Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit by Corey Olsen

As with The Hobbit, I'm marking this as finished because, well, I did.  I'm pretty sure I reviewed this before back on Goodreads, which may have transferred, but whatever.  After spending the last 19 weeks with this book, it's only right I give this one its due. Professor Olsen has provided an invaluable resource in … Continue reading Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit by Corey Olsen

The Hobbit – Chapter 18: “The Return Journey”

Bilbo awakes to discover... the battle is over.  All is "deadly still."  To Bilbo's mind, victory is "gloomy business."  It's such a simple phrase, but as discussed in the previous chapter, it's so indicative of Tolkien's mind. Bilbo has been searched for and would have been numbered among the dead because the ring hid him.  … Continue reading The Hobbit – Chapter 18: “The Return Journey”

The Hobbit – Chapter 16: “A Thief in the Night”

In older days, the dwarves could dedicate to a life underground, of mining and of smithing, because they had a relationship with the men of Dale.  Riches of gold flowed, and abundance of food and supplies likewise.  As this chapter opens, those days are over, a result of the Desolation of Smaug, which continues manifesting … Continue reading The Hobbit – Chapter 16: “A Thief in the Night”