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Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" par [Olsen, Corey]
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“Succeeds spectacularly . . . Olsen’s 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.” – Library Journal

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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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 333 pages
  • Editeur : Mariner Books (18 septembre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B006R8PFG8
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Hobbit: Not a mere children's tale 8 septembre 2014
Par Loves to Knit - Publié sur
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I loved this. It made me appreciate aspects of The Hobbits I couldn't quite put into words, and definitely showed how The Hobbit serves as a bridge between The Silmarillion and Lord of the Rings, even if the works were not published in order. The one minor deficiency (not enough to deduct a star in the rating) was that in discussing the history of The Hobbit, Dr. Olsen should remind the reader that the first version was essentially the bedtime story JRR Tolkien told his children. So Gollum is more moral and playful in that version, and why the ring is not The Ring.

I found it interesting when Dr. Olsen discussed the old meanings of the word "clue." Even into the early 20th century, in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, a "clew of garn" meant a ball of yarn with a rattle in it, so that when the ball rolled into a dark corner, as knitters knitted by the light of the fireplace, it could be found easily.

Dr. Olsen, please write a similar analysis for Lord of the Rings!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Insights 29 octobre 2012
Par Timothy Haugh - Publié sur
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I read a lot as a child. However, my parents say that the only books they clearly remember me reading are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This is most certainly because these were among the handful of books that I read over and over. I still reread The Lord of the Rings from time to time but it had been decades since I'd read The Hobbit until I came across this wonderful little book by Mr. Olsen.

When I saw that this book was divided into 19 chapters, one for each chapter in The Hobbit, I decided to read a chapter from the Tolkien and then follow it immediately with the corresponding chapter from Olsen. In this way, I worked my way through both books over the course of about two weeks. It was an excellent experience. Not only did I get to immerse myself once again in Middle-Earth's founding text, but I was able to look at it in an entirely new light thanks to Mr. Olsen's insights.

To begin with, it was nice just to read The Hobbit again. Though I knew the story well, the intervening years since my last reading had faded my memory a bit. For example, I'd forgotten how early in the story it is that Bilbo encounters Gollum and acquires the Ring. Being a bigger fan of The Lord of the Rings had made this moment the climax of the story in my memory. Instead, this encounter lays the groundwork that allows Bilbo to succeed in the many events that are to follow including (but not limited to) escaping from the spiders, escaping from the Wood-elves, and conversing with Smaug.

More importantly, however, reading Mr. Olsen's work allowed me to come to a deeper appreciation of what Tolkien accomplished with The Hobbit. When he wrote The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings was yet to come. The Hobbit has a simplicity and unity that is clouded by the impact of The Lord of the Rings. (In fact, Tolkien had to go back and make some small but important changes to subsequent editions of The Hobbit to make it work with what he created in The Lord of the Rings.) Mr. Olsen is especially good at tracing the development of Bilbo's character from retiring hobbit to successful thief: in pointing out the thesis, antithesis, synthesis movement of Bilbo's character between his Baggins side and his Took side.

Of course, Mr. Olsen covers a lot more ground than this. He points out the importance of luck in the proceedings. He analyzes the difference between creatures that are "wild" and creatures that are truly evil. He has a particularly excellent look at the "dragon-sickness" that takes over nearly everyone as the novel draws to a close, nearly causing disaster. He also has a serious interest in the poetry and song that appears in nearly every chapter of The Hobbit and argues well for its importance in understanding the nature of the novel.

In the end, Mr. Olsen did not convince me that The Hobbit is a better book than The Lord of the Rings (nor am I quite sure he is trying to do so). On the other hand, he greatly increased my appreciation of "the prelude". With the coming of the first of The Hobbit movies this Christmas, I am glad that I was able to do a close reading of the novel. I will always be grateful to Mr. Olsen for that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An absolute must for anybody who loves The Hobbit 29 septembre 2012
Par Joshua Engel - Publié sur
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This is an amazing book. Dr. Olsen takes The Hobbit seriously, neither as a simplistic children's book nor as an addendum to the epic sweep of Tolkien's legends. The Hobbit is literature unto itself, and Olsen seriously examines its themes (such Luck and The Wild) and its characters.

He writes not for academics, but for anybody who has loved The Hobbit and wants to know more about how its parts fit together. He wants us to actually read each of the poems and songs and to treat them seriously; there's a lot more in them than meets the eye (especially if you just skip over them, as so many people do, including me).

Of particular interest is the Gollum chapter. Olsen talks about the history of the chapter, and the ways in which it was tweaked to fit into The Lord of the Rings. The chapter is also fascinating for its in-depth analysis of the riddle game.

The book can be read either after reading The Hobbit or in parallel, with each chapter of Olsen's book corresponding to a chapter or two in The Hobbit. If you've read The Hobbit before, it will definitely make you want to read it again and see just how much more there is than you noticed the first time. Highly recommended.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must for Tolkien Geeks 27 mai 2013
Par Damián Fraustro - Publié sur
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For any Tolkien (or Hobbit) fan, this book is amazing. A very thorough and understandable study of The Hobbit book, and a must have for anyone interested in understanding and appreciating all the work Tolkien did when writing his books. (It must be said this book was sanctioned by the Tolkien Estate.)

It is important to point out that this book concentrates on The Hobbit all by itself, aknowledging the rest of Tolkien's body of work, but not going beyond a few mentions here and there. The Hobbit was written as a standalone story, and it is important to read it as such. It is later that the relationship with the rest of the books is established. (In fact, this book does a great job at explaining and analyzing the importance of the changes Tolkien did between the original edition and the one released later and retconned to better fit into the larger story. And the masterful way Tolkien managed to include both the original story and the retconned one into the Lord of the Rings canon without creating a plot hole.

Professor Olsen does a spectacular job at showing the depth and thought behing this "children's" book, and does so in a very clear and pleasant way. One is compelled to go running to re-read The Hobbit, just to spot all those little but important details seeded all over the story.

I learned about Exploring The Hobbit at the author's podcast, and even while I was familiar with the book's content, it was full of pleasant surprises and extensive cross-referencing (of a friendly and non-intrusive kind). A very enjoyable read through and through.

My only complains are that the book was too short, and that it will take several years until professor Olsen is able to write some similar books about LotR.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magical; like having a long conversation about the Hobbit with a friend 6 septembre 2013
Par Ipy - Publié sur
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I have always been a huge Tolkien fan and have read all of his works (minus the massive History of Middle Earth) many times. I love talking about Tolkien with other fans. Despite this, I have always avoided analysis and criticisms of his works. I am not really into lit crit and while I might read some back in college for a paper, I do not do it for pleasure. I resisted reading this book for a while for this reason and now I have to admit how misguided that was.

Reading this book was a wonderful experience. I have always loved The Hobbit, but I relished the opportunity to slow down and really consider what the book was saying. I can honestly say I now have an even deeper appreciation of The Hobbit than I did before. Professor Olsen helps you to think of The Hobbit on its own and not as being merely setup for LOTR. This is a masterstroke and really helps this truly deep and beautiful story to shine. Any Tolkien fan will love this book and I highly recommend it. If you are resisting reading it because you do not want to see a book you love deconstructed and interpreted for you by an academic, your fears are unfounded. I earnestly hope Professor Olsen follows this with similar books about each book of LOTR.
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