Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Author: Corey Olsen

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054773946X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

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The host of the popular podcast The Tolkien Professor provides an in-depth tour of The Hobbit, detailing the secrets and stories behind the characters within the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. 30,000 first printing.

Hobbits, Elves and Wizards

The Wonders and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings"

Author: Dr. Michael N. Stanton

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250086647

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Middle Earth, Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo: The places and characters that sprang from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien will live forever in the imaginations of millions of readers. In Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards, Michael Stanton, a scholar of science fiction and fantasy literature, offers an extraordinary encounter with The Lord of the Rings. Believing that there is no epic of contemporary literature to match The Lord of the Rings, Stanton delves critically into the richness of the story. He explores the intricacies of its dialogue and illuminates the idiosyncratic nature of it characters. He looks at places, dreams, notions of time and history. Eschewing academic jargon, Stanton provides an intriguing look at Tolkien's fantasyscape that ultimately shows how all of these parts meld into a singularly compelling work of art that lives and breathes. For those who have read and loved The Lord of the Rings, Stanton embarks on an exploration of Tolkien's genius, painting a rich and wonderful critical portrait of the world he created, a portrait that no one who truly hopes to understand Tolkien's vision will want to be without.

Frodos Reisen

der Atlas zu J. R. R. Tolkien "Der Herr der Ringe"

Author: Barbara Strachey

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 9783608950069

Category:

Page: 110

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Basiswissen RDA

Eine Einführung für deutschsprachige Anwender

Author: Heidrun Wiesenmüller,Silke Horny

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110550741

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 348

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Mit der ersten Auflage von Basiswissen RDA lag erstmals ein deutschsprachiges Lehrbuch für das neue, internationale Katalogisierungsregelwerk RDA (Resource Description and Access) vor. Seither wurde nicht nur das Regelwerk selbst an vielen Stellen verändert, sondern auch die deutschsprachigen Anwendungsrichtlinien wurden erheblich erweitert und verfeinert – nicht zuletzt aufgrund der Praxiserfahrungen seit dem Beginn der aktiven Katalogisierung mit RDA. Die überarbeitete und erweiterte Neuauflage präsentiert die Katalogisierungsregeln auf dem aktuellen Stand von 2017 bietet an vielen Stellen zusätzliche Details und Erläuterungen geht besonders auf typische Fragen und Probleme ein, die beim Katalogisieren mit RDA auftreten wurde um Beispiele und Erklärungen für verschiedene Themenbereiche erweitert (u.a. Reproduktionen, E-Books, Sprachkurse) behandelt auch das neue theoretische Modell IFLA LRM und die geplante Weiterentwicklung von RDA Die zweite Auflage von Basiswissen RDA ist ein unverzichtbarer Begleiter für Studierende, Auszubildende und Beschäftigte in Bibliotheken, die mit RDA arbeiten. Das Lehrbuch unterstützt nicht nur beim Anfertigen von korrekten Katalogisaten, sondern auch dabei, das neue Regelwerk zu verstehen.

The Riddles of The Hobbit

Author: Adam Roberts

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137373652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

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Riddles have lost none of their power over us: we are as fascinated by mysteries, from sudoko to whodunnits, from jokes to philosophical conundrums. The Hobbit is a book threaded through with riddles; most obviously in its central 'Riddles in the Dark' chapter, but everywhere else too—what does 'Good Morning' mean? What is a burrahobbit? How many versions of the Hobbit are there? What is the buried secret in the nine riddles Bilbo and Gollum swap between one another? What are Ents? Dragons? Wizards? What is the magic of the magic ring? All these questions, and more, are answered in The Riddles of The Hobbit, the first critical engagement with Tolkien's great novel to take 'the riddle' seriously as a key structuring principle of the novel. Riddles are more than a diverting pastime; they are expressive and beguiling rebuses that touch on larger mysteries, powerful questions and paradoxes also embodied in the Catholicism that informed so much of Tolkien's imaginative life. Ringing widely across Tolkien's creative life, The Riddles of The Hobbit explores the importance of riddles to the Anglo Saxon and Norse cultures that inspired him, and discusses scores of riddles offering (usually) more than one answer for each. This is a critical study of the playful aspect of a great writer that takes his playfulness seriously; it explores and embodies ingenuity; and comes to some original and—on occasion—startling new conclusions.

The Hobbit and Philosophy

For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way

Author: Gregory Bassham,Eric Bronson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470405147

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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Contains over fifteen essays that discuss philosophical topics in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" providing new insights into the characters and plot.

