The Individuated Hobbit

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The Individuated Hobbit: Jung, Tolkien, and the Archetypes of Middle-Earth
GenreLiterary criticism
PublisherHoughton Mifflin
Publication date
September 1979
ISBN0-395-28208-X Search this book on Logo.png.
Dewey Decimal
LC ClassPR6039.O32 Z78

The Individuated Hobbit: Jung, Tolkien, and the Archetypes of Middle-Earth (1979) is a critical study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien by Timothy R. O'Neill. It is written from a Jungian perspective, with particular emphasis on Jungian archetypes.


The book was called "a compelling and influential Jungian reading" (2013) by Christopher Vaccaro, teditor of The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium.[1]

Tolkien scholar Thomas Honegger called it "the unsurpassed standard work on the subject" (2019).[2]


  1. Christopher Vaccaro (2013). "The Body in Question". In Christopher Vaccaro. The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on Middle-earth Corporeality. McFarland. p. 19. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. Thomas Honegger (2019). "More Light Than Shadow? Jungian Approaches to Tolkien and the Archetypal Image of the Shadow". In Giovanni Agnoloni. Tolkien: Light and Shadow. Kipple Officina Libraria. Search this book on Logo.png

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