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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit Not a nasty dirty wet hole filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell nor yet a dry bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat it was a hobbit hole and that means comfortWritten for JRR Tolkien’s own children The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937 Now recognized as a timeless classic this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins the wizard Gandalf Gollum and the spectacular world of Middle earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero a powerful and dangerous ring and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent The text in this 372 page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics 1998 and includes a note on the text by Douglas A Anderson 2001


10 thoughts on “The Hobbit or There and Back Again

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    Some books are almost impossible to review If a book is bad how easily can we dwell on its flaws But if the book is good how do you give any recommendation that is eual the book? Unless you are an author of eual worth to the one whose work you review what powers of prose and observation are you likely to have to fitly adorn the work? 'The Hobbit' is at one level simply a charming adventure story perhaps one of the most charming and most adventurous ever told There see how simple that was? If you haven't read it you should because it is uite enjoyable At some level there is little to say Enjoy the story as the simple entertainment it was meant to be Read it to your children and luxuriate in the excitement and joy that shines from their faces That's enoughBut if it was only simple entertainment I do not think that it would be anything than just a good book Instead this simple children's story resonates and fascinates It teases and hints at something larger and grander and it instructs and lectures as from one of the most subtle intellects without ever feeling like it is instructing lecturing or being condescendingAt its heart the complaint I opened the review with is just a variation on one of the many nuanced observations Tolkien makes in 'The Hobbit' when he complains that a story of a good time is always too uickly told but a story of evil times often reuires a great many words to cover the events thereof How often has that idea fascinated meConsider also how the story opens with Bilbo's breezy unreflective manners which are polite in form but not in spirit and Gandalf's continual meditation on the meaning of 'Good morning’ How much insight is concealed within Gandalf's gentle humor How often do we find ourselves like Bilbo saying something we don't really mean and using words to mean something very unlike their plain meaning How often do we find ourselves saying I don't mean to be rude but when in fact we mean I very much mean to be rude and here it comes If we did not mean to be rude surely we wouldn't say what we say Instead we mean I'm going to be rude but I don't want you to think I'm someone who is normally rude or I'm going to put myself forward but I don't want you to think of me as someone who is normally so arrogant or even I'm going to be rude but I don't want to think of myself as someone who is rude so I'm going to pretend I'm not being rudeI think that is what makes this than just a good book but a great one Tolkien is able to gently skewer us for our all too human failings and he does so without adopting any of the cynicism or self loathing so common with those that seek out to skewer humanity for its so evident failings We fantasize about heroes which are strong and comely of form and we have for as long as we've had recorded literature Our comic books are filled with those neo pagan mythic heroes whose exaggerated human virtues always amount to whatever else may be true of them 'beats people up good' These modern Ajaxs Helens and Achilles dominate the box office and I would imagine dominate our internal most private fantasy lives as well Oh sure the superhero of our fantasy might have superhuman ethics to go along with his superhuman ability to kick butt attract the opposite sex and enforce their will upon others but it is always attached to and ultimately secondary to our fantasy of power and virility How different is Tolkien's protagonist from Heracles Lancelot Beowulf or Batman short small mundane and weak Of all the principal characters of the story he possesses probably the least of that uintessential heroic attribute martial prowessAnd yet he is not actually merely an 'average Joe' Bilbo is just as much an exaggerated idealized hero as Heracles it's just that those attributes in which Bilbo is almost transcendently inhuman isn't the sort of attributes we normally fantasize about having ourselves Bilbo is gentle He is simple He is humble Power and wealth have little attraction for him He is kind He takes less than his share and that that he takes he gives away He is a peacemaker Though wrongly imprisoned he bears no grudge and desires no vengeance for the wrongs done to him Rather he apologizes for stealing food and offers to repay in recompense far than he took Though