Category: Rants

Exam Schools, Oxford 0

75 reasons: Colin Duriez

75 shades of Hobbit hitherto unknown species was introduced into the world in 1937, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s opening sentence of 10 words, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” A movie’s...

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75 reasons: Tom Shippey

BILBO’S HEROIC PROGRESS hen I used to teach a course on Tolkien, one of the essay questions which my students answered consistently well was the one which asked them how, in The Hobbit, Bilbo...

The Old Sheldonian (c) Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles 2

75 reasons: Chris Seeman

nlike the soon-to-be-released Peter Jackson films, Tolkien’s Hobbit is NOT a “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings. By this I mean that Tolkien did not write it to be an introduction to something...

Tolkien Reading Day 0

75 reasons: Verlyn Flieger

would like people to read The Hobbit before viewing the forthcoming film presentations by Peter Jackson for several reasons.  If they have already read The Hobbit I would like them read it again to...

Open book 2

75 reasons: Brian Sibley

reasons? Well… a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins; a wizard named Gandalf; pipes; a door; a sign; twelve dwarves named Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Thorin; an unexpected...