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0228 – Tolkien’s Modern Reading – Dr. Holly Ordway

On episode 228, we’re joined by Dr. Holly Ordway for a discussion of her new book Tolkien’s Modern Reading, a fresh examination of Tolkien’s reading habits and views with respect to modernity. Join us!

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  1. Thank you for an excellent discussion with Dr. Ordway about her work. I’ll have to give it a read.

    Couple comments. Not just Sam was brown. At the start of The Hobbit the description of Hobbits is that they had “long clever brown fingers.” I’d guess the rest of them was also brown.

    An interesting book to poke about in is Tolkien’s Library: An Annotated Checklist by Oronzo Cilli. It lists all the books Tolkien was known to have read or owned or referenced. Not a book to read but the place to see what books he was aware of. For instance, you’ll find where he mentions The Wind in the Willows or Babbit. I’d guess most college libraries would have a copy probably in reference so it can’t be checked out.


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