Editor’s Note: This conversation includes plot spoilers from the film Tolkien.

The new film biopic Tolkien covers the early years of the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This podcast is a conversation about J.R.R. Tolkien’s early life, his Christian faith, themes in his work, his love of languages, and why his work has such staying power more than seventy-five years after first being published.

This Postmodern Realities podcast episode is a conversation with Journal author Philip Tallon about his Christian Research Journal online exclusive film review article “Tolkien’s First Fellowship.”

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