The Hobbit and Tolkien s Mythology

The Hobbit and Tolkien      s Mythology

by showing first a photo of the Lord ofthe Rings'volumes with the caption “3 movies” and a copy of The Hobbit with the same caption, “3 Movies.” This photo is followed by one of Peter Jackson with his hands up in the History Channel ...

Author: Bradford Lee Eden

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476617954

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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At the 2013 “Celebrating The Hobbit” conference at Valparaiso University—marking the 75th anniversary of the book’s publication and the first installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies—two plenary papers were presented: “Anchoring the Myth: The Impact of The Hobbit on Tolkien’s Legendarium” by John D. Rateliff provided numerous examples of The Hobbit’s influence on Tolkien’s legendarium; and “Tolkien’s French Connections” by Verlyn Flieger discussed French influences on the development of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures. In discussions with the plenary speakers and other presenters, it became apparent that a book focusing on how The Hobbit influenced the subsequent development of Tolkien’s legendarium was sorely needed. This collection of 15 previously unpublished essays fills that need. With Rateliff’s and Flieger’s papers included, the book presents two chapters on the Evolution of the Dwarven Race, two chapters on Durin’s Day examining the Dwarven lunar calendar, and 11 chapters on themes exploring various topics on influences and revisions between The Hobbit and Tolkien’s legendarium.
Categories: Literary Criticism

J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit

J  R  R  Tolkien s  The Hobbit

As Tolkien put it in a 1938 letter, the hobbit “intruded” into the grander history he had in mind, and Tolkien spent much of the rest of his life trying to reconcile such an unexpected occurrence with what he took to be his more ...

Author: Robert T. Tally Jr.

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031112669

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 116

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This book is a critical introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, but it also advances an argument about the novel in the context of Tolkien’s larger literary and philosophical project. Notwithstanding its canonical place in the fantasy genre, The Hobbit is ultimately a historical novel. It does not refer directly to any “real” historical events, but it both enacts and conceptualizes history in a way that makes it real. Drawing on Marxist literary criticism and narrative theory, this book examines the form and content of Tolkien’s work, demonstrating how the heroic romance is simultaneously employed and subverted by Tolkien in his tale of an unlikely hero, “quite a little fellow in a wide world,” who nonetheless makes history. First-time readers of Tolkien, as well as established scholars and fans, will enjoy this engaging and accessible study of The Hobbit.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Hobbit Party

The Hobbit Party

The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot Jay Richards, Jonathan Witt. 24 Hardly Any “Government” As every lover of Tolkien knows, The Hobbit begins in a hobbit hole, not a nasty, dirty, bare hole, but a comfortable ...

Author: Jay Richards

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9781586178239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

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Anyone who has read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings can gather that their author hated tyranny, but few know that the novelist who once described himself as a hobbit Òin all but sizeÓ wasÑeven by hobbit standardsÑa zealous proponent of economic freedom and small government. There is a growing concern among many that the West is sliding into political, economic, and moral bankruptcy. In his beloved novels of Middle-Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien has drawn us a map to freedom. Scholar Joseph Pearce, who himself has written articles and chapters on the political significance of TolkienÕs work, testified in his book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics, ÒIf much has been written on the religious significance of The Lord of the Rings, less has been written on its political significanceÑand the little that has been written is often erroneous in its conclusions and ignorant of TolkienÕs intentionsÉ. Much more work is needed in this area, not least because Tolkien stated, implicitly at least, that the political significance of the work was second only to the religious in its importance.Ó Several books ably explore how TolkienÕs Catholic faith informed his fiction. None until now have centered on how his passion for liberty and limited government also shaped his work, or how this passion grew directly from his theological vision of man and creation. The Hobbit Party fills this void. The few existing pieces that do focus on the subject are mostly written by scholars with little or no formal training in literary analysis, and even less training in political economy. Witt and Richards bring to The Hobbit Party a combined expertise in literary studies, political theory, economics, philosophy, and theology.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Hobbit Trap

The Hobbit Trap

At the same conference, Debbie Argue – without any prejudice – presented her own views on the strength of the argument that the 'Hobbit' represented a new species. In all, more than fifty papers were presented covering a diverse range ...

Author: Maciej Henneberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315418285

Category: Science

Page: 228

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When scientists found the remains of a tiny hominid on an Indonesian in 2004, they claimed they found a totally new species of human ancestor (homo floresiensis), and called it a Hobbit. Film crews rolled in and the little creature took the world by storm, but a group of prominent scientists, including Maciej Henneberg and Robert Eckhardt, smelled a rat. They refuted the data—the size and shape of bones, the inferences about height—and they raised fundamental questions about scientific method, revealing cultural and political pressures that lead to the wide acceptance of unsupported theories. The Hobbit Trap describes how the case against the “new species” theory developed and offers an important critique of the species concept in evolution. In this thoroughly updated second edition, the authors include new data and analysis of the Flores fossils, and expand their important analysis of scientific practice, calling for a new movement to reverse the decline in scientific standards and the rise in scientific politics. This lively and important challenge to conventional wisdom is accessible to the general reader and makes a stimulating addition to courses on the history and philosophy of science, evolution and physical anthropology.
Categories: Science

The Hobbit and Philosophy

The Hobbit and Philosophy

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New York: Del Rey/ Ballantine Books, 2001), 424. 4. Tolkien, The Hobbit , 18. 5. J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Quest of Erebor,” in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and MiddleEarth ...

