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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 A Shifters Curse Rouen Chronicles #1 recently Kinky Mom released Peter Jackson film It is a substantial book heavy not only with its 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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 How to Be a Lot Less Stupid A Guide to Critical Thinking in Business return the plot to Love in the Light Hearts in Darkness #2 raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the dangerous drago. 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