The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot

Jay Richards (Author) Jonathan Witt (Author)


Anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can gather that their author hated tyranny, but few know that the novelist who once described himself as a hobbit "in all but size" was--even by hobbit standards--a zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. There is a growing concern among many that the West is sliding into political, economic, and moral bankruptcy. In his beloved novels of Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has drawn us a map to freedom.

Scholar Joseph Pearce, who himself has written articles and chapters on the political significance of Tolkien's work, testified in his book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, "If much has been written on the religious significance of The Lord of the Rings, less has been written on its political significance--and the little that has been written is often erroneous in its conclusions and ignorant of Tolkien's intentions.... Much more work is needed in this area, not least because Tolkien stated, implicitly at least, that the political significance of the work was second only to the religious in its importance."

Several books ably explore how Tolkien's Catholic faith informed his fiction. None until now have centered on how his passion for liberty and limited government also shaped his work, or how this passion grew directly from his theological vision of man and creation. The Hobbit Party fills this void.

The few existing pieces that do focus on the subject are mostly written by scholars with little or no formal training in literary analysis, and even less training in political economy. Witt and Richards bring to The Hobbit Party a combined expertise in literary studies, political theory, economics, philosophy, and theology.

Product Details

Ignatius Press
Publish Date
October 07, 2014
6.46 X 0.96 X 9.25 inches | 1.15 pounds
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About the Author

Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Business and Economics and The Catholic University of America and is the author of many books, including the N. Y Times bestseller Indivisible, as well as Money, Greed, and God and The Privileged Planet. He is the executive director of the documentaries The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom. He has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post and has appeared on Larry King Live. He has also lectured on economic myths to members of the U.S. Congress.
Jonathan Witt, Ph.D., is a research fellow with the Acton Institute and a former a professor of literature and writing. He has scripted three documentaries that aired on PBS and served as the lead writer for the PovertyCure Series. The co-author of A Meaningful World, his essays have appeared in Touchstone, The American Spectator, Crisis, Philosophia Christi, The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin, and Oxford's Literature and Theology.