Middle-Earth Midrash (part four)

December 29, 2013 at 12:00 am by

Continued from here, here, and here. “Quite a little fellow in a wide world”: Smallness, Significance, and Finding Balance  The Hobbit ends, in some sense, where it began: in Bilbo’s comfortable hole in the Shire. Bilbo, Gandalf, and Balin are enjoying the simple pleasures of a tobacco jar and each other’s company. Hearing of the […]

Middle-Earth Midrash (part 2)

December 18, 2013 at 2:00 am by

(continued from part one here) “Over You Gold Shall Have No Dominion”: Greed, Goodness, and Learning to Grow The Dwarvish love of gold was not necessarily an inherent curse: the Dwarves were lovers of stones and gems, but “they are not evil by nature, and few ever served the Enemy of free will, whatever the […]

Middle-Earth Midrash: A Jewish View of The Hobbit (part 1)

December 11, 2013 at 9:03 am by

  Note: the printed book The Hobbit (1994 edition) is indicated by an italicized title, while Peter Jackson’s 2012 film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is referred to with quotation marks. “According to the Nature of the Dwarves”: An Introduction to Dwarves and Jews On my way home from seeing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” […]