In his essay ‘On Fairy Stories,’ J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “Fairy-stories were plainly not primarily concerned with possibility, but with desirability. If they awakened desire, satisfying it while often whetting it unbearably, they succeeded.” (page 41)
A few sentences later Tolkien talks about how these desires can be universal or particular. Using himself as an example, “I had no desire to have either dreams or adventures like Alice, and the account of them merely amused me. I had very little desire to look for buried treasure or fight pirates, and Treasure Island left me cool. Red Indians were better; there were bows and arrows (I had and have a wholly unsatisfied desire to shoot well with the bow), and strange languages, and glimpses of an archaic mode of life, and, above all, forests in such stories. But the land of Merlin and Arthur was better than these, and best of all the name-less North of Sigurd of the Volsungs, and the prince of all dragons. Such lands were eminently desirable.” (Page 41)
My sermon research questions for you? Three of them;
1. What desire does The Hobbit connect to and whet in you?
2. Why do you think God put that desire in you?
3. How is that desire ultimately satisfied by God?