Critical Insights: The Hobbit

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Stephen W. Potts
September 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-120-2
# of Pages: 300
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In-depth critical discussions of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel - Plus complimentary, unlimited online access to the full content of this great literary reference.

J.R.R. Tolkien's novel was met with international acclaim upon its publication in 1937, given its adventurous plot, elements of high fantasy, and lovable protagonist, Bilbo Baggins. This compilation of essays closely studies the classic staple of children's literature by examining some of its themes-such as maturation and overcoming greed-exploring the world of Middle-earth, and comparing/contrasting the text with its popular sequel, The Lord of the Rings. In experience, the contributors span the entire history of Tolkien scholarship, from one who learned firsthand from J.R.R. Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis to young scholars just beginning their quests into the wild lands of literary critique.

This volume will provide an overview of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit-in fact, several overviews from several different perspectives. It is a guidebook to not only a classic children's novel but to Tolkien's first journey into his fantastic otherworld: Middle-earth. It is The Hobbit after all, that first brought to life Tolkien's elves and dwarves; the wizard Gandalf; the creature Gollum; and, above all, the hobbits themselves - especially those unlikely, suprisingly heroic Bagginses. Essay topics include Tolkien's influences, critical reception, Medieval Germanic motifs, fairy-stories, and Tolkien's illustrations.

Each Critical Insights Edition is divided into four sections: An Introduction, Critical Contexts, Critical Readings, and Resources. In Critical Contexts, the provided essays aim to provide a background to the title, author, or theme that is historical, cultural, and biographical foundation for the reader. The essays in Critical Readings utilize common critcal approaches to further analyze the author's work, or specific works according to the selected theme.  Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index