Down, Down, and Into the Dark: Evil in the Hobbit [Part 3]

Down, Down and into the Dark: Hospitality [Part 1] Down, Down and into the Dark: Darkness [Part 2] Part III: Smaug, Satan, the Seven Deadly Sins, and His Answer. Toward the end of the adventure, the reader and travelers encounter the Lucifarian Smaug: the evilest evil, the trickster, most proud, and exemplar of the seven … Read more

Down, Down, and Into the Dark: Evil in the Hobbit [Part 2]

Down, Down, and into the Dark: [Part 1] Part II: Darkness and Black A second theme of The Hobbit, is Tolkien’s concept of descent into darkness.  It is simplistic in that evil dwells in darkness and good dwells in the light.  This concept of darkness no doubt echoes the Christian themes of light and darkness … Read more

Down, Down, and Into the Dark: Evil in The Hobbit. [Part 1]

[I am doing a three part post on evil in the Hobbit.  This was born out of a summer reading assignment in an attempt to teach my students about evil, the seven deadly sins, and darkness as a theme in literature in a manner that is more narrative than direct lecture.  In the process of … Read more