Monthly Archive: October 2012

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford. (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Jonathan Fruoco

“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” This sentence is without any doubt the best reason why one should read The Hobbit, and the simple fact of quoting these magical words...

Just take a seat (c) Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Guglielmo Spirito

. . . . . In the entrance hallway of that sumptuous home there was an enormous mirror, very old; acquired at least eighty years ago.   A strikingly beautiful boy, a tailor’s assistant,...

The Edge of the Wild (c) Lithuanian Tolkien Society

The Lithuanian Tolkien Society

Tolkien fandom in Lithuania and Tolkien Lietuva The works of J.R.R.Tolkien first came to Lithuania in 1985, the year when The Hobbit was published in Lithuanian. To be sure, ‘samizdat’ translations such as those...

Exam Schools, Oxford

75 reasons: Colin Duriez

75 shades of Hobbit A hitherto unknown species was introduced into the world in 1937, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s opening sentence of 10 words, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” A...

75 reasons: Tom Shippey

BILBO’S HEROIC PROGRESS   When I used to teach a course on Tolkien, one of the essay questions which my students answered consistently well was the one which asked them how, in The Hobbit,...

The Old Sheldonian (c) Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Chris Seeman

Unlike the soon-to-be-released Peter Jackson films, Tolkien’s Hobbit is NOT a “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings. By this I mean that Tolkien did not write it to be an introduction to something...

Libraries are all you need (c) Marcel R. Aubron-Bülles

The Tolkienist’s Library

After much deliberation I have started using LibraryThing to finally list up my own collection on primary and secondary materials on J.R.R. Tolkien, both his life and works. I will keep adding material to...