The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0021 – The Lord of the Rings – Prologue (Concerning Hobbits)

On this episode of Tolkien Road, we continue with The Lord of the Rings by discussing the Prologue, the section that begins with “Concerning Hobbits.” We cover the origin and nature of hobbits, pipeweed, the structure of hobbit society, and Bilbo’s little white lie regarding Gollum and the Ring. We also examine the fascinating narrative structure that Tolkien begins to apply in this section.

Originally released: 5/29/2015.

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