Exploring The Hobbit

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Corey Olsen talks about what makes The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the twentieth century. In Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, he brings a thorough and original new reading of this great work, chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story.


Corey Olsen

Comments [3]

wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

27 animals were killed during the making of the Hobbit movie.

Dec. 04 2012 12:02 PM
none from nj

The Hobbit and Trilogy have been in my life since my early years.
During the 70's, my mother taught the Lord of the Rings in her English classes. My mother, uncles and family friends discussed the books' messages. My uncle's family had cats named Goldberry and Galadriel.
My mother read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to my sister and I at bedtime.
I picked up the Fellowship on my own at 12.
When traveling through Oxford 20 years ago, my mother and I visited some of Tolkien's haunts.
As I said, it's been a part of my life. I can't wait until I can give my neice and nephew the books.

Dec. 04 2012 11:36 AM
Ed from Larchmont

One reason for the popularity of The Hobbit and the trilogy that followed is that Tolkein embeds in his story the Judeo-Christian view of the world, and an allegory of the place of man in the Judeo-Christian world, and that morality. And people respond well to this, sensing its solidity and reality.

See Joseph Pearce's work on Tolkein's works and Catholic thinking.

Dec. 04 2012 05:48 AM

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