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My favorite book of 'Hobbit' criticism

squire
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Sep 20 2013, 12:34am


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My favorite book of 'Hobbit' criticism [In reply to] Can't Post

is The Hobbit: A Journey into Maturity by William H. Green (Twayne, 1995). I got a used copy from an internet bookseller, so I'm sure you could too. Green treats The Hobbit entirely on its own terms, with almost no reference to The Lord of the Rings; the book changed my mind about the importance of the book as a literary achievement in its own right. This contrasted with the best previous writing I'd encountered on the subject, which was Paul Kocher's chapter "The Hobbit" in his general book on Tolkien, Master of Middle-earth (1972). Kocher essentially bought into the idea that The Hobbit, for all its many virtues and unique qualities, was a 'training run' for LotR.
I haven't read Olsen's book, but the Fisher review sounds reliable.



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LOTR and The Hobbit illustrated hardback editions (and related) questions, advice requested malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 19 2013, 6:37pm
    Personally, I am not a fan Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Sep 19 2013, 8:36pm
        Thanks for the reply Voronwe malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 20 2013, 6:21pm
    My favorite book of 'Hobbit' criticism squire Send a private message to squire Sep 20 2013, 12:34am
        Thanks for the reply, squire. malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 20 2013, 6:27pm
    my advice elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Sep 20 2013, 1:50pm
        Thank you for the advice. malickfan Send a private message to malickfan Sep 20 2013, 6:41pm
            Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of that one, either Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Sep 21 2013, 8:09pm

 
 
 

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