The Tolkien Professor: The Hobbit Series

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Creation Date July 12th, 2018
Updated Date Updated March 12th, 2019
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"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."

Took and Baggins

  • almost 10 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 1, in which I examine how Tolkien introduces his fantasy world through his flustered little protagonist. Text: Chapter 1, "An Unexpected Party"

The Ridiculous and the Sublime

  • almost 10 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 2, in which I look at the beginning of Bilbo's burlarious career and examine the natures of trolls and elves. Text: Chapters 2 and 3, "Roast Mutton" and "A Short Rest"

At the Roots of the Mountain

  • almost 10 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 3, in which we come to the turning point of Bilbo's career. Containing a discussion of orcs and a careful reading of the Gollum encounter, riddle by riddle. Text: Chapters 4 and 5, "Over Hill and Under Hill" and "Riddles in the Dark"

Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 1

  • over 9 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 4, Part 1, in which we look at the changes in Bilbo and his relationship with Gandalf and the dwarves. Text: Chapters 6 and 7, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire" and "Queer Lodgings"

Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 2

  • over 9 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 4, Part 2, in which we take a close look at the goblins, the wargs, and the eagles. Text: Chapters 6 and 7, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire" and "Queer Lodgings"

Rescued in the Wild, By the Wild 3

  • over 9 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 4, Part 3, in which we examine Beorn, then step back and draw some conclusions about the Wild, followed by a brief discussion of fate and a close reading of the dwarves' song, "The Wind Was on the Withered Heath." Text: Chapters 6 and 7, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire" and "Queer Lodgings"

Bilbo Builds His Resume 1

  • over 9 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 5, Part 1, in which we consider the forest of Mirkwood and its denizens. Text: Chapters 8, 9, and 10: "Flies and Spiders," "Barrels Out of Bond," and "A Warm Welcome."

Bilbo Earns His Reward

  • over 7 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 6 in which we consider the foolishness of the dwarves and the final turning point of Bilbo's career. Text: Chapters 11, 12, and 13: "On the Doorstep," "Inside Information," and "Not At Home."

The Hobbit Grows Up

  • over 7 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 7 in which we discuss the death of Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies. Text: Chapters 14, 15, 16 and 17: "Fire and Water," "The Gathering of the Clouds," "A Thief in the Night," and "The Clouds Burst."

Return and Recovery

  • over 7 years ago

The Hobbit Series Lecture 8 in which we discuss the death of Thorin and Bilbo's return to Bag End. Text: Chapters 18 and 19: " The Return Journey" and " The Last Stage "

Bilbo Builds His Resume 2

  • over 7 years ago

Finally! The return of the hobbit series! The Hobbit Series Lecture 5, Part 2, in which we consider one of the major turning points in Bilbo's life. Text: Chapters 8, 9, and 10: "Flies and Spiders," "Barrels Out of Bond," and "A Warm Welcome."