Journey to The Shire

The Tolkien Professor

The alter ego of Professor Corey Olsen, President of the Mythgard Institute and tenured English professor at Washington College, helms a podcast series with downloads from around the world – and even some celebrity fans. With over one hundred Tolkien-centric lectures online and upwards of one million downloads, Professor Olsen leads the charge in online Medieval studies.

Exploring The Hobbit

Dr. Olsen’s first book, Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, was released by Houghton Mifflin on September 22, 2012 – just in time for the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit.  Mythgard Institute has had an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the development of this new text and its successful launch so follow along here as we post exclusive content from The Tolkien Professor!

Adventure into Exploring The Hobbit  

Riddles in the Dark

Join the Tolkien Professor, Dave Kale from the Middle-earth Network and special guests for discussion of the upcoming Hobbit films. Every two weeks, Professor Olsen will apply his intimate familiarity with The Hobbit and Tolkien’s other works to interpretation of evidence released by the production in New Zealand! It’s a not-to-be-missed rare chance to hear The Tolkien Professor talk about Hobbit movie news from a detailed academic standpoint.

Arm  yourself with wit to answer Riddles in the Dark

The Hobbit Lectures

In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit, his first major work to see print. Many of you probably read this book as a child, or even listened while a parent read it to you, as Tolkien read it to his own children. Walk through this little book with The Tolkien Professor and you might just be amazed at how complex and sophisticated it really is.  And with Peter Jackson’s movies coming out this year, you’ll want to get caught up!

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door …. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. Do you realize that this is the very path that goes through Mirkwood, and that if you let it, it might take you to the Lonely Mountain or even further and to worse places?” – Bilbo Baggins

Start listening to The Hobbit Lectures

(Don’t forget our conference, Mythmoot or The Tolkien Professor’s annual Lord of The Rings events.)