“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” These opening lines begin one of modern literature’s most beloved tales, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. This novel serves as a prequel to his classic trilogy Lord of the Rings. During this four-week summer course, students will read the novel, engage in lively discussion concerning the plot, literary themes, and imagery, and fashion their own short tale of friendship and loyalty.