The Hobbit, a series of books made into movies, is the topic of this blog entry. Originally published as a children’s book in 1937, The Hobbit was written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It seems that there is a trend of book trilogies and/or series being made into movies, lately. Another common denominator is that all of the trilogies/series seem to be marketed to children and teens. All have the same type of dark theme including some type of witchcraft or magic. And all of these books/movies seem to be addictive to those who read or watch. The Hobbit is no exception to this dark trend. The first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was released in 2012. In worldwide ticket sales, the movie brought in $940,351,480.00. The numbers speak to the fact that many people flocked to this film and that it has gained worldwide popularity. But like the old saying goes, “Just because something is popular does not mean it is good.” Not to mention, there are still two more movies in the trilogy. The second movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is set to release in 2013. If no more sequels are made, the final movie in the trilogy is set to release in 2014. This final movie is The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But, before we delve in too far, let us lay some groundwork.
A former occult member, Wes Penre, said, “I can speak from my own experience; after I had read his [J.R.R. Tolkien’s] books, I wanted to know more about magic and sorcery; and directly or indirectly, his work eventually led me to one of the occult secret societies, where I became a member. However, I finally realized how I was used there for evil purposes, and left. I am certain of one thing with regards to this: Tolkien was a highly educated man, and his symbolism is not coincidental. He knew about the occult symbols, and he did use them for some hidden purpose.”
The famous author of The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien was also the writer of The Lord of the Rings – another dark, influential, and popular book-turned-movie. On the older, original copies of the book, The Lord of the Rings, there is a very strange symbol on the cover. It depicts an encircled eye with writing around the circle which seems to be written in another language. According to Tolkien’s biography, he created Gothic words to compensate for vocabulary gaps. The writing around the ring is known as “The Black Speech” which is a fictitious type of speech devised by Tolkien for elves. In an interview, Tolkien describes the elves/dwarves this way: “They’re not a part of the children of God.” Thus, it seems the elf language would also be evil. The language is loosely interpreted to mean that the “darkness binds them all”.
The encircled eye on the book cover is very reminiscent of The All-Seeing Eye or the Eye of Horus which is a symbol used by a secret society of Satanists called The Illuminati. Perhaps, the symbol was originally meant to be the all-seeing eye of God. However, it is now mocked and used for evil, much like the rainbow. If a person wore rainbow colors or even a depiction of a rainbow on their apparel, it used to be just that – a rainbow, which is symbolic of God’s promise to never flood the entire earth again. However, society has skewed this sacred symbol to be an evil representation for gays and lesbians. We find symbols marketed to give subtle messages and the one-eye symbol is no exception.
If one eye is exalted, it means that the person (or object) is viewed as being powerful and as a god – even worthy of worship! A quick lesson – any time you see one eye and a triangle, BEWARE! The pyramid and The All-Seeing Eye is represented on U.S. currency which many believe to be a subtle symbol placed on our paper money. But, all conspiracy theories aside, it cannot be debated that we see one-eye symbolism everywhere. Notice how celebrities will highlight one eye with make-up or even fashion their fingers in a circle around one eye. (For examples and photos, type in the search bar on my blog for: “How Mainstream is Satanism?”)
This book cover not only has the one-eye symbolism, but it has triangle symbolism. The three rings around the larger ring, if connected, would make a triangle. This cover is very mysterious and is loaded with evil symbols. The triangle is merely a shape. However, it can also be used to symbolize evil. It is said that the upright triangle represents divinity, spirit, or even the Trinity. That seems to be good, right? Nonetheless, we must remember that these symbols have been skewed by an evil society to hold hidden messages. The New Age society has refashioned the triangle to represent elements, spirits, evil, etc. In the 1970’s there were Hippies… in the 21st century, there are now Hipsters. This group is infatuated with triangles because it represents their New Age beliefs. With the lesson on triangles understood – we can see that this triangular symbolism is utilized on this book cover.
Then, we look at the original book cover for The Hobbit. It appears very innocent, but we must look for the subtle symbols. The triangular mountains with a sun in between them is highly symbolic of Egyptian mythology and false god worship. The false God, Aker, represented the horizon and was one of the earliest false gods to be worshiped. In hieroglyphics, his symbol was a sun disc between two lions or two mountains.
