In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit, his first major work to see print. Many of you probably read this book as a child, or even listened while a parent read it to you, as Tolkien read it to his own children. As you walk through this little book along with the Tolkien Professor, you may be amazed at how complex and sophisticated it really is.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door…. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?”
— Bilbo Baggins
It is strongly encouraged that you read each section of the book before listening to the lecture, as you will find them much richer and easier to follow in that way.
If you are in need of a good edition of The Hobbit, or if you would like to use the same edition that the Tolkien Professor uses, you can find it through the Literature Page.