A Companion to J. R. R. Tolkien

Author: Stuart D. Lee

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118517482

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 604

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This is a complete resource for scholars and students of Tolkien, as well as avid fans, with coverage of his life, work, dominant themes, influences, and the critical reaction to his writing. An in-depth examination of Tolkien’s entire work by a cadre of top scholars Provides up-to-date discussion and analysis of Tolkien’s scholarly and literary works, including his latest posthumous book, The Fall of Arthur, as well as addressing contemporary adaptations, including the new Hobbit films Investigates various themes across his body of work, such as mythmaking, medieval languages, nature, war, religion, and the defeat of evil Discusses the impact of his work on art, film, music, gaming, and subsequent generations of fantasy writers

J.R.R. Tolkien

Author of the Century

Author: Tom Shippey

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524439

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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The definitive Tolkien companion—an indispensable guide to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and more, from the author of The Road to Middle-earth. This “highly erudite celebration and exploration of Tolkien’s works [is] enormous fun,” declared the Houston Chronicle, and Tom Shippey, a prominent medievalist and scholar of fantasy, “deepens your understanding” without “making you forget your initial, purely instinctive response to Middle-earth and hobbits.” In a clear and accessible style, Shippey offers a new approach to Tolkien, to fantasy, and to the importance of language in literature. He breaks down The Lord of the Rings as a linguistic feast for the senses and as a response to the human instinct for myth. Elsewhere, he examines The Hobbit’s counterintuitive relationship to the heroic world of Middle-earth; demonstrates the significance of The Silmarillion to Tolkien’s canon; and takes an illuminating look at lesser-known works in connection with Tolkien’s life. Furthermore, he ties all these strands together in a continuing tradition that traces its roots back through Grimms’ Fairy Tales to Beowulf. “Shippey’s commentary is the best so far in elucidating Tolkien’s lovely myth,” wrote Harper’s Magazine. J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century is “a triumph” (Chicago Sun-Times) that not only gives readers a deeper understanding of Tolkien and his work, but also serves as an entertaining introduction to some of the most influential novels ever written.

There and Back Again

JRR Tolkien and the Origins of the Hobbit

Author: Mark Atherton

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780762461

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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A University of Oxford literature lecturer explores the chief influences on Tolkien's work, including his youth in the West Midlands, his World War I experiences and his interest in Scandinavian mythology, to explore the sources of his creative achievements.

Der Fall von Gondolin

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 3608115110

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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›Der Fall von Gondolin‹ – eine der drei Großen Geschichten des Ersten Zeitalters von Mittelerde Zwei der größten Mächte Mittelerdes stehen sich in ›Der Fall von Gondolin‹ gegenüber: Auf der einen Seite Morgoth, die Verkörperung des Bösen und auf der anderen Ulmo, der Herr der Meere, Seen und Flüsse unter dem Himmel. Im Zentrum ihres Konflikts steht die verborgene Elben-Stadt Gondolin. Turgon, König von Gondolin, wird von Morgoth mehr als alles andere gehasst. Seit Langem versucht der dunkle Herrscher, Gondolin zu finden und zu zerstören, aber vergeblich. In diese Welt kommt Tuor und wird zum Werkzeug von Ulmos Plan. Von ihm geleitet, macht sich Tuor auf den gefahrvollen Weg nach Gondolin und gelangt in die verborgene Stadt. Dort heiratet er Idril, die Tochter Turgons; ihr Sohn ist Earendil, dem es vorherbestimmst ist, einmal der berühmteste Seefahrer des Ersten Zeitalters zu werden. Durch einen gemeinen Verräter erfährt Morgoth, wie er einen vernichtenden Angriff gegen die Stadt führen kann, mit Balrogs, Drachen und zahllosen Orks. Das Verhängnis nimmt seinen Lauf. Christopher Tolkien verwendet in dieser Ausgabe eine vergleichbare Darstellung der Entwicklung der Geschichte wie bei ›Beren und Lúthien‹. Für J.R.R. Tolkien war ›Der Fall von Gondolin‹ »die erste richtige Geschichte aus dieser imaginären Welt«, und wie ›Beren und Lúthien‹ und ›Die Kinder Húrins‹ zählte er sie zu den drei ›Großen Geschichten‹ des Ersten Zeitalters von Mittelerde. ›Der Fall von Gondolin‹ wurde von Christopher Tolkien herausgegeben und bildet den Abschluss der drei großen Geschichten, die 2007 mit ›Die Kinder Húrins‹ begonnen und 2017 mit ›Beren und Lúthien‹ fortgesetzt wurde. Dieser neue Band enthält zahlreiche Farbtafeln des berühmten Tolkien-Künstlers Alan Lee. Weltweiter Erscheinungstermin von ›Der Fall von Gondolin‹: 30. August 2018