I am not a conspiracy theorist or one that would try to materialize something that isn’t there. But, with all of the symbolism, innuendos, and parallels – it is hard to deny that there seems to be some underlying theme of evil. Tolkien created a world of his own called the “Middle Earth” where reincarnation is subtly introduced, evil characters are innocent, and unbiblical rules stand as the truth. Many argue, “Lighten up… it’s just a fictitious fantasy story!” Granted, it is fictitious but why would we fantasize or mentally-escape to a place of evil? We think, “It’s just fiction”, so we let our guard down – that is how many an evil is introduced and easily accepted as good.
J.R.R. Tolkien & C.S. Lewis
Two of the most popular fantasy writers of all time are J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. These two authors formed a friendship and were both part of The Inklings – a group of writers who met regularly to discuss philosophy, literature, and the like. However, it went deeper than that. It is believed that a fellow Inkling, Charles William, introduced The Inklings to, what he called, “white witchcraft.” This was a supposed “innocent” form of witchcraft. “Innocent witchcraft” is the same as an “honest liar” – the two do not mix. “Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:11-13).
Both writers include magical and savior-like characters in their writings. Thus, many Christians let down their guard, thinking that Lewis and Tolkien are Christian authors who parallel their works to Christianity. Personally, I did the same thing when C.S. Lewis’ first movie was released. I went to see it, thinking that it was a Christian movie. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a movie that I do not wish to watch ever again. If a person is not “on guard” there are many subtle things which can be easily introduced to the subconscious. The half goat, half man character in the movie is fashioned after the false god, Pan. Also, some of the verbiage used in the film makes no sense if Aslan (the lion) is really supposed to be a character to represent Jesus. Furthermore, I left the theater feeling dirty – almost as if the movie made me feel toxic or sinful. The movie seemed to last forever and I couldn’t wait until it was finally over! I thought it would be a good ending and proclaim Jesus – but no, it was just… bleh.
Blogger, Vicky Beeching, also writes about C.S. Lewis’ work in her blog. She states: “…in Lewis’ work The Last Battle, he suggests that all religions may in fact lead to God. At the end of the book, Lewis describes a Calormene soldier named Emeth and his face to face encounter with Aslan the lion. Emeth comes from a culture where the god Tash is worshipped and this is the religion he has followed all of his life. As a result, he is terrified when he realizes Aslan is right in front of him. The text documents Emeth’s experience: ‘I fell at his feet and thought surely this is the hour of death, for the Lion will know that I have served Tash all my days and not him’. However, Emeth experienced quite the opposite from what he had expected; Aslan said ‘Son thou art welcome. But I said, alas Lord I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash’. He answered, ‘Child all the service thou hast done to Tash I account as service done to me.’ This already seems a far cry from what most Christians would consider to be orthodox.”
Furthermore, John Todd (an Illuminati Defector) stated the following: “Tolkien was a member, along with another gentleman I’m going to mention in a minute… both were supposed, confessed, born-again Christians. But, both were members of The Golden Dawn… that’s the Rothchild’s private church in London; it’s the oldest coven in the world. You may think that The Hobbit, and the books of the trilogy like Lord of the Rings (inaudible), and Silmarillion, and so on, are fairy tales; but they’re the gospel to witches. According to witches, those things really did take place. If you’ve got them in your home – you wouldn’t own a Satanist’s Bible; at least I hope you wouldn’t, I pray for you if you would – and you wouldn’t own a Witchcraft Bible… why would you own part of the Witchcraft Bible? You could go to the occult stores and you could pick up many books that came out after The Hobbit came out, that bare the alphabet of witchcraft. Now, there’s a ‘Christian’ author… who claims that Tolkien won him to the Lord; [but] he forgot to say what lord. And, his books are required reading before you can join a coven; required studying. His name was C.S. Lewis. I want to quote from one of Lewis’ books: ‘The pathway to God is like a hall with many doors; they all lead to God’ [end quote]. Not on your life! Jesus says that anybody that comes, other than through Him, is a thief and a robber.”
Personally, what confuses me is to read sensible quotes by C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, yet, to find that their books and writings are so dark. Then, two scriptures came to mind to dispel my confusion. I am not judging either gentleman, but I could not help but to think of a couple of scriptures in regards to this double-standard they seemed to have had. They both seemed to bear bad spiritual fruit. The first scripture is found in 2nd Timothy 3:5. It states: “They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” And the second scripture is found in Matthew 7:20-21 which states: “Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions. Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.”
