2012 – The Hobbit and Philosophy – Trade Paperback – Eric Bronson, William Irwin, Gregory Bassham – Wiley & Sons

ISBN-10 0470405147
ISBN-13 9780470405147

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic-just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jackson’s new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings . With the help of some of history’s great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply “nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things” that “make you late for dinner,” or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit ‘s central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit ‘s story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo’s to give? How should Smaug’s treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his “beautiful golden harp” at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the world’s deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elrond’s Last Homely House to Gollum’s “slimy island of rock,” this is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures “there and back again” for the first time.

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic?just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jackson’s new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings . With the help of some of history’s great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply “nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things” that “make you late for dinner,” or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit ‘s central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit ‘s story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbo’s to give? How should Smaug’s treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his “beautiful golden harp” at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the world’s deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elrond’s Last Homely House to Gollum’s “slimy island of rock,” this is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures “there and back again” for the first time.

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkiens beloved classic–just in time for the December 2012 release of Peter Jacksons new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit is one of the best-loved fantasy books of all time and the enchanting “prequel” to The Lord of the Rings . With the help of some of historys great philosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised in this timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply “nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things” that “make you late for dinner,” or are they exciting and potentially life-changing events? What duties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extended even to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit s central characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the Lonely Mountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit s story and themes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbos to give? How should Smaugs treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his “beautiful golden harp” at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the worlds deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elronds Last Homely House to Gollums “slimy island of rock,” The Hobbit and Philosophy is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures “there and back again” for the first time.

A philosophical exploration of J.R.R. Tolkiens belovedclassic just in time for the December 2012 release of PeterJacksons new film adaptation, The Hobbit: An UnexpectedJourney J.R.R. Tolkiens The Hobbit is one of the bestlovedfantasy books of all time and the enchanting “prequel” to TheLord of the Rings . With the help of some of historys greatphilosophers, this book ponders a host of deep questions raised inthis timeless tale, such as: Are adventures simply “nasty,disturbing, uncomfortable things” that “make you late for dinner,”or are they exciting and potentially lifechanging events? Whatduties do friends have to one another? Should mercy be extendedeven to those who deserve to die? Gives you new insights into The Hobbit s centralcharacters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorinand their exploits, from the Shire through Mirkwood to the LonelyMountain Explores key questions about The Hobbit s story andthemes, including: Was the Arkenstone really Bilbos to give? Howshould Smaugs treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his”beautiful golden harp” at BagEnd when he headed out into theWild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) Draws on the insights of some of the worlds deepest thinkers,from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, WilliamBlake, and contemporary American philosopher Thomas Nagel From the happy halls of Elronds Last Homely House to Gollums”slimy island of rock,” this is a must read for longtimeTolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and hisadventures “there and back again” for the first time.

J.R.B. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is one of the best-loved myths of all time, and Middle Earth provides the setting for a wealth of philosophical conundrums. Discovering their inner “Took”, leading philosophers provide spellbinding observations into this magical tale, debating: are adventures potentially life-changing events or simply “nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things”? Should friends be dutiful to one another? Is it right to show mercy even to those who deserve to die? From Elrond’s Last Homely House, to Gollum’s “slimy island of rock,” the contributors cover: New insights into Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Gollum, and Thorin and their exploits, from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain Key questions, including: was the Arkenstone really Bilbo’s to give? How should Smaug’s treasure have been distributed? Did Thorin leave his “beautiful golden harp” at Bag-End when he headed out into the Wild? (If so, how much could we get for that on eBay?) The wisdom of some of the world’s deepest thinkers, from Confucius, Plato, and Aristotle to Immanuel Kant, William Blake, and Thomas Nagel Pondering big hairy feet and riddles and rings, this is a must read for longtime Tolkien fans as well as those discovering Bilbo Baggins and his adventures “there and back again” for the first time. Book jacket.