He was a grammarian, and could doubtless see further into the future than others.
I’m organizing my thoughts on the meaning of The Hobbit in a series of videos. When the series is completed I’ll write it all up as a short ebook. As the videos appear I’ll link them below.
1. Rescuing The Hobbit
Introduction followed by an account of the late-Victorian roots of the queer signs used by those who appear to respectable hole-dwellers as peddlers selling buttons at their door.
2. What are Hobbits?
As he began The Lord of the Rings Tolkien made his Hobbits English, sharing geographic origin and language with the Riders of Rohan. But when he first imagined a Hobbit Tolkien saw that he was an aborigine of Britain as described by an older Oxford professor.
3. Beowulf & The Hobbit
We already uploaded this video but have just taken it down as it had too many bugs. Back soon…
How Tolkien sent his Hobbit on an adventure that would lead him to play the role of the nameless man who steals a cup and wakes the wrath of the dragon in the Old English Beowulf.
4. Ali Baba & The Hobbit