When I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey I was fascinated with the actors, storyline, and action presented by Peter Jackson and cast. I don’t mean to be a movie reviewer, but a culture critic in regards to what can either be implicitly or explicitly captured in the thematic elements of the world of Middle Earth with its hobbits, dwarves, elves, wizards, and men who are battling for or against the impending evil that seems to be sweeping across the land.
The road to the rise of Mordor that we see from the perspective of The Hobbit is that of cruelty, greed, and power. After seeing the movie last night I tweeted that “upward mobility leads us on the road to Mordor.” What I meant by this statement is that a king, his warriors, and a wizard from Middle Earth come to Bilbo Baggins to fulfill a role that they cannot meet, and one that, I might add, he has no initial delight over being asked to do. Everyone on this adventure has notoriety except for the lowly hobbit who ends up being a hero on many occasions.
How might this relate to youth ministry?
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