Thread: Tolkien Professor
There are a few lectures on the Hobbit right now. He's doing some close reading on it. His website's below:
I just went and listened to the "intro" lecture. Some very good insights - some which I heard before, and elucidated nicely. I think I may download some of the others.
It's pretty nice just to hear all those details being reexamined again.
I also liked some of his podcasts.
i've been through all of the posted lectures and additional podcasts.
changed how i read all of the middle earth books, as well as tree and leaf.
i was glad to see so much attention given to the poems.
I remember a couple of years ago I saw an advert on teli showing a priest from somewhere, perhaps the U.K and he was giving a series of lectures on LOTR. It was very absorbing and at one point it highlighted one of the things he would speak about;. namely the fact that many love the books because they give them a chance to go into another world where there are deep troubles and a threat to the freedom mankind desires so deeply , and they get to 'go along' as it were and join the fight, feel the grief and experience the joy of finally seeing victory in a rather personal way. I admit that while reading some parts I too escaped and allowed myself to enter into some of the deep feelings and views of the different participants in life in Middle-earth.