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A commentary on “Concerning Christopher”

n January 7th, 2013, TheOneRing.Net author JPB published an essay titled Concerning Christopher – An Essay on Tolkien’s Son’s Decision to Not Allow Further Cinematic Licensing of His Work. I was amazed at the...

Tolkien Reading Day

75 reasons: Thomas Honegger

ell, I would actually recommend to listen to a good recording, such as the unabridged reading by Rob Inglis who takes you through Tolkien’s tale within eleven hours (– the same goes for...

Bench at Wolvercote Cemetery (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Michael Drout

The Heroic World and the Bourgeois World Each Have Something to Offer n important structural dynamic in The Hobbit is the interaction of the bourgeois world with the heroic.[1] Bilbo, with his pocket...

The Randolph, Oxford (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Dimitra Fimi

hy should one read The Hobbit before watching the film? Because, judging by the trailers and interviews, the Hobbit film adaptation will be presented as a coherent ‘prequel’ to The Lord of the...

The Bird & Baby, Oxford, at night (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Douglas A. Anderson

n my view, when a work exists in a form that has been popular enough to precipitate a film being made of it, I’ve usually tried to experience the original before the adaptation....

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford. (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Jonathan Fruoco

“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” This sentence is without any doubt the best reason why one should read The Hobbit, and the simple fact of quoting these magical...