Frodo & Harry: Understanding Visual Media and Its Impact on Our Lives

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Crossway Books, 2003 - Religion - 203 pages
There is a war afoot between two fantasy worlds. The recent release of feature films based on The Lord of the Rings trilogy has reawakened popular interest in J. R. R. Tolkien’ s fantastical creatures. Meanwhile, Harry Potter fans devour every installment of J. K. Rowling’ s best-selling series. While both series have ardent fans and some similarities, is there actually an important difference between the two? How are readers and moviegoers to think about Frodo and Harry?

This book contrasts the fantasy worlds of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, showing their very different worldviews. Using Harry and Frodo as a lens to examine media entertainment as a whole, the authors show us how to make wise choices, because there’ s more at stake than just a book or a movie— it’ s a way of looking at the world. Discerning readers and thoughtful parents will find this book an eye-opener about what they’ re being taught through the entertainment they choose.

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About the author (2003)

Ted Baehr is Founder and Publisher of MovieguideAA(R) ( and Chairman of the Christian Film & Television CommissionAA(R), as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit. His life's purpose is to be used of God to redeem the values of the media while educating audiences on how to use discernment in selecting their entertainment.

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