Tagged: 75 reasons

A bridge in Oxfordshire. (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Paul Vigor

Walking Through Wilderland: An English archaeological landscape investigation Why read JRR Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, before watching Peter Jackson’s film? Well, speaking as an English historian and post-medieval archaeological landscape investigator, I consider The...

Tolkien Reading Day

75 reasons: Thomas Honegger

Well, I would actually recommend to listen to a good recording, such as the unabridged reading by Rob Inglis who takes you through Tolkien’s tale within eleven hours (– the same goes for The...

The Randolph, Oxford (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Dimitra Fimi

Why should one read The Hobbit before watching the film? Because, judging by the trailers and interviews, the Hobbit film adaptation will be presented as a coherent ‘prequel’ to The Lord of the Rings...

The Bird & Baby, Oxford, at night (c) Marcel Aubron-Bülles

75 reasons: Douglas A. Anderson

In my view, when a work exists in a form that has been popular enough to precipitate a film being made of it, I’ve usually tried to experience the original before the adaptation. This...

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,...

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,...

Open book

75 reasons: Brian Sibley

75 reasons? Well… a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins; a wizard named Gandalf; pipes; a door; a sign; twelve dwarves named Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Thorin; an...