Saw the Hobbit the other day. I'm a big fan of the book and so was really curious about the movie. Overall I thought it was very good. Visually it was beautiful. I drew this doodle in early 2012. The pose is bad and the inking is pretty awkward but a fun doodle nonetheless. It was drawn from memory so its not exactly accurate (I don't think hobbits have pointed ears).
J.R.R. Tolkein was a Christian and though his writings are not a direct allegory like C. S. Lewis it is loaded with Christian themes. One of them is that God is glorified using small or weak things. So the Hobbit is a small humble creature yet is the hero of the story. Jesus Christ came as a baby laid in an animal's feed trough, from a poor family, despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and finally crucified. Yet the great plan of God to restore a people to Himself was enacted this way. Christ's humility and weakness in the world's eyes is our great victory and salvation. In this way is God most glorified in that He uses what is small and weak to show His great wisdom and power.
God made all things and all things belong to Him. He made us in His image to reflect His glory by tending His creation under His authority. He made us to know Him, love Him and live for Him.
But we have rebelled against God. We don't want to live for Him. We have lived for ourselves which is evident when we lie, steal, lust, and hate. We have pretended to be god in His place. We have made ourselves an idol. We have failed to love others and we have failed to love God.
This is a horrible crime against the King of all creation. And a crime against an infinite and eternal king requires an infinite and eternal punishment in a place called Hell.
Even though this is what we deserve, God still loves us. He does not desire for us to perish but to be restored to living with and for Him. So God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life always loving God the Father with all His heart, mind, soul, and strength and always loved His neighbor as much as Himself. He lived the life we should have lived and did not deserve to be punished by God.
But Jesus was punished on the cross, not for His own sin, but for the sins of people. He died and was buried and three days later He rose again to give us eternal life.
Now He calls all people everywhere to repent, to stop living for themselves and live for the one who died for them. All the while trusting in His sacrifice and resurrection as payment for their sins. And those who trust in Him will be born again. His Spirit will come to dwell in them and they will have assurance of eternal life. One day, this world will pass away and God will make a new Heavens and a new Earth where God's people will dwell with Him forever.
And this is the story behind O-Boy: The Power of Light. Inspired by the Gospel, which is true myth and at the heart of all our great stories, and by the works of John Bunyan and C. S. Lewis, I am attempting to put together a webcomic where the King of Light takes on the lowest form in order to rescue His people from the power of darkness.
Christian cartoonist seeking to bring glory to his Creator and Redeemer by being creative.