Youthful encounters with the magic of Middle have inspired many wonderful creative works, including the artistry of John Howe and Alan Lee, the writings of Ursula LeGuin, the BBB production adapted by recent TORn guest Brian Sibley and a host of others.

On Friday, December 13 at 6 p.m. EST (11 p.m. GMT), is pleased to host a chat with renowned Tolkien scholar, Douglas Anderson, editor of “The Annotated Hobbit.”

This newly revised and expanded book is an exhaustive look at the sources for, influences upon, and alterations to Tolkien’s “Hobbit.” In addition to the full text and annotations, there are over 150 illustrations — including many of Tolkien’s own creation.

Anderson’s own early readings of “The Lord of the Rings” set him upon a path of medieval and mythology studies and a life-long interest in Tolkien’s publishing history. His other works include J. R. R. Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography (1993) with Wayne G. Hammond.

As Anderson wrote in tribute to the professor, “Tolkien’s writings have occupied a large part of my mental landscape for nearly thirty years, and I expect that they shall do so for another thirty years, as I continue to study the man and his writings, and learn new ways to appreciate various aspects of his creative genius.”
Please join us for what promises to be a most interesting examination of Tolkien’s first published work. To participate, join Barlimans and then type /join #thehalloffire. Further connection help can be found [Here]