Review – Finding God in the Lord of the Rings

534003Title: Finding God in the Lord of the Rings
Author: Kurt Bruner, Jim Ware
Series: N/A
Genre: Nonfiction – Christian
Number of Pages: 120

My Rating: 


Bruner and Ware examine the symbolism and faith in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.


My favorite aspect of the fantasy genre is that when we step out of our own world, we can see it all the better.

That’s one of the great things about The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien wove Christian themes and symbolism into his work, but he did so subtly. It’s difficult to spot it especially when overwhelmed by the story and characters.

That’s where Finding God in the Lord of the Rings comes in handy. I learned so much from this fascinating book, and it deepened my understanding and enjoyment of LOTR. With clarity and thought-provoking insight, Bruner and Ware explain the themes and symbolism that make LOTR so inspiring, because really, LOTR is ultimately a story about us.

Finding God in the Lord of the Rings is eye-opening and made me understand how and why great stories have such power. On the surface, LOTR is a great story. Beneath its surface, it’s deep and rich with meaning. Bruner and Ware draw parallels to history, the Bible, and culture.

Spoilers abound in Finding God in the Lord of the Rings so I recommend you not read it unless you’ve already read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. And no, watching the movies doesn’t count.

I recommend this to:

  • LOTR fans.


• The transcendent truths of Christianity bubble up throughout this story, baptizing our imaginations with realities better experienced than studied.

• Tolkien’s myth and fantasy can open the heart’s back door when the front door is locked.

• Throughout their adventure Frodo and Sam openly discuss the fact that they are in a story, recognizing that the scenes of life are not random or purposeless, but key events in the great drama in which we play a part.

• Tolkien was telling a story, not proclaiming a message. His Christian worldview pushed itself up of its own accord.

Have you read the Lord of the Rings books? Did you notice any symbolism or parallels to real life?



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