Imagine rolling green hills at twilight, speckled with the glow of round windows peeking from under eaves of turf, each opening to a scene of snug, domestic comfort. Imagine an idyllic pastoral land, full of small, happy inhabitants leading small happy lives. Who wouldn’t want to live in the Shire? But we can’t: Hobbiton is just as imaginary as the rest of Tolkien’s Middle-earth, and its peaceful society as impossible as any other utopian dream. Or is it? In their book The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, Jonathan Witt and Jay Richards argue that the good society of the Shire is upheld by the same principles that make a good society in our reality. In fact, according to Witt and Richards, Tolkien’s Middle-earth is, on many levels, a fictional depiction of social, economic, political, and theological truths that our society ignores at its peril.