“As will be readily seen, much of the wording of [The Hobbit] remains, yet the tone is greatly altered.”
– John Rateliff
What if The Hobbit as we know it today had been told in a different way? On the last episode, we discovered that, around 1960, Tolkien did in fact undertake a significant revision of The Hobbit to reconcile discrepancies in both tone and detail between it and Lord of the Rings. On this week’s episode, we’ll take a look at the planned revisions for Chapter 1, from the iconic opening paragraph to new details that connect it to the larger history of Middle-earth.
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