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Una lettura gradevole, una prosa semplice e lieve, che invita ad apprezzare il capolavoro di Tolkien non soltanto quale tour de force immaginifico, ma anche per la profondità del messaggio spirituale. Un must per tutti coloro che hanno amato Il Signore degli Anelli giudicandolo una preziosa lezione di vita. In questo libro, infatti, scopriamo il valore di virtù comuni comeUna lettura gradevole, una prosa semplice e lieve, che invita ad apprezzare il capolavoro di Tolkien non soltanto quale tour de force immaginifico, ma anche per la profondità del messaggio spirituale. Un must per tutti coloro che hanno amato Il Signore degli Anelli giudicandolo una preziosa lezione di vita. In questo libro, infatti, scopriamo il valore di virtù comuni come la generosità, la compassione e l'ospitalità, e ci imbattiamo in personaggi straordinari: Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf, Tom Bombadil e Glorfindel; prendiamo coscienza che il tradimento genera distruzione, mentre lo spirito di sacrificio e di condivisione conducono lontano sul sentiero della gloria.L'autore non manca di sottolineare come il racconto delle avventure di Frodo e dei suoi amici offra al lettore validi motivi per credere di poter ottenere la forza e l'aiuto necessari a superare ogni ostacolo e a sconfiggere gli avversari anche nella vita di tutti i giorni....

Title : Gli eroi virtuosi di Tolkien
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ISBN : 9788834415047
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 158 Pages
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Gli eroi virtuosi di Tolkien Reviews

  • Regitze
    2019-05-13 10:48

    I would probably have given this easy guide to the many theme's in LotR 5 stars if not for the many religious comparisons.

  • Donald Owens II
    2019-04-26 12:14

    Friendly, thoughtful, and just long enough.

  • Moriah Elizabeth
    2019-05-14 12:06

    Not as good as "Walking with Frodo" or "Walking with Bilbo", but very very good! This is geared to fans of the books, and doesn't really include anything about the movies, which is actually a very good thing for fans of the books. Particularly "older" fans. (People who read and loved the books before the movies came out.) If you love the books, you will enjoy this one as well.

  • Richard
    2019-05-17 12:13

    Mark Smith's book, Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues, is filled with interesting and thoughtful insights into the moral and ethical foundation of J.R.R. Tolkien's books. I listened to the audiobook version, just after finishing The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, and it certainly gave me a better appreciate for the lessons embedded in the book. For the reader who wants to gain a better understanding of these aspects, I would recommend Mr. Smith's books.Having said that, I gave the book 3 stars for two reasons. First, I think the individuals who fit this category are somewhat limited. I'd recommend the Lord of the Rings to a lot of people, but I wouldn't recommend this book to nearly as many people. Second, I found it hard to give a book which discusses another book anything more than 3 stars; however, I can understand why other readers chose to give it 4 or 5 stars.

  • John Martindale
    2019-05-15 10:48

    I really enjoyed hearing Mark Smiths reflections on various virtues throughout the book. He has done what hope to do sometime off in the future, that is to read the LOTR books more contemplatively and draw from them the richness that is there. What I like is the LOTR story was fresh in my mind, so it was almost like having a conversation with a friend who is sharing with me what they liked from the book, and since they have a different perspective from mine, when they share there reflection from a part of the story that I too have read, it excites me. For they put words to what I knew was there but I some reason could not verbalize it. They mention something and at once it seems obvious. And yet if I am honest with myself, it was not obvious to me a moment before they said it, though right in front of me.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-17 10:07

    I've read a couple of other books about Tolkien from a faith perspective, but didn't care for them all that much. The austere Catholicism that imbues his work almost imperceptibly was not well-served by the others' overt evangelical Protestantism, although I certainly have no objection to the latter as a thing in itself. This book is insightful and strikes just the right note, in my view. Eddy devotes different chapters to spiritual virtues such as generosity and sacrifice, introducing the occasional biblical quotation alongside a discussion of how various characters put them into action. The parallels are gently drawn out from within the story itself; they do not feel imposed by the author's agenda. The book is short, the audiobook about three hours. That it merited a very elegant reading by Simon Vance demonstrates its quality. I am listening to it for a second time.

