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Hobbit Mythology, Classics Reinvented

October 1, 2012 | by

  • Artists from all over the world reinterpret covers for The Observer’s list of the hundred greatest novels.
  • The Ransom Center’s Pale King archive is now open to the public.
  • Look through some of DFW’s extensive notes.
  • Good news for Louie C.K.: the Puzo estate can’t prevent any future Godfather films.
  • The Hobbit, published seventy-five years ago, is not a fantasy-adventure as it is being described, but a myth, or part of a mythology.” On the novel’s scholarly underpinnings.

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    1. Julie M. | October 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you for sharing these links. I especially love the covers for Don Quijote and Moby Dick, and Christopher Howse’s assertion that “the tale of the Hobbit will survive the film… in the same way that the Iliad survived the film Troy” sounds less than optimistic about the movie but aptly describes Tolkien’s work as twentieth-century mythology.

    2. GZ | October 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Also re the Howse quote and modern myth – Jodorowski made similar comments about Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’, a novel he once attempted to film in characteristically outlandish fashion.

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