Order The Wisdom of the Shire

Praised by Kirkus Reviews as a “life-affirming, must-have” book for Tolkien fans!

In my new book The Wisdom of the Shire (to be published October 30th from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) I shed a light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J.R.R. Tolkien and his most beloved creation—those stouthearted Hobbits.

A Barnes & Noble Editor’s Recommendation

Drawing on The Lord of the RingsThe Hobbit, and other tales of Middle-earth, I show how a snug Hobbit-hole is actually just a state of mind and how even the smallest person can have the valor of a Rider of Rohan.

“A definitive guide to Tolkien’s worldview.” –Ethan Gilsdorf, Wired.com

I explore subjects dear to a Halfling’s heart, such as beer, food, and friendship, as well as more serious concerns such as courage, living in harmony with nature, and good versus evil.

Chosen by Publishers Weekly as a top ten pick for the upcoming fall season!

How can simple pleasures like gardening, taking long walks, and eating delicious meals with friends make you significantly happier? Why is the act of giving presents on your birthday instead of getting them such a revolutionary idea? And how can we carry the burden of our own “magic ring of power” without becoming devoured by it? The Wisdom of the Shire holds the answers to these and more of life’s essential questions.
“Such a fun book!”
–Ty Burrell, Emmy-winning star of Modern Family

The UK cover from Hodder & Stoughton

Published simultaneously in the UK from Hodder & Stoughton, The Wisdom of the Shire is being translated into eight languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Polish and Finnish). With a special introduction by Hugo Award-winner Peter S. Beagle (author of The Last Unicorn and the Introduction to The Lord of the Rings).

Read an excerpt here.

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In Portuguese (A sabedoria do condado)

Coming Soon

In Italian (La saggezza della contea)



In Spanish (La sabiduría de la comarca)


In Finnish (Konnun kootut viisaudet)


In Polish (Mądrości Shire)

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