Exploring The Hobbit
by Signum University
This course material is only available in the iTunes U app on iPhone or iPad.
|1||The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition)||This Extended adventure follows Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim Erebor with the help of Gandalf the Grey and 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities...A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.||3:02:27||$17.99||View in iTunes|
|2||The Hobbit||A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. “A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review||--||$9.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"||"An admirable and thought-provoking consideration of the underlying themes of The Hobbit, following the there-and-back-again progress from its famous first line on through to Bilbo's return home at the story's end." -- Douglas A. Anderson, author of The Annotated Hobbit The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the twentieth century. Now Corey Olsen takes readers deep within the text to uncover its secrets and delights. 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 takes 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 transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins. Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is a book that will make The Hobbit come alive for readers as never before.||--||$9.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Tolkien and Tradition Promo||--||2:06||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||Hobbit Q&A Message from Dr. Olsen||--||1:07||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture One||--||37:10||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Two||--||32:47||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Three||--||49:51||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Four (Part One)||--||13:07||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Four (Part Two)||--||14:39||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Four (Part Three)||--||29:21||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Five (Part One)||--||22:31||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Five (Part Two)||--||21:19||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Six||--||40:59||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Seven||--||27:13||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Hobbit, Lecture Eight||--||26:12||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||Beyond Middle-earth Promo||--||1:05||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||Live Q&A on The Hobbit (May 9, 2013)||--||1:25:41||Free||View in iTunes|
A well organized, smart and insightful review of a great book. After reading the Hobbit so many times, this series has made me want to read it yet again, but with a new sense of appreciation.
I have read the Hobbit many times, and am looking forward to reading it again with a new appreciation. Professor Olsen's perspective on the story is a lot of fun, and he points out things I hadn't noticed and some things I had. I strongly suggest that you listen to this after reading the story, but just before reading it again.
This is a really good course that walks through the Hobbit and discusses many of the central themes of the story.