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

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

By Corey Olsen

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547739465, 318pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Description
An admirable and thought-provoking consideration of the underlying themes of "The Hobbit," following the there-and-back-again progress from its famous first line on through to Bilbo's return home at the story's end. Douglas A. Anderson, author of "The Annotated Hobbit"
"The Hobbit" is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the twentieth century. Now Corey Olsen takes readers deep within the text to uncover its secrets and delights.
"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 takes 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 transformation 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.


About the Author
COREY OLSEN is president of Signum University and founder of the Mythgard Institute, an online teaching center for the study of Tolkien and other works of imaginative literature. Through podcasts and his teaching website, The Tolkien Professor, Olsen brings his scholarship on Tolkien to the public. Join the conversation at http: //www.tolkienprofessor.com, or on iTunes.