Day 24: The Hobbit

JRR TolkienDuring Tolkien’s time as a professor of Anglo-Saxon philology and literature at Oxford, one of his students was poet WH Auden, who supported the The Lord of the Rings, contradicting detractors who insisted it had no literary merit. In his 1954 New York Times review of Fellowship of the Ring, Auden wrote: “The Hobbit is one of the best children’s stories of this century.”

Tolkien also taught Kingsley Amis, who found him “incoherent and often inaudible”. And Philip Larkin, who said: “What gets me down is being expected to admire the bloody stuff!” Larkin was referring to Beowulf at the time.

Source: The Hobbit

The Hobbit was written by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. It was published in 1937.


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