July 21, 2011 / Perspective
Author Matthew Dickerson explores the use of food in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, and why food is the defining feature of the Hobbits’ culture.
Matthew Dickerson is the author or coauthor of several books, including From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook of Myth and Fantasy (2006); Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien (2006); and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C. S. Lewis (2009). His most recent book is The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters (2011). Dickerson is a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont and the director of the New England Young Writers Conference at Breadloaf.