mistreated he harbors no enmity He never puts himself forward but he never shirks when others do How often do we fantasize about being this different sort of hero and yet how much better we would be if we did? How much better off would we be if we like Thorin could declare in our hearts There is in you of good than you know child of the kindly West Some courage and some wisdom blended in measure If of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold it would be a merrier world How often is it that we hunger after all the wrong things? What profit would we really have if we had in great measure the power to 'beat people up good'? What real use could we put it too? How much better off would we be individually and as a people if we most desired to be graced with Bilbo's virtues rather than Achilles speed strength and skill with arms? How much less mature does this mere children's book of a well lit world cause our darker fantasies to seem?Now I admit I am biased in my review I read this book 36 times before the age of 16 I broke the spines of three copies of it with continual reading Yet in my defense I will say that I'm considered only a moderate fan of the book by many I've known several devotees of the book who like the protagonist of Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451' can recite whole chapters from memory ensuring that this would be one of the few books that would survive the sudden destruction of all the world's technology if only the world's story tellers survived If you are inclined to think no book can be that good and that my review overhypes it so much the better Go in with low expectations so as to be certain that they will be met or exceeded Forget all I have said save that If you haven't read it you should because it is uite enjoyable


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    If you've ever wondered which literary world would be the best to live in wonder no longer cause there's a BookTube Video to answer that The Written Review In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit Bilbo Baggins living comfortably in his hobbit hole in Bag End finds himself on the wrong end of an adventureGandalf the Grey has come recruiting for a burglar willing to raid the home of Smaug a dragon whose taken over the ancestral home of the dwarvesThese dwarves who number thirteen are deeply suspicious and are unwilling to proceed unless their number is rounded up Evil is afoot and they refuse to ignore common sense aka superstitionGandalf soon finds that persuading Bilbo ends up a uest in and of itself 'I am looking for someone to share in an adventureit's very difficult to find anyone' 'I should think so — in these parts We are plain uiet folk and have no use for adventures Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things Make you late for dinner' Reluctantly very reluctantly Bilbo joins on this journeyand soon finds out that uests are not very friendly to hobbits Is it nice my preciousss? Is it juicy? Is it scrumptiously crunchable? And yet despite the hardships trials and tribulationsBilbo finds himself eagerly plunging ahead Already he was a very different hobbit from the one that had run out without a pocket handkerchief from Bag End long ago He had not had a pocket handkerchief for ages Absolutely Love This Book I've read it so many times and yet each time through I find myself just absolutely enad with the book as if it is the first time Do you wish me a good morning or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on? It just has such a wonderful feel I want to read it over and over and over againI absolutely love Bilbo's reluctance to adventure he and I would get along splendidly So many characters are just ready to run off and do thingsbut I would always be like What about my books? My blankets? My turtle??? Agatha my turtle for referenceBut even so I adore how Bilbowcomes out of his shell and he grows into hismself You certainly usually find something if you look but it is not always uite the something you were after And above all the world that J R R Tolkien is absolutely magical Elvish singing is not a thing to miss in June under the stars not if you care for such things Such an enchanting book one that I truly truly treasure May the hair on your toes never fall out Audiobook CommnetsRead by Rob Inglisand honestly was not a big fan of the audio You'd think that the narrator would be able to muster SOME enthusiasm for such a wonderful storyYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads


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    Dear Tolkien fans please don't leave a comment if you're going to spew hatred I'll just delete it I'm glad you enjoy Tolkien's work but I am actually allowed to feel this way no matter how scandalous you find that idea Thank you To be fair it really is a cool story Mr Tolkien’s imagination is endless and I respect him immensely for that To be able to conjure a whole new magical world and all these creatures in it absolutely amazing But it is also a very long winded story and I found myself struggling to get the job done Reading is not supposed to be a job; it’s supposed to be fun and relaxing For me The Hobbit was not an engaging story – I was distracted constantly and kept missing paragraphs The story in itself is pretty great but the way it is told makes the magic disappear I am not uite sure how to explain Maybe it was the way it was written or the fact that they take a long time before anything happens I should also mention the highly anticlimactic end of Smaug and the fact that I can’t tell any of the dwarves apart And the songs Dear Merlin the songs I felt like I was in a ruddy musicalI’m sad that I didn’t like it as much I wish I did In any case still a cool story


