ONLINE CLASS: The Hobbit—How It All Began (22110)

Four Sundays: September 11, 18, (skip 25th) and October 2, 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT Online

$150.00 Per Person (10% off for members)

In 1992 Christopher Tolkien, busy with The History of Middle-earth, assigned The Hobbit manuscripts to John Rateliff and said "you do it".  As John describes his work as editor, we'll get a behind the scenes look at this famous book.  We'll learn how the names and characters, not to mention the scenery, changed as Tolkien wrote his way into the story. Whether you're a first-time Tolkien reader or an old hobbit-hand, your questions will spark our discussion. Four Sundays: September 11, 18, (skip 25th) and October 2, 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT Online


The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, 2nd Edition, 9780618150823 

Note: The History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff 9780007440825 is not available in print edition from P&P.

The e-book of (History of The Hobbit) is available through online providers.

Verlyn Flieger is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, where for 36 years she taught courses in Tolkien, Medieval Literature, and Comparative Mythology. She is the author of five critical books on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, Splintered Light, A Question of Time, Interrupted Music, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, and There Would Always Be A Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien. She edited the Extended edition of Tolkien's Smith of Wootton Major. With Carl Hostetter she edited Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, and with Douglas A. Anderson she edited the Expanded Edition of Tolkien On Fairy-Stories. With Michael Drout and David Bratman she is a co-editor of the yearly journal Tolkien Studies. She has also published two fantasy novels, Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww, an Arthurian novella, Avilion, and the short stories "Green Hill Country" and "Igraine at Tintagel."

John D. Rateliff is best known for The History of The Hobbit: his edition, with extensive commentary, of J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit manuscripts. He also worked for TSR as a roleplaying editor on projects such as the third edition D&D Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide. Having written his dissertation on Lord Dunsany, Rateliff likes to describe his degree as "a Ph.D in fantasy. I’m the subject of a chapter in Ben Riggs’ new book Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons & Dragons (St. Martins 2022)—Chapter 14: TSR and Tolkien, or the Game That Was Not.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Hobbit (The Lord of the Rings) By J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Hague (Illustrator) Cover Image
By J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Hague (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618150823
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Published: Clarion Books - September 25th, 2001