There and Back Again: How reading Tolkien can restore the world to us

A Conversation Evening with Andrew Shamy
Tuesday, 12 September, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
All Saints Church, 90 Hamilton Road, Hataitai, Wellington


What’s the use of a dragon? Or an elf? Or a hobbit?

Fantasy stories don’t have a good reputation today. They’re just for children, surely, or a form of escapism, a flight from reality, not for serious adults living in serious times.

In this Conversation Evening, Andrew Shamy will explore the work of J.R.R. Tolkien to argue fantasy literature is not (necessarily) a flight from the real, but toward it. Fantasy has the capacity to recover for us a clear view of reality and provide resources for living well within it. In our modern world, there is an urgent need for stories of the fantastic, and in Tolkien we meet a profound model for a Christian approach to the arts in our “serious times”.

Join us as we gather for drinks, nibbles, and good conversation on the life and imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien. We’d love to see you there!