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    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit Books exist in time and place and our experience of them is affected by the specific time and place in which we encounter them Sometimes an uplifting or inspiring book can change the path of a life that has wandered onto a wrong course Sometimes a book discovered early on can form part of the foundation of who we are Or discovered late can offer insight into the journey we have taken to date Sometimes a book is just a book But not The Hobbit Not for me In January 2013 I pulled out my forty year old copy in anticipation of seeing the recently released Peter Jackson film It is a substantial book heavy not only with its inherent mass but for the weight of associations the sediment of time The book itself is a special hard cover edition published in 1973 leather bound in a slipcase the booty of new love from that era The book while victim to some internal binding cracks aren't we all? is still in decent shape unlike that long vanuished relationship Not surprising I had read the story six times and been there and back again with this particular volume five JRR Tolkien image from Visionorg The Hobbit had first come to my attention in 1965 or '66 I was then a high school underclassman and my eyes were drawn to it at a school book fair That was probably the ideal age for me anyway to gain an introduction to Tolkien Not too far along into adolescence and an appreciation of the reality of the world to have completely tarnished my capacity for child like wonder That is what one must bring to a reading of this book openness and innocence Tolkien was a step sidewise for me as I was a fan of the science fiction of that and prior eras It was also of course a gateway drug for the grander addiction of LOTR still my favorite read of all time One might think that looking at this book again with old weary fresh eyes might lend new insight After all I have read literally thousands of books since and have picked up at least a little critical capacity And yes there are things I notice now that perhaps skipped past back then Of course that begs a specification of which back then one considers While I first read the book as a high schooler I read it again when I was gifted with this beautiful volume in my twenties That makes two readings But there would be I well recall reading the book aloud while sitting in a chair by my son's bed And yes each of the major characters was delivered with a distinct voice I went as deep as I could for Gandalf I vaguely recall giving the dwarves a Scottish burr Bilbo was definitely a tenor My Gollum was remarkably like the sound of the one created by Andy Serkisssssss patting self on back Of course my son was not the last to arrive at the gathering Some years later there was a daughter and bedside theater It was a bit of a struggle then Life was rather hectic Nerves were often frayed Sleep was in short supply And there were far too many times when my eyes closed before those of my little gingersnap But reading it that fourth time one couldn't help but notice the absence of any significant females Who might my little girl relate to here? It is certainly possible for folks to identify with characters of another gender but the stark absence of representatives of the female persuasion did stand out Somehow I managed to keep my eyes open long enough to get through the volumeBut the party was not yet complete There would be one arrival and one opportunity to sit on or near a daughter's bed and read aloud sometimes to an upturned eager face sometimes to a riot of ringlets as she settled My capacity for consciousness remained an issue By then my voice had also suffered a bit with the years the reward for too many cigarettes too much yelling too much ballpark whistling and the usual demise of age so it took a fair bit effort and strain than reading it aloud had done previously I am pretty certain I made it through that third time aloud Truthfully I am not 100% certain that I did You probably know the story or the broad strokes anyway In the uiet rural village of Hobbiton Across the Water in a land called Middle Earth an unpresupposing everyman Bilbo Baggins lives a uiet existence He has a smidgen of wanderlust in him the genetic gift of ancestors on the Took branch of his family tree but he is mostly content to enjoy hearty meals and a good pipe One day Gandalf a lordly father figure wizard Bilbo has known for many years comes a calling and Bilbo's life is upended Gandalf is helping a group of dwarves who are on a uest Led by Thorin Oakenshield a dwarf king they aim to return to their