First Review of Dr. Olsen’s Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit pronounces book illuminating, author enthusiastic

Good news for those of us waiting ever so patiently until the September release of “The Tolkien Professor” Dr. Corey Olsen’s new book, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit!

Word from Professor Olsen himself is that blurbs from his fellow Tolkien scholars are coming in now and that the first review, courtesy of Publishers Weekly, is out. notes that fans of The Tolkien Professor site and podcasts “will be pleased to discover Olsen narrowing his focus here to The Hobbit…” and proclaims it 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.”

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