[Taking a 15 min break from work to post this. Sorry for the typos. I did not have time to proof it properly. I also wish I had more time to go into more depth with this.} the hobbit book cover The original cover of “The Hobbit” was illustrated by Tolkien, and it had on … Read more
Happy Tolkien Reading Day as well as happy Feast of the Annunciation. Some years back the Tolkien Society was asked if there was a day in which Tolkien fans could gather, read, and celebrate Tolkien. The day the Tolkien Society chose for this is March 25 and is known as Tolkien Reading Day (TRD). Why … Read more
Hello Friends, I know it has been a long time since I last updated the blog. I haven’t forgotten about it. I’ve just been working hard on other things. A couple of weeks back I had the privilege to read a paper I wrote on the Hobbit by Tolkien at a conference, in honor of the … Read more
In an essay titled “Psychological Themes in The Hobbit,” Dorthy Matthews writes the following: “It is only through chance that the key to the trolls’ cave is found, thus providing unearned access to the magic swords so necessary for later trials. If the sword is seen as a phallic symbol, its miraculous appearance at the … Read more
the story might go something like this.
Down, Down, and into the Dark: [Part 1] Part II: Darkness and Black A second theme of The Hobbit, is Tolkien’s concept of descent into darkness. It is simplistic in that evil dwells in darkness and good dwells in the light. This concept of darkness no doubt echoes the Christian themes of light and darkness … Read more
[I am doing a three part post on evil in the Hobbit. This was born out of a summer reading assignment in an attempt to teach my students about evil, the seven deadly sins, and darkness as a theme in literature in a manner that is more narrative than direct lecture. In the process of … Read more
Though this is written in references to how the previous critics treated Beowulf before Tolkien wrote the Essay “The Monsters and the Critics”, I think it can be applied to biblical studies. “A man inherited a field in which was an accumulation of old stone, part of an older hall. Of the old stone some … Read more