Hobbit Night to Celebrate Book, Film with Fun

WILMORE, Ky. — Fans of author J.R.R. Tolkien and hobbit enthusiasts are invited to Asbury University for Hobbit Night, a celebration of the literary world Tolkien created, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 8. The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Josh Overbay and Trustees Hall Resident Director Quinn Gervel will speak on the topics of story and myth, filmmaking and “The Hobbit,” one of Tolkien’s famous novels set in the fictional world of Middle Earth. Live music by Asbury students will begin the program, which will also feature videos created by media communication students and a special extended trailer of the upcoming film, “The Hobbit.”

After the program in Hughes, a reception in Kinlaw Library will include refreshments, a Hobbit-themed photo booth, craft tables, a costume contest and give-aways.

Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” already one of the best-selling books ever written, has enjoyed an even higher profile in advance of the film’s Dec. 14 release date. The Asbury students in COM 281-Public Relations, the class that is hosting Hobbit Night, hope to partner with local middle and high schools to capitalize on this popular story to promote literacy.

“We’re hoping that by partnering with a local school, we can help students see the new world that Tolkien imagined and give them a love for reading,” said Elijah Friedeman ’15, project foreman for Hobbit Night. “At the end of the day, we want the middle- and high-school students we work with to understand that reading opens up new opportunities for learning and personal enjoyment.”

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