The Hobbit是在1937年出版，而作者创作的虚构世界只是一年比一年更受欢迎。为什么中地世界跟它的居民们这么受读者的喜爱，捕捉了好几百万人的想象力？现在，托尔金作品简直是一个产业，从书籍、电影、游戏以及即将面市的电视剧The Rings of Power（被认为是历史上最贵的一季电视剧:
Nick Groom is an academic and writer. He is Professor in English at the University of Exeter and has written widely on literature, music, and contemporary art. He is the author of a dozen books and editions, including The Forger's Shadow (2002), The Gothic (2012) and, most recently, The Seasons (2013). He lives on Dartmoor with his wife, two daughters, and one cat, and keeps a flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep. Due to his extensive work on the Gothic, especially on the history of vampires, he has become known as the 'Prof of Goth' in the media and has written several articles on the Goth scene, including essays on the singer, Nick Cave.
Groom's enthusiasm is hard to resist, and his garnering of folklore and customs that, for centuries, guided life through the changing seasons bulges with fascination.-- John Carey ― Sunday Times on The Seasons
It's no exaggeration to say that this is a volume I have been waiting for all my life... This is a rich celebration of traditions and a plea for them not to be forgotten. -- Bel Mooney ― Daily Mail on The Seasons
Wonderful and timely. -- Philip Hoare ― Independent on The Seasons