|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2012|
|Number of Pages:||318|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.01|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.78 x 1.13 x 8.39|
A companion text to a well-known and -loved novel like The Hobbit requires a talented and qualified author. Olsen (English, Washington Coll.), who oversees the website tolkienprofessor. com, succeeds spectacularly by providing his readers with a thorough and detailed analysis of this classic. Insights into Tolkien's writing and discussions of themes, ideas, characters, songs, and poems from the book are included (e.g., the evolution of Bilbo's character, the hidden meanings in the songs of the elves, and how Tolkien wrote for young readers). The text is broken into sections that parallel chapters of The Hobbit and include subheadings briefly describing the themes and ideas to be discussed. In addition to the index, Olsen provides an informative introduction and options for further reading.
Verdict: Olson's work is scholarly but friendly. His highly accessible writing on such a beloved classic will appeal to Tolkien fans at all academic levels, while the detailed and thoughtful analysis of the original text will keep literary scholars and fantasy lovers engaged.
-Jennifer Harris, Mercyhurst Univ. Lib., Erie, PA
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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.
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