Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's

Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"

by Corey Olsen
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Exploring J. R. R. Tolkien's the Hobbit 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an in depth analysis of the Hobbit. If you want to learn more about Tolkien from someone who clearly loves him, this is the book for you. I've really enjoyed Dr Olsen's podcast, especially the Silmarillion seminar! Looking forward to more from 'The Tolkien Professor' in the future.
Jason_A_Greer More than 1 year ago
About a year ago, I gladly devoured Professor Olsen's Tolkien Professor podcasts, and was happy to learn that he had created, in a sense, the companion book, to his lectures at Maryland's Washington College. The reason why is because he has opened up the text to more readers and to greater reader understanding by his particular type of literary criticism. Olsen's enthusiasm for The Hobbit is infectious, and is clearly a vocation for him, not just a job. And neither is this book an example of writing just to capitalize on the cinematic productions of Tolkien's works. Olsen loves his subject, and he hopes you will to. He hopes to share this, by a form of popular literary criticism that is far removed from the usual dry academic works that have made many a student dislike what they are being read. Instead this form of literary criticism opens the book up to real exploration. There is little of Olsen's opinion in this work, that is entirely focused on the text of the Hobbit, and instead he aims to take the readers on a step by step tour of the work. His greatest strengths in this book are his explanations of the poetry / songs in the book and on Tolkien's use of a sort of divine 'luck' that drives the characters that is not a deaux ex machina. For a children's story, Olsen aims to show how Tolkien created complex moral characters, within complex situations and choices. The language may be for educated children, but the situations within are certainly interesting to people of all ages. The central character of Bilbo, his nature and choices makes up a large portion of the analysis of this work, as does how the 'dragon sickness' is not limited to dragons, but can effect virtually everyone in the story, even the auction to settle Bilbo's estate. Olsen's breaking up the text to explain how Tolkien created secondary worlds, in his writing, is helpful as well. Enthusiasts and first time readers of The Hobbit should find this text not only useful, but enjoyable. It was written with great enthusiasm for the text that the user should find infectious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good study of Tolkien's work. Well written.
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XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand 3 times,post this on 3 different books,and look under your pillow
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Nice book
glentn More than 1 year ago
have not had a chance to read this yet. It is the next on my list.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This looks cool.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv the hobbit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay i guess
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