Author: Gregory Bassham

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470405147

Category: Philosophy

Page: 278

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A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic—just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jackson's new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting "prequel" to The Lord of the Rings. With the help of some of history's great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply "nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things" that "make you late for dinner," or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit's central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit's story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo's to give? How should Smaug's treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his "beautiful golden harp" at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the world's deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elrond's Last Homely House to Gollum's "slimy island of rock," this is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures "there and back again" for the first time.
Categories: Philosophy

Exploring J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit

Exploring J R R  Tolkien s The Hobbit

R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, I am discussing The Hobbit only as it existed in the Solo Stage and the Revision Stage described above. The reason for this is quite simple: I want us to read The Hobbit on its own ground. The story of The ...

Author: Corey Olsen

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547739465

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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The host of the popular podcast The Tolkien Professor provides an in-depth tour of The Hobbit, detailing the secrets and stories behind the characters within the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. 30,000 first printing.
Categories: Literary Criticism

An A Z of JRR Tolkien s The Hobbit

An A Z of JRR Tolkien s The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of The Hobbit, was an author, poet, university lecturer and philologist. His book, The Hobbit, is one of the world's bestselling books of all time. Its full title is The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.

Author: Sarah Oliver

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 9781782190905

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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A is for... Auditions - Find out which pop star auditioned to play an elf and who impressed Peter Jackson the most. B is for... Bilbo - Martin Freeman had reservations about playing Bilbo at first - discover why. He had great fun on set with his fellow actors, find out who he loved working with and who he didn't. Uncover why the movie Bilbo is different from the book "The Hobbit". C is for... Cast - Filming The Hobbit threw up all kinds of challenges for the cast. Find out who injured themselves on set and who the biggest prankster was! All this and more, including... all the behind-the-scenes set secrets, why Elijah Wood had to be involved, and what to expect from the next two Hobbit movies. This is the MUST HAVE book for any fan of The Hobbit.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Christian World of The Hobbit

The Christian World of The Hobbit

“There has been an abundance of first-rate books examining the Christian dimension of TheLord of the Rings, but Tolkien's other bestselling book, The Hobbit, has been largely overlooked. That sin of omission has been rectified by Devin ...

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426749490

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 196

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Reveals the Christian elements that lie at the center of "The Hobbit," explaining how Tolkien incorporated his faith into his classic literary work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Quicklet on J R R Tolkien s The Hobbit CliffNotes like Summary

Quicklet on J R R  Tolkien s The Hobbit  CliffNotes like Summary

The New York Times writes that while grading papers, Tolkien wrote the opening line of The Hobbit at the top of one of the exams. He then had to write the book to discover exactly what a “hobbit” was. (J. R. R. Tolkien Dead at 81; ...

Author: Taryn Nakamura

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 9781614640486

Category: Study Aids

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ABOUT THE BOOK The New York Times writes that while grading papers, Tolkien wrote the opening line of The Hobbit at the top of one of the exams. He then had to write the book to discover exactly what a “hobbit” was. (J. R. R. Tolkien Dead at 81; Wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’) Tolkien began writing The Hobbit in 1937 and found encouragement from meetings with friends, C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams; this group of writers met in pubs around Oxford and called themselves “The Inklings.” (J. R. R. Tolkien Dead at 81; Wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’) He created a world called Middle Earth and filled it with its own language, creatures, and history. The inspiration for his imagined world springs from his childhood in Sarehole, a small village near Birmingham. In an interview with the New York Times, Tolkien said that the hobbits have some of the characteristics of Sarehole people: “gentle amblers, not really fond of adventures but very fond of their food.” (The Prevalence of Hobbits). MEET THE AUTHOR For the first two weeks of her life, Taryn had no name. During her brief stint as a common noun ("the baby"), she compensated for proper noun deficiency by learning to love language a little too much.Born and raised in Hawaii, she's recently returned home after receiving a B.A. in English at Yale University. As a writing concentrator at Yale, Taryn focused on fiction, but as a Hyperink writer, she has learned that nonfiction can also be fun. In her free time, she likes to run at walking pace, haunt libraries, and eat pickles. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in South Africa on January 3, 1892, but he had his true homecoming when his mother brought him back to the English countryside. While in South Africa, Tolkien was once temporarily kidnapped by an African who wanted to show off a white baby to his friends. After the dry lands and heat of Africa, Tolkien compared the calm, pleasant Sarehole to a “Christmas tree.” (The Prevalence of Hobbits) Tolkien’s father died when he was three, and his mother brought him and his brother home to Sarehole. There, Tolkien received an education in the beauty of the land and the beauty of words. He attributed his love of philology to his mother, and the love of the earth to Sarehold, which he called a “lost paradise” (Tolkien’s Shire) Tolkien received a B.A. in 1915 at Oxford, served in WWI, and then returned to Oxford for an M.A. He became a Professor of English Language at Leeds University and Oxford, where a former student said that he displayed some hobbit-like qualities. (J. R. R. Tolkien Dead at 81; Wrote ‘The Lord of the Rings’). Buy a copy to keep reading!
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The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

The Hobbit  An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide

Peter was also aware that Tolkien had decided to revise The Hobbit in 1960, twenty-three years after the book's first publication. His aim had been to bring it into line with what he now understood about the history of Middle-earth from ...

Author: Brian Sibley

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547899305

Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.
Categories: Fiction