Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

Corey Olsen. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25 (320p) ISBN 978-0-547-73946-5
Since 2009, Washington College English professor Olsen’s Web site, The Tolkien Professor, has provided accessible insight into the works of famed academic and fantasist J.R.R. Tolkien. Fans of that site will be pleased to discover Olsen narrowing his focus here to The Hobbit, the children’s book in which the first tentative steps that would eventually lead to Mount Doom itself were taken. Olsen studies Tolkien’s work chapter by chapter, illuminating details of character and plot that might otherwise escape the reader; the various versions of the work in question and the reasons why Tolkien altered his work are likewise examined. A work of love backed up by professional experience, this book is packed with information; the author’s infectious enthusiasm pervades his words, ensuring that what could have been a dry work in other hands will retain even a casual reader’s interest. The result is a text suitable for fans and scholars alike. Agent: Joe Monti, Barry Goldberg Literary. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/02/2012
Release date: 09/18/2012
Show other formats
Paperback - 318 pages - 978-0-544-10663-5
Open Ebook - 320 pages - 978-0-547-73967-0
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-90059-2
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.