home inside the Lonely Mountain somehow rid the place of Smaug the dragon who has taken up residence and regain the land and incredible treasure that is rightfully theirs Gandalf has recommended that Bilbo accompany the group as a burglar Bilbo of course has never burgled a thing in his life and is horrified by the prospect But heeding his Tookish side Bilbo joins the dwarves and the adventure is on One need not go far to see this as a journey of self discovery as Bilbo finds that there is to him than even he realized This raises one uestion for me How did Gandalf know that Bilbo would be the right hobbit for the job? Bilbo faces many challenges and I betray no secrets for any who have not just arrived on this planet by reporting that Bilbo's dragons real and symbolic are ultimately slain and he returns home a new and somewhat notorious hobbit Bilbo serves well as the everyman someone who is uite modest about his capacities but who rises to meet the challenges that present acting in spite of his fear and not in the absence of it He is someone we can easily care and root for Elements abound of youthful adventure yarns treasure a map to the treasure a secret entrance that reuires solving a riddle to gain entry a spooky forest foolishness and greed among those in charge a huge battle and ultimately good sense triumphing over evil and stupidity Oh yeah there is something in there as well about a secret powerful ring that can make it’s wearer invisible Sorry no damsels in distressRivendell remains a pretty special place If I am ever fortunate enough to be able to retire I think I would like to spend my final days there whether the vision seen by Tolkien or the Maxfield Parrish take as seen in the LOTR films There are magical beings aplenty here Hobbits of course and the wizard and dwarves we meet immediately A shape shifting Beorn assists the party but remains uite frightening There are trolls giant spiders giants goblins were wolf sorts called wargs talking eagles a communicative if murderous dragon elves of both the helpful and difficult sorts and a few men as well Then there is GollumIMHO Bilbo is not the most interesting character in Tolkien's world Arguably there is a lot going on with Gollum an erstwhile hobbit riven by the internal conflict of love and hate corrupted but not without a salvageable soul While he is given considerably ink in the LOTR story it is in The Hobbit that we meet him for the first time He is the single least YA element in this classic yarn one of the things that elevates this book from the field and makes it a classic The Hobbit was written before Tolkien's ambitious Lord of the Rings While there are many references to classic lore the bottom line is that this is a YA book It is easy to read and to read aloud something that is not the case with LOTR I know and is clearly intended for readers far younger than I am today It remains a fun read even on the sixth or so I may have dipped in again somewhere along the line time through Were I reading it today for the first time I would probably give it four stars But as it bears the weighty treasure of memory and fond association I must keep it at five If you are reading this for the first time as an adult or an antiue the impact is likely to be different for you If you are a younger sort of the adolescent or pre adolescent persuasion particularly if you are a boy it might become an invaluable part of your life Maybe one day you can sit by your child's or grandchild's bedside and be the person who reads these words to them for the first time In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit and begin the adventure again To see the glowing young eyes as the tale unfolds is nothing less than absolutely preciousPS – I would check out the review offered by GR pal Ted He includes in his review outstanding informative and very entertaining excerpts and comments re info on The Hobbit from JRRT's son Christopher EXTRA STUFFHere is a lovely article on JRRT from Smithsonian Magazine January 2002In comment #32 below GR pal Rand added a link to a reading of the entire book by Nicol Williamson It is just the thing for bedtime yours or your child's Adding it here was done with Rand's kind permission


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    There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother The Lord of the Rings It's a much tighter story and Bilbo is a much appeal character than is Frodo I also just love this poem from The HobbitFar over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away ere break of dayTo seek the pale enchanted goldThe dwarves of yore made mighty spellsWhile hammers fell like ringing bellsIn places deep where dark things sleepIn hollow halls beneath the fellsFor ancient king and elvish lordThere many a gleaming golden hoardThey shaped and wrought and light they caughtTo hide in gems on hilt of swordOn silver necklaces they strungThe flowering stars on crowns they hungThe dragon fire in twisted wireThey meshed the light of moon and sunFar over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away ere break of dayTo claim our long forgotten goldGoblets they carved there for themselvesAnd harps of gold; where no man delvesThere lay they long and many a songWas sung unheard by men or elvesThe pines were roaring on the heightThe winds were moaning in the nightThe fire was red it flaming spread;The trees like torches blazed with lightThe bells were ringing in the daleAnd men looked up with faces pale;The dragon's ire fierce that fireLaid low their towers and houses frailThe mountain smoked beneath the moon;The dwarves they heard the tramp of doomThey fled their hall to dying fallBeaneath his feet beneath the moonFar over the misty mountains grimTo dungeons deep and caverns dimWe must away ere break of dayTo win our harps and gold from him