  • Brent
    2019-05-04 10:06

    In this book, Smith shows how the actions of Tolkien's characters exhibit common virtues that we all should strive to develop. Some of these virtues I had found myself, others add more meaning to the Tolkien's masterpiece.I have long struggled to articulate why I despise Peter Jackson's movies. This book has given me the means to do so. Like Mark Smith when I was young I recognized something of the Bible in Tolkien's work--especially after I read the Silmarillion. These books have become a part of me and have great meaning for me. Peter Jackson's changes to the story strip The Lord of the Rings of that meaning until all that is left is a hollow Dungeons-and-Dragonsesque caricature of the original.

  • Amy
    2019-04-22 12:51

    This is an interesting look at the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The author, Mark Eddy Smith, looks at the virtues that he believes are represented in Tolkien's work. While the author's take primarily focuses on Christianity and how Christianity influenced Tolkien's work, I believe the inspiration Smith draws from Tolkien's work can inspire many different people. The book is pretty small and a fast read, but I really enjoyed it. Smith's love for Tolkien's work is clear throughout the book and it reminded me why I love The Lord of the Rings books so much. It definitely left me wanting to read Tolkien’s books again.

  • Joe
    2019-04-28 17:02

    This is a nice devotional type of book, one that gets you into the mode of thinking of the virtues inherent in Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. It contains no special insight into Tolkien's own life, beliefs, or intent. Rather, it consists of Smith's own thoughts as he applies LOTR to life. Any religious person could come up with the same ideas. Still, it enjoyed this book and the points it brings out.

  • Meg
    2019-04-25 11:03

    A beautiful work which explores the common gems we ought to glean from the landscape of Tolkien's Middle a Earth in his Lord of the Rings storyline. I would live to read this again and again, especially coupled with reading the trilogy itself. Smith captured exactly what every reader discovers each time they read: a deeper understanding of who they are. The author then finishes this with faith and scripture and little quests for the reader to utilize in practicing his or her newfound understanding of him or herself. I highly recommend this to all readers, new or old to Tolkien!

  • Audrey
    2019-05-16 17:02

    I read this book when doing research for my undergraduate thesis, and it really did not contain anything I hadn't seen already or knew myself. Smith stays close to the surface of each virtue that he explores, only giving two or three pages to each section. If you are a serious Middle-earth lover, I would suggest passing this one over. If you're new to Middle-earth and haven't done much extra reading, this might be a good place to start.

  • Wiktoria
    2019-05-14 11:04

    The book is too simplistic at times, and sometimes includes too much summarising of the novel, more than is necessary for Tolkien fans for whom the work is supposed to written. However, it also includes some interesting insights and is overall an uplifting read, a reminder of joys brought about by "The Lord of the Rings" itself. It definitely motivates to reach for Tolkien's volume again, as there can never be too many re-reads of LotR :)

  • Jen
    2019-04-28 11:03

    I love Tolkien, and his books, so I'm super disappointed to be lukewarm about this book. It's one of my favorite authors with one of my favorite topics--spirituality--so how could this not be awesome? Because it's pretty flat, that's how. It feels a lot like just praise of how great Tolkien's writing was, which is true but not really book-worthy. There are some great quotes, but overall I was just not impressed.

  • Gary
    2019-04-30 13:46

    A short little book pointing out some of the themes that lie embedded in the story but are too easily missed or not thought upon distinctly. When my children first read the series I'll certainly use this little book to aid good conversation about it. It could have said a good bit more, all the same. Perhaps the book I got recently, 'The Philosophy of Tolkien', will build on what Eddy has said.Liked it.

  • Noelle Campbell
    2019-05-14 10:01

    I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are in need of spiritual recharge, this is the book. I have read it repeatedly since I bought it and I'm never tired of it (which is more than I can say for LOTR, actually). This is a beautiful homage to the Authors favorite author--a short but extremely uplifting and inspirational book. Recommended to fans of fantasy and inspirational novels.