Bilbo’s quest for identity and maturity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Hobbit"

Author: Katja Grasberger

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668224501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 50

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Bachelor Thesis from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7, University of Bonn (Anglistik), language: English, abstract: The following thesis aims at analysing Bilbo’s quest for identity and maturation in J.R.R. Tolkiens “The Hobbit”. It has been said that “The Hobbit” not only offers a fantasy world but also deals with the human psyche. First of all, the theoretical and more general part will be explaining the hero’s journey, the Monomyth of Campbell, its quest-plot, establishing the basis for the later analysis of Bilbo’s character. In the third chapter Bilbo’s quest will be examined, investigating his character as it is intermingled between the Baggins and Tookish part of his family. It will be displayed how his two natures are at first rather opposing each other and how Bilbo develops so that they complement each other. Furthermore, the most important stages of his development are presented: the trolls, Gollum, the spiders in Mirkwood and finally Smaug. It will be shown how the first three stages are crucial turning points and prepare Bilbo for his final ordeal Smaug and how they shaped his character for the rest of the journey and the rest of his life. Furthermore, the causes of Bilbo’s development will be investigated focusing on what made him do the things he did and what makes him let go of his immature way of life. In addition, the thesis will focus on the "back" of the story, Bilbo’s homecoming, examining how Bilbo changed throughout his journey, what he learnt, what he achieved, and how he is coming to peace as a better and mature hobbit. In the end, all thoughts and ideas will be summed up and it will be critically looked back at what the thesis dealt with. The hero’s journey is not an unfamiliar theme of investigation in literature and always enjoyed a vast popularity. Campbell’s Monomyth is the major concept of this paper to explain how the hero’s character is shaped throughout his journey. Tolkien, as well as many before him, was influenced by Campbell’s idea. Campbell’s theory did not only influence literature but also film and comic, such as Star Wars and The Ultimate Spider-Man. Genuinely, the idea of myths is to convey moral values and provide moral instruction. The idea of the Monomyth cannot only be applied to a literary hero but also to any other human being. The quest of Bilbo Baggins will serve as an example of the hero’s journey in which many features of the Monomyth can be found. Moreover, the idea of the journey is made clear through Bilbo’s quest as he not only has to take physical hurdles but also psychological ones.

The Christian World of The Hobbit

Author: Devin Brown

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 142674949X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 193

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Reveals the Christian elements that lie at the center of "The Hobbit," explaining how Tolkien incorporated his faith into his classic literary work.

Myth & Middle-Earth

Author: Leslie Ellen Jones

Publisher: Open Road Pub

ISBN: 9781892975812

Category: Social Science

Page: 191

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This title takes a popular - not academic - look at the mythic world and mythic themes that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien, not only the Germanic and Norse mythology that most experts discuss, but also Celtic and Finnish myths. It talks of the journeys and quests that inspired Tolkien.

A Question of Time

J.R.R. Tolkien's Road to Faërie

Author: Verlyn Flieger

Publisher: Kent State University Press

ISBN: 9780873386999

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Tolkien's concern with time - past and present, real and faerie - captures the wonder of travel into other worlds and other times. This work shows that he was not just a mythmaker and writer of escapist fantasy but a man whose relationship to his own century was troubled and critical.

Tolkien and the Study of His Sources

Critical Essays

Author: Jason Fisher

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786487283

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Source criticism—analysis of a writer’s source material—has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers’ appreciation. This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology for proper source criticism and provides practical demonstrations of the approach.

The Road to Middle-earth

How J. R. R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology

Author: Tom Shippey

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 0547524412

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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“Uniquely qualified to explicate Tolkien’s worldview,” this journey into the roots of the Lord of the Rings is a classic in its own right (Salon.com). From beloved epic fantasy classic to record-breaking cinematic success, J.R.R. Tolkien's story of four brave hobbits has enraptured the hearts and minds of generations. Now, readers can go deeper into this enchanting lore with a revised edition of Tom Shippey's classic exploration of Middle-earth. From meditations on Tolkien's inspiration to analyses of the influences of his professional background, The Road to Middle-earth takes a closer look at the novels that made Tolkien a legend. Shippey also illuminates Tolkien's more difficult works set in the same world, including The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and the myth cycle, and examines the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by J.R.R.'s son Christopher Tolkien. At once a celebration of a beloved classic and a revealing literary study, The Road to Middle-earth is required reading for fantasy fans and English literature scholars alike.