord of the Rings. It is very much still in print, despite rumors to the contrary. The best place to order it in bulk is from Eerdmans itself (ask for Amy Kent at akent@eerdmans.com ), because they will give a discount and will mail it instantly. Individual orders can be from your local bookstore or, of course, from Amazon.

My book is used in many college and seminary courses. On the strength of it, I was invited to give an endowed lecture on The Lord of the Rings in the Religion and Philosophy department at LSU last spring. The book was designed to be fun to read; it has a narrative structure which follows the plot and characters all the way through. It would be suitable for older teenagers as well as grown-ups, though I do not particularly recommend it for anyone who has not already read LOTR—it gives away too much of the plot.

P.S. I was not a fan of the Jackson LOTR movies. They have wonderful moments, but I do believe that Jackson seriously misunderstood Tolkien at the most important points. Therefore I do not think I will see the Hobbit movies.

<p>It’s a shame, but a reality, that advertising costs so much. The first installment of Peter Jackson’s <i> Hobbit</i> trilogy will be released this month. This is an ideal opportunity to publicize my Tolkien book, but neither Eerdmans nor I can afford ads in the major magazines and/or journals. I don’t have the time to contact all the indie bookstores (those few that remain) and I don’t have the clout to influence the Barnes and Noble types. I am therefore reduced to publicizing the book myself on this website. </P>
<p>My book, <i> The Battle for Middle-earth</i>, has a whole chapter on <i> The Hobbit</i> before it moves into a long analysis of <i> The Lord of the Rings</i>. It is very much still in print, despite rumors to the contrary. The best place to order it in bulk is from Eerdmans itself (ask for Amy Kent at akent@eerdmans.com ), because they will give a discount and will mail it instantly. Individual orders can be from your local bookstore or, of course, from Amazon. </P>
<p>My book is used in many college and seminary courses. On the strength of it, I was invited to give an endowed lecture on <i> The Lord of the Rings</i> in the Religion and Philosophy department at LSU last spring.  The book was designed to be fun to read; it has a narrative structure which follows the plot and characters all the way through. It would be suitable for older teenagers as well as grown-ups, though I do not particularly recommend it for anyone who has not already read LOTR—it gives away too much of the plot. </P>
<p>P.S. I was not a fan of the Jackson LOTR movies. They have wonderful moments, but I do not believe that Jackson seriously misunderstood Tolkien at the most important points. Therefore I do not think I will see the <i>Hobbit</i> movies.