Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

On this episode host Dick Staub and guests discuss Stieg Larson's runaway bestseller series The Millennium Trilogy: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Our guests are Jennie Spohr producer of TKM, film critic & ordained Presbyterian clergy, and Jeff Keuss SPU professor and an engaging interpreter of theology in popular culture


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  1. As ever, thanks for your work.
    You cite Tolkien – “Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings without expecting to publish it…he wrote it for his family…” – I believe the title you should have referenced to be The Hobbit. Please reference Humphrey Carpenter’s biography, the chapter titled, “The New Hobbit”, pages 206-210. I understand his writing The Hobbit to have begun around 1930, as a story for his children. Carpenter further relates in his title The Inklings, that Tolkien had, “…no serious thoughts of publication.” However, Carpenter biography (and many of Tolkien’s published letters) relate his writing The Lord of the Rings with expectations of further publication. Carpenter writes, “A few weeks after The Hobbit had been published Tolkien went to London and had lunch with Stanley Unwin to discuss a possible successor to the book.” While Tolkien’s first offer of The Silmarillion was rejected, he was eventually told to “Go ahead” with his work on “The new Hobbit” which became The Fellowship of the Ring.

  2. Wow. Thanks for the detailed information on the process of Tolkien’s publication of these great books.

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