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    What makes The Hobbit such a seminal work in the fantasy genre? Is it the nine hours of over budget sensorially explosive movies by Peter Jackson? Nope Is it a complex tale of multiple human kingdoms slaughtering each other for an Iron Throne with buckets of blood and guts and plenty of sex? Nope Is it simply wonderful writing As simple and boring as that Does that mean that I was incredibly disappointed in the movie adaptation not to say abortion? Yep Does that mean I don't love Game of Thrones books and TV shows? No they are great too But the seminal work the Divine Comedy that created the language and inspiration for George RR Martin as Dante created Italian from the common vernacular in Florence and Ravenna was The Hobbit The book even for a slow reader is most likely able to be finished in 13 the time that Peter Jackson spent telling the story in 70mm film Unlike Peter Jackson's version there are no orcs and the element of danger is psychological than psychical Bilbo Baggins is battling his fears and his provincialism and growing up The Hobbit should be read as the Odyssey of Middle Earth a voyage of self learning and maturation that is about the monsters in Bilbo's imagination than those encountered in his baptismal voyage into the unknown with Gandalf Gandalf Honestly would there EVER have been a Dumbledore had there not been a Gandalf? Did any Tolkien reader NOT picture Gandalf when Rowlings talked about Dumbledorf in the first Harry Potter book?Bilbo does encounter some monsters and even outsmarts Smaug the Dragon wow I mean what a perfect name for a dragon More evocative than Drogon Rhaegal and Viserion in my opinion and again would they even have existed had Smaug not preceded them? and he saves Middle Earth before returning to the Shire He is not the same person he was before leaving He is Ulysses without a Penelope waiting for him unless his pipe is secretly called Penelope in his expanded imagination or his Penelope is a symbol of his vast library in Rivendell In literature there is nothing uite like the Hobbit in its simplicity and beauty and its symbolic voyage we are of course introduced to the elves the humans the dwarvesbut they are all on the outskirts of the story The Hobbit is about one small hobbit fighting his greatest fearsand winningFino's Tolkien ReviewsThe HobbitThe Fellowship of the Ring LOTR 1The Two Towers LOTR 2The Return of the King LOTR 3Lord of the Rings 1 3 General Comments and ObservationsRaymond Edward's Tolkien biography


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    610 The Hobbit There and Back Again JRR TolkienThe Hobbit or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel by English author J R R Tolkien It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literatureGandalf tricks Bilbo Baggins into hosting a party for Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves who sing of reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and its vast treasure from the dragon Smaug When the music ends Gandalf unveils Thrór's map showing a secret door into the Mountain and proposes that the dumbfounded Bilbo serve as the expedition's burglar The dwarves ridicule the idea but Bilbo indignant joins despite himselfThe group travels into the wild where Gandalf saves the company from trolls and leads them to Rivendell where Elrond reveals secrets from the map When they attempt to cross the Misty Mountains they are caught by goblins and driven deep underground Although Gandalf rescues them Bilbo gets separated from the others as they flee the goblins Lost in the goblin tunnels he stumbles across a mysterious ring and then encounters Gollum who engages him in a game of riddles As a reward for solving all riddles Gollum will show him the path out of the tunnels but if Bilbo fails his life will be forfeit With the help of the ring which confers invisibility Bilbo escapes and rejoins the dwarves improving his reputation with them The goblins and Wargs give chase but the company are saved by eagles before resting in the house of Beorn تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه نوامبر سال 2004 میلادیعنوان هابیت آنجا و بازگشت دوباره؛ جیآرآر تالکین؛ موضوع ادبیات فانتزی نویسندگان انگلستان برای نوجوانان؛ سده 20 ممترجمهای هابیت، خانمها و آقایان رضا علیزاده؛ نازنین پوریان؛ سپیده حبیبی؛ فرزاد فرید؛ شاهده سعیدی؛ پریا آقاسی بیگ؛ ماه منیر فتحی؛ و ؛ هستندنمیدانم چندبار این «هابیت» را خوانده ام، همیشه تا نام «بیلبو» را میشنوم، پرواز میکنم، لابد شمایان هم فیلمش را دیده اید؛ «هابیت»‌ها گونه‌ ای از موجودات خیالی، در رمان‌های «تالکین» هستند، که