The spiritual side of The Hobbit, Hollywood’s hottest property

Spiritual IQ Quiz The Hobbit sits at the intersection of Hollywood and high geekery.

It’s hard to imagine a topic any more obscure than the ancient languages and elaborate invented mythologies of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe.

After the improbable success of Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, however, it’s hard to imagine a hotter Hollywood property — if anything Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a much more cinematic tale than his Rings epic.

The entertainment and gossip rags are abuzz with every piece of news connected to the two-part film production. This week’s development: actor Elijah Wood has agreed to reprise his role as Frodo.

There’s another strand running through this cultural event, however. Tolkien had a deep spiritual life, and his tales are a rich expression of it. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the spiritual world Tolkien created, a world that will very soon generate yet another Hollywood blockbuster.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s mother was disinherited by her family for her belief in what faith?

Tolkein compared Aragorn, the ranger who hid Frodo and his party from the Ring Wraiths in Fellowship of the Ring to what contemporary poet who protected priests from a mob in 1930s Spain?

The creator in Tolkein’s universe was known as?

Galdalf the Grey is an incarnation of what spirit?

Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the dwarves, nearly goes to war with men and elves in a dispute over possession of what treasure?

What creatures save the protagonists from destruction in both the Hobbit and The Return Of The King?

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