Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" by Corey Olsen

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"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 Corey Olsen

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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.
 
Published September 18, 2012 by Mariner Books. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Olsen, (English/Washington Coll.) who both teaches Tolkien courses and hosts a popular website (The Tolkien Professor), reveals his affection for—obsession with?—Tolkien’s texts in numerous ways.

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Publishers Weekly

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Since 2009, Washington College English professor Olsen’s Web site, The Tolkien Professor, has provided accessible insight into the works of famed academic and fantasist J.R.R. Tolkien. Fans of that si

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Deseret News

Tolkien's The Hobbit," author Corey Olsen takes an in-depth look at Tolkien's classic novel.

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Newcity Lit

Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit.’” It’s intended as an analysis and description of “The Hobbit,” going slowly through the book, chapter by chapter, and taking a close look at Tolkien ‘s writing process.

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Through his changes to the Hobbit text itself and his addition of alternative accounts and explanatory notes in the prologue and appendices of “The Lord of the Rings,” Tolkien spent a good deal of time working to retrofit “The Hobbit” for the world of “The Lord of the Rings.”.

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