Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

I cannot imagine a more patient, astute, and well-informed guide to the world of The Hobbit than Corey Olsen.  His readers are lucky.

- Patrick Curry, author of Defending Middle-earth

Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

Book News

October & November 2012 – Corey’s on the road!  Check out his Events page to learn more about where you can find him.

September 2012 – Dr. Olsen will be reading in D.C. as a guest at the National Book Festival on September 23rd.  Learn more!

Dr. Olsen took part in a 75th Anniversary of The Hobbit special on NPR.  Missed the live broadcast?  Listen to it here!

He also gave a brief interview with Joe Donahue on WAMC’s Roundtable, a part of NPR Northeast. Listen to the interview here!

July 2012 – The reviews of Dr. Olsen’s book are in!  Visit the new press clippings section to find out what the literary world thinks.

May 2012 - The first twelve pages of Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit have been released.  Read on, friend!

About The Book

The Hobbit has been a childhood classic for decades.  Millions have read and loved it before they reached high school; many carry cherished memories of a parent reading the book aloud to them.  For some readers, it opens the door to a world of fantasy which will enrich the rest of their lives. The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the twentieth century.

Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a fun, thoughtful, and insightful companion volume, designed to bring a thorough and original new reading of this great work to a general audience.  Professor Corey Olsen (also known as the Tolkien Professor) will take readers on an in-depth journey through The Hobbit chapter by chapter, revealing the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the revolutions within the life of Bilbo Baggins.  Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a book which will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as it never has before.

Listen to the original Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit announcement from The Tolkien Professor.


Order Today

Starting September 2012, you can order a paper or digital copy from the retailers below:

Signed Copies

Bring your book to a signing (find one on the Events page) and Dr. Olsen will be more than happy to personalize a signature for you or a friend!


An Educational Journey

Enroll Now ButtonWant to get even deeper into The Hobbit? Register today for Dr. Olsen’s upcoming Spring 2013 course, The Story of The Hobbit! Go behind the scenes, discover the inspirations and explore the adaptations of J.R.R Tolkien’s beloved story. With exciting guest lectures from top scholars and a look at the first in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy, the fun on this journey is definitely expected.

Enroll to take the The Story of the Hobbit for M.A. credit or as an auditor today!