Friday, November 2, 2007


The Hobbit: Canon Worthy?

I was thinking today about the merits of The Hobbit. Certainly Tolkien was a man of brilliance, but I have to wonder if The Hobbit, which I haven't read, would fit into a canon. I'd like your opinions on the matter.
Does The Hobbit fit into the criteria? Why or why not? Explain its significance without using Lord of the Rings. I'm curious to know what people think of this particular work. I know it is influential, but how influential?


Anonymous said...

I don't think The Hobbit is that influential, actually. It's a fun read when you're a child, but is somewhat difficult to get through as an adult because it's so ... meandering. In terms of changing the genre, LotR did far more than The Hobbit. Offhand I can't bring to mind any books that appear to be influenced by it. So yeah, I don't think it's worthy.

CV Rick said...

it was his practice story . . . it doesn't belong. it's not a tenth the story that LOTR is.

S.M.D. said...

Okay, points duly noted. Perhaps Hobbit should be left to the side then.