St. Clair reflects on Tolkien’s impact

The Hobbit

Gloriana St. Clair

The Hobbit

The Hobbit is in theaters, and fans of J. R. R. Tolkien are being treated to “An Unexpected Journey.”

Gloriana St. Clair, dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University and a lifelong lover of literature, is fascinated that his imagination has had such a powerful impact on society.

“Tolkien is the first major writer in the fantasy genre. Many other authors — such as J.K. Rowling, Anne McCaffrey, Roger Zelzany, Robert Jordan, and George R .R. Martin — all look back to him as having begun something really different and new,” said St. Clair.

In creating a character like the hobbit, St. Clair says Tolkien gave readers — and now moviegoers — a character with whom they could identify. MORE

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