“The Ridiculous and the Sublime”
Reading: Chapters Two and Three, “Roast Mutton,” and “A Short Rest”
In this installment, I discuss the awkward beginning of Bilbo’s burglarious career as he transitions from his safe and comfortable homeland into the dangerous and uncertain lands beyond. We will also see how Tolkien uses humor and absurdity to help young readers meet two very different but equally challenging encounters with the violent, terrifying trolls and the beautiful, enchanting elves.
Length: 32 minutes
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