  • Barry
    2019-05-12 17:12

    Some nice reflections on virtues as expressed in LOTR. From a Christian perspective - that's appropriate, as it is where Tolkien was coming from, but at times does stray a little into Sunday School territory, I feel. I would have enjoyed it more if instead of telling me what to think it prompted me to look at the text and think for myself, but that's just me.

  • Eric
    2019-05-20 11:56

    "Reading or writing about the virtues of fictional characters has little power to instill those virtues in us. Yet good books can gives us a template, a way of understanding the world, so that when our time of testing comes, when the deed is set before us that we alone have been called to do, we will know the choices we have to face"Mark Eddy Smith, Tolkien’s Ordinary Virtues

  • Melinda
    2019-04-21 16:59

    I really enjoyed the short essays here, devotional meditations on virtues such as faith, hospitality, wonder, temptation and failure. I'm not a Tolkien scholar, nor do I know much about Middle Earth. It was wonderful to have someone connect the spiritual dots for me, pointing out specific scenes where the spiritual themes occur. Good book for both private pondering and a group discussion.

  • Chad Warner
    2019-05-06 16:12

    This book explores several ordinary "workaday" virtues (such as generosity, sacrifice, and hospitality) demonstrated in The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit and The Silmarillion). Each chapter includes Bible examples and verses. I was underwhelmed; there's nothing especially deep, enlightening, or thought-provoking.

  • Charlie Doggett
    2019-05-08 12:55

    Good, Not GreatIt started out weak and shallow to me, but as I read on I got the hang of his writing. At times I felt like he was trying to"baptize" the story or make it Christian in nature which I'm not convinced is what Tolkien intended. He is not C. S. Lewis, just his friend. But this book did help me recall the Lord of the Rings stories in a new way. So Virtues is okay.

  • Baylee
    2019-04-25 16:11

    Nonostante a tratti sembri impartire lezioni di catechismo, si tratta di un libriccino interessante. Dà una prima infarinata sulle influenze della profonda fede cattolica di Tolkien ne Il Signore degli Anelli. I capitoli sono brevi e rendono il libro estremamente scorrevole, mentre i riferimenti all'opera di Tolkien sono chiari (almeno per me che ne sono un'adoratrice).

  • Nick Koher
    2019-05-15 11:03

    This book is a helpful and refreshing reminder to us of the many virtues that are displayed in The Lord of the Rings. These virtues are important in our everyday lives and should be remembered more often. Mark Eddy Smith does a excellent job at capturing these virtues.

  • Emily Michael
    2019-04-28 11:50

    I enjoyed this book chiefly because I enjoy reading about Tolkien's work. I didn't find that the author contributed any dazzling insights; the spirituality was confined to Christian teaching. However, the book was pleasant, if a bit shallow and moralistic.

  • Christine
    2019-04-26 11:09

    The Lord of the Rings is one of my books. As a Christian I saw many themes interwoven throughout, however, Smith does a wonderful job in pointing out the virtues and how they were written as not only part of the story itself but the Characters as well.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-18 17:06

    Simon Vance narrated this entertaining and insightful study of one of my very favorite works, The Lord of the Rings. This is one I will listen to again, and now I'm ready to track down an audible version of the actual books and give them a listen.

  • Kyle
    2019-04-30 12:53

    Interesting book, but I thought Finding God in the Lord of the Rings was much better, especially because this one seemed to lack critical research. You need to do the research to write a good book, especially if it involves LotR

  • Stan Shelley
    2019-04-24 12:53

    For each virtue he discusses, the author sites passages in Tolkien's books. I think Tolkien would like this book because he admitted that his books were Christian but he did not like them to be overtly Christian. This book shows how he did that.

  • Josh
    2019-05-20 12:10

    Good but not great. He draws some interesting examples of each of the virtues he chooses to examine. I don't really disagree but neither am I really astounded.Mostly it reminded me that it has been too long since I read series.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-13 11:59

    I did like this book, he obviously knows his stuff on the LOTR series and I liked how he identified them into stories to live by. Thankfully the chapters are short which makes this an excellent daily devotional.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2019-05-15 17:11

    Absolutely incredible commentary! Marvelous insights and inspiration!