در سرزمین میانه و «شایر» زندگی می‌کنند؛ «هابیت‌»ها نخستین بار در کتاب «هابیت تالکین» مطرح شدند؛ شخصیت اصلی این داستان، «بیلبو بگینز»، هابیتی ست که ماجراهایی دارد؛ شخصیت اصلی مجموعه ی «ارباب حلقه‌ ها»، «فرودو بگینز» نیز یک «هابیت» است؛ در «کتاب هابیت»، «تالکین»، «هابیت»‌ها را موجوداتی کوچک، توصیف می‌کند، که نصف قد انسانها را دارند، لباس‌هایی به رنگ روشن می‌پوشند، کفش به پا نمی‌کنند کف پاهایشان به طور طبیعی پوستی همچون چرم دارد و پاهایشان پوشیده از موهای ضخیم، و مجعد است؛ از نظر اخلاقی، «تالکین»، «هابیت»‌ها را، موجوداتی «خوشرو»، «خوش خوراک»، و به دور از ماجراجویی، توصیف می‌کندنقل برگردان شعری از کتاب هابیت تالکین باد در خلنگ زار ِ پژمرده میوزیداما در جنگل هیچ برگی بر درخت نمیجنبیدشب و روز، سایه آنجا را گرفته بودو موجودات اهریمنی، خاموش به زیر درختان خزیدندباد از کوهستان سرد وزیدن گرفتو همچون موج غرید و غلطیدشاخه ها آه کشیدند و جنگل نالیدو برگ درختان بر روی خاک ریختباد از غرب، راه شرق در پیش گرفتو هر جنبشی در جنگل فرومرداما رها شد صدای زوزه اشخشن و گوشخراش، در سرتاسر مردابهیس هیس علفها برخاست، و منگوله هاشان خم شدجگنها به خش خش درآمدندبر روی آبگیر پر موج، و زیر آسمان سردآنجا که ابرهای پرشتاب، پاره پاره شکافتندبر تنها کوه برهنه گذر کردو برفراز کنام اژدها وزیدآنجا، سیاه و تاریک، افتاده بود، تخته سنگهای بی روحو دودی به هوا برخاستجهان را وداع گفت، و به آسمان پرگشوداز فراز دریاهای پهناور شبانهماه برفراز تندباد بادبان کشیدو اخگر ستاره ها، در برابر دم آن برافروختپایان نقل از ص 190، و 191، کتابتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 28051399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


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    Andy Serkis is doing a live reading of this RIGHT NOW for charity To call this the epitome in which all high fantasy should be judged does not uite suffice; this is simply one of the best books that has ever been written or will ever be written The Hobbit defines the high fantasy genre along with its seuel of course and has been an inspiration to countless authors and readers alike Tolkien uite literally kick started a genre that would eventually capture the hearts of thousands of people He changed the literary world He made fantasy real The best fantasy universe ever created Middle Earth is undoubtedly the best fantasy universe created It is the most original and richly devised It is very hard for fantasy authors not to borrow elements from Tolkien He set the definition with his wonderful world Tolkien’s references to modern day are also very amusing and almost unnoticeable in the brilliant narrative but a perceptive reader will notice the whimsical contrasts he has drawn between his world and the real world The sheer depth of Tolkien’s imagination is really unmeasurable I wonder what other ideas for books he may have had that he never got to write “The road goes ever on and on”Bilbo like the reader is blown away by the breath taking landscape of Middle Earth We must remember that he too is experiencing the majesty of Rivendell and the mightiness of Erabor for the first time His reaction reflects a reader who is also awestruck by a world that is as beautifully magical as it is corrupt and wicked; it is a world in which both the benevolent and the malignant reside; it is a world whose people are capable of both great kindness and eually as great cruelty The peoples are diverse and contrasting; I think the differences between the elves and the dwarves are best captured in their music The music of the elves is full of mirth and is generally uite playful whereas the music of the dwarves is strong deep and full of resolve to match their stubborn nature The wonderful wonderful story This story belongs to Bilbo Baggins This is something I think Peter Jackson would do well to remember but that’s beside the point The tale begins as Bilbo accidently unexpectedly invites Gandalf for tea the next day after a brief encounter The Wizard marks him as the fourteenth member of his company his burglar Bilbo doesn’t really understand what he is getting himself in for when he agrees to join their mission Indeed the next evening thirteen dwarves headed by Thorin Oakenshield arrive along with their uest to reclaim their gold and slay a dragon Smaug Smaug has stolen their home fortress of Erebor They want it back Bilbo reluctantly gets dragged along though this reluctance is uickly overcome by a strong secret desire for adventure “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging and it's very difficult to find anyone' I should think so — in these parts We are plain uiet folk and have no use for adventures Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things Make you late for dinner”The story becomes darker as they close in on the mountain The company are attacked by spiders and abducted by the wood elves who want a share of the dwarfish treasure The dwarves begin to rely on their burglar who they believed would become a liability How wrong they were Bilbo was destined to come along They would have surely failed if he had not and the ring of power may never have been destroyed But that’s another wonderful story The game of riddles and the finding of the ring is one of the memorable scenes of the book and is Bilbo’s gateway into heroism I think the power he receives from the ring helps him to