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

Olsen, Corey (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
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"The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the twentieth century. In December 2012, millions will be introduced or reintroduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's classic with the arrival of the first of two film adaptations by acclaimed director Peter Jackson. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume, designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience. Professor Corey Olsen (also known as the Tolkien Professor) will take readers on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the revolutions within the life of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as never before"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Olsen, Corey
Title: Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The hobbit
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 22 cm
Contents: A most excellent and audacious hobbit
In the Lone-lands
The ridiculous and the sublime
Over the edge of the wild
The turning point
Where the wild things are
The friend of bears and the guest of eagles
The stinging fly
Burgling faerie
The return of the King
When the thrush knocks
Bilbo earns his reward
A burglar indeed
The meeting of opposites
To sit on a heap of gold and starve
A leap in the dark
The sudden turn
Snow after fire
Under cloud and under star
Summary: "The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the twentieth century. In December 2012, millions will be introduced or reintroduced to J.R.R. Tolkien's classic with the arrival of the first of two film adaptations by acclaimed director Peter Jackson. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume, designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience. Professor Corey Olsen (also known as the Tolkien Professor) will take readers on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the revolutions within the life of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as never before"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 054773946X
9780547739465
Statement of Responsibility: Corey Olsen
Subject Headings: LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy. bisacsh Middle Earth (Imaginary place) Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973. Hobbit
Topical Term: LITERARY CRITICISM Science Fiction & Fantasy
Middle Earth (Imaginary place)
LCCN: 2012017316
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Dec 25, 2013
  • dlpond rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Easy and fun to read literary analysis; provides a greater depth of insight into why the themes of the book continue to hold such great interest for each generation that picks it up. I had just completed re-reading the Hobbit with my 6 year old daughter, who completely loved the experience, and I found it just as powerful and gripping a novel as when I was young.

Personally I found Peter Jackson's interpretation of The Hobbit horrible. He completely departed from the book and it is no wonder people are writing books to help us understand what on earth Jackson was thinking. I say ~ if you're really interested in Tolkien ~ ignore Jackson's The Hobbit totally. Only Jackson's first trilogy 'Lord of the Ring' is worth seeing.

Nov 26, 2012
  • m2 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good review of The Hobbit looking at basic themes and especially delving into the meaning of all the poetry of the book and how it supports theme. Great reading in advance of the release of the Hobbit series of movies by Peter Jackson which in turn commemorates the 75th ANNIVERSARY of the publication of the Hobbit. How indebted we are to Mr. Tolkien, even now, 75 years later.

Oct 29, 2012
  • GummiGirl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A treat for Tolkien fans, especially those who like his poetry. Like the book itself, it's more entertaining than profound.

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