The gist of the storyline on greed occurs after the dwarves have reclaimed Erebor and its treasure from the dragon, Smaug. Not satisfied with the vast horde of treasure, the king, Thorin Oakenshield, sacrifices his friendships and his own honor in seeking the Arkenstone, a great jewel, prized as “The Heart of the Mountain.”
If you’re going to read The Hobbit, I can also recommend a companion devotional book, Walking with Bilbo by Sarah Arthur. In her chapter, “Where Your Treasure Is,” she lists the effects of greed in the story, destroying:
- good sense
God warns us repeatedly about greed in Scriptures, too. Here’s just a few that especially relate well to The Hobbit:
Luke 12:15 And He said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.
Matthew 6: 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Walking with Bilbo is a good study book to use with a youth group.
- The image was taken from the official movie site’s wallpaper generator.