discover that not only does he have courage and fortitude but he has lots of it Gandalf if anything is an excellent judge of character The ending is just the beginning The ending of this book is undeniably rushed Bilbo is unconscious for most of it and we receive a post battle update There are off page deaths and victories In this I think Tolkien cements the message of the story; it is not about the tragic death of a dwarf who went slightly mad and then redeemed himself; it is not about a boatman who slayed a dragon and became a renowned hero it is about a Hobbit This is Bilbo’s story and no other's It is a story in which a Hobbit who had no courage and no bravery found it It is a story about a hobbit who was too scared to leave his house without a hanky eventually evolved into a Hobbit that would trick a dragon “You have nice manners for a thief and a liar said the dragon”Five stars I think you know why You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree


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    From a hole in the ground came one of my favorite characters of all time the very reluctant and unassuming hero Bilbo Baggins As a child The Hobbit sparked my young imagination causing wonderful daydreams and horrible nightmares As a teen the book made me want to become a writer of fantastical talesor go shoeless live in a hole and smoke a pipe As an adult Tolkien's novel maintains within me a link to my childhood safekeeping cherished memories and evoking everlasting emotions The troubles with trolls those slinking spiders the finding of treasure cave exploration riddles in the darkit all added up in me a love for adventure I would make many an ornate wooden sword in my father's basement workshop because of Sting Funny I didn't take to wearing rings thoughBeing pint sized Mr Baggins makes the perfect magnetic character for a young person He is about a child's size yet he is mature Similar yet something to aspire to His diminutive stature made his implausible escapes and victories that much satisfying Nothing bores me than muscle bound killing machines wielding swords the size of windmill blades I have read this fantastic tale a number of times watched the 70s cartoon movie version countless times and was counting down the days with unabashed eagerness until Peter Jackson's new live action film came out I will continue to read The Hobbit again and again for the road goes ever ever onAppendix ish type reviews The Hobbit the 1977 animated film version by Rankin BassThis may be the movie I've watched the most in my life This is the one I can uote from start to finish and annoy the fuck out of my friends I try to refrain but when John Huston bellows out I am Gandalf and Gandalf means MEwell I just can't help myself Crazy off his rocker Brother Theodore as Gollum still astounds me with the sheer depth of his guttural growl Sorry voice straining Serkis but this is the real Gollum the creepy muthah that kept me up nights Though Rankin Bass's version skips over the whole Beorn scene entirely coming in at 90 minutes they actually managed to pack in uite a bit of story Certainly it is truncated to absurdity during The Battle of Five Armies but at least it's not overblown as appears to be happening with Peter Jackson's unnecessarily long trilogy of this single book The Hobbit or There And Back Again An illustrated book by Rankin BassThough it's a few pages shorter than the regular paperback version this marvelous part text part illustrated version seems to be unabridged It includes screenshots taken directly from the 70s cartoon plus where the movie skipped over parts of the book they've included extra illustrations admittedly of mixed uality It's a little strange to see the same characters rendered differently sitting side by sidebut nonetheless it's always fun to see how artists interpret the work especially when it's a work dear to your heart The Hobbit a film version by Peter JacksonIt's never fun to see an artist tear the heart out of a work Peter Jackson was given too long a leash when New Line stretched this one book out to three separate movies Instead of one movie packed with awesome we get three that so far I've yet to see the third and I'm not eager to have been watered down and dragged out Extra scenes are added and add nothing Really a sleigh ride chase scene with an incredibly minor character? And honestly can Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield act with any other part of his body besides his eyebrows?


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    I probably won't write a full review here as this is just a reread for me but I found this just as enchanting as the first time I read it While I still like this one only SLIGHTLY less than The Lord of the Rings I'm glad I took the opportunity to read this first before diving into a reread of LOTR this year When I first read Tolkien's books about 15 years ago I didn't experience The Hobbit until I finished LOTR so it gave me the feeling of being able to read this one as an introduction to the latter book Highly recommended to anyone who may not have read this yet; Tolkien's world building and storytelling skills are rarely matched and aimed for all ages