The Hobbit Producer: Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson, also known as Sir Peter Jackson, is the Producer for The Hobbit. Jackson, a supposed self-proclaimed Atheist, also produced The Lord of the Rings. Even though the books of J.R.R. Tolkien have evil undertones already, many argue that this Atheist/Producer is making the movies even darker than the books. Ironically, both of his parents died during the production of The Lord of the Rings. According to the Internet Movie Database, his trademarks are that he likes darkly humorous scenes with violence, has an interest in matricide (the killing of one’s own mother), and has frequently concluded his other films with a bloodbath. In regards to Jackson’s approach on The Hobbit, one group is even calling him, “Satan’s little helper.” Regardless of your personal viewpoint, we can ascertain by his likes, dislikes, and lifestyle that he honestly needs prayer. But, we are ultimately accountable to God for ourselves. Therefore, we must not partake in the dark types of entertainment in which the world engages so readily in.
The Plot’s Message
Honestly, it is difficult for me to understand the entire plot of The Hobbit since I refuse to read the book or watch the movie. But, I have seen enough “red flags” which have brought me to this decision. It would be easy for a critic to pick apart someone like me who has never seen the movie, yet, am warning others to abstain from it. However, liken it to a thief or even a prostitute – I do not have to engage in the nefarious acts in order to: A.) Warn others to stay away from such evil. B.) See signs/indications which would make me, as a Christian, discern that the activity is wrong.
But, suffice it to say that The Hobbit is a story to reclaim a lost kingdom from a dragon. Along the journey, we find the movie includes magic, a dragon, wizard, trolls, goblins, and sorcerers – all of which represent evil. Oh, and a company of thirteen dwarves. Incidentally, thirteen is the Biblical number representing rebellion.
In regards to magic, scripture says, “Outside are the dogs, those who practice MAGIC arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood” (Revelation 22:15). Furthermore, Ezekiel 13:20 says, “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against your MAGIC charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.” Additionally, Galatians 5:19-21 states: “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, SORCERY, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.” Finally, a very interesting scripture found in Acts 19:19 says this: “And a number of those who had practiced MAGIC arts brought their BOOKS together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver.”
In The Hobbit, there are many lengthy battle scenes including dismemberment, decapitation, repeated stabbings, and killings. And this is being called a “fantasy film”?! Normally, people who fantasize about such things would be considered mentally-unstable or even demon-possessed. Yet, some people who attend a Christian church every Sunday find no problem with endorsing this type of entertainment?! Church of Jesus, don’t be so easily deceived! It is a true saying that you cannot be the Bride of Christ and the girlfriend of the world at the same time! In this generation, we need some people with some boldness and backbone.
What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?
Even though J.R.R. Tolkien died in the 1970’s, his work lives on and is impacting a new generation. The epitaph on the Tolkien’s tombstone is quite interesting. On their tombstone it reads his wife’s name first: “Edith Mary Tolkien.” Underneath her name it says, “Luthien”. Under his name on their tombstone, it says: “Beren”.
The names Luthien and Beren are the names J.R.R. Tolkien gave to characters of his. Beren is a mortal man who was exiled from his kin. Luthien’s character is said to have had a Maia for her mother. A Maia was one who existed before creation and time itself (mockery of God, in attempting to be as a god). Luthien is also said to be half elf (evil) and half divine (good). This introduces the idea of the Yin and the Yang which is also evil (Taoism). Luthien is viewed as a god of sorts with healing powers and magical abilities. In this character’s life, she becomes mortal for Beren instead of remaining immortal (mockery of God). It is said after she died that she had an option to go to a place where the spirits of the dead Elves await re-embodiment (this teaches re-incarnation). In the end, she chose for her and Beren to be re-incarnated as mortals.
The bottom line is this: We must be careful what we allow ourselves to watch and/or partake in. Fiction or not, the inspiration for a story line had to come from somewhere. Is the author’s imagination dark? Does the plot include evil characters? Are there “red flags” that go up when you view certain scenes? This is a very deceptive age we live in. There is a narrow road that we must walk if we wish to be children of God. Scripture says that there will only be a few which are willing to walk the narrow road that leads to life… are you one of the few?
On a side note, one final thing I noticed was a scene in one of Tolkien’s movies where a character is smoking pipe weed; as he puffs, the smoke spells out “666” which is the number for the anti-Christ.
See the smoke subtly turn into 666 in the clip here at 3:32:
Article about animals being killed in the making of this movie: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/11/19/27-animals-died-during-making-of-the-hobbit-say-handlers/