The Hobbit and Tolkien's Mythology: Essays on Revisions and Influences is a compilation by Bradford Lee Eden of fifteen essays by scholars, scientists, and Medieval specialists, published by McFarland & Company in October 2014. The essays study J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and its placement in his mythology; they proceeded from a 2013 Tolkien conference at Valparaiso University, Indiana.

Seperate sections organize essays on the Dwarves, Durin's Day, literary themes in Tolkien's fantasy books, and a few topics pertaining to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit films.


  • Introduction by Bradford Lee Eden.

Part I - The Evolution of the Dwarven Race

  • John D. Rateliff, "Anchoring the Myth: The Impact of The Hobbit on Tolkien's Legendarium".
  • Gerard Hynes, "From Nauglath to Durin's Folk: The Hobbit and Tolkien's Dwarves".

Part II - Durin's Day

  • Kristine Larsen, "'It passes our skill in these days': Primary World Influences on the Evolution of Durin's Day".
  • Sumner Gary Hunnewell, "A Scientific Examination of Durin's Day".

Part III - Themes

  • Verlyn Flieger, "Tolkien's French Connection".
  • Jane Chance, "Tolkien’s Hybrid Mythology: The Hobbit as Old Norse 'Fairy-Story'.
  • Damien Bador, "From 'The Silmarillion' to The Hobbit and Back Again: An Onomastic Foray".
  • Gregory Hartley, "Civilized Goblins and Talking Animals: How The Hobbit Created Problems of Sentience for Tolkien".
  • Michael A. Wodzak, "Seeing in the Dark, Seeing by the Dark: How Bilbo's Invisibility Defined Tolkien’s Vision".
  • William Christian Klarner, "A Victorian in Valhalla: Bilbo Baggins as the Link Between England and Middle-earth".
  • Justin T. Noetzel, "Beorn and Bombadil: Mythology, Place and Landscape in Middle-earth".
  • Vickie L. Holtz-Wodzak, "Travel, Redemption and Peacemaking: Hobbits, Dwarves and Elves and the Transformative Power of Pilgrimage".
  • David Thiessen, "A Baggins Back Yard: Environmentalism, Authorship and the Elves in Tolkien's Legendarium".
  • Judy Ann Ford and Robin Anne Reid, "Polytemporalith and Epic Characterization in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Reflecting The Lord of the Rings s Modernism and Medievalism.
  • Michelle Markey Butler, "The Wisdom of the Crowd: Internet Memes and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

"At the 2013 "Celebrating The Hobbit" conference at Valparaiso University--marking the 75th anniversary of the book's publication and the first installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies--two plenary papers were presented: "Anchoring the Myth: The Impact of The Hobbit on Tolkien's Legendarium" by John D. Rateliff provided numerous examples of The Hobbit's influence on Tolkien's legendarium; and "Tolkien's French Connections" by Verlyn Flieger discussed French influences on the development of Bilbo Baggins and his adventures. In discussions with the plenary speakers and other presenters, it became apparent that a book focusing on how The Hobbit influenced the subsequent development of Tolkien's legendarium was sorely needed. This collection of 15 previously unpublished essays fills that need. With Rateliff's and Flieger's papers included, the book presents two chapters on the Evolution of the Dwarven Race, two chapters on Durin's Day examining the Dwarven lunar calendar, and 11 chapters on themes exploring various topics on influences and revisions between The Hobbit and Tolkien's legendarium."
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