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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Episode 49: The Hobbits and The Hippies

J.R.R. Tolkien wanted his work to be taken seriously. But his magnum opus The Lord of the Rings was unlike most literature of the mid-20th century, which was modern. And wasn't The Hobbit a children's book? Critics mused, is this sequel supposed to be serious literature for adults? But there was a group of people who took Middle-earth very seriously and pushed this cult classic into the mainstream. Michael Drout, Gary Lachman and Ethan Gilsdorf explain how and why Tolkien became a folk hero of the counter-culture -- whether he liked it or not.   

IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY ABOUT SCI-FI AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES -- HOW WE CREATE THEM AND WHY WE SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF​.


MUSIC LIST

​Masters and Students by Sono Sanctus

Gudrun by Phantom Fauna

Biome by Melodium

​Frosted Glass by Podington Bear

Imaginary Mixdown by Phantom Fauna

​Through the Woods by Sono Sanctus