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Hobbitus Ille There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it s bohemoth brother,The Lord of the RingsIt s a much tighter story, and Bilbo is a muchappeal 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 gold.The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,While hammers fell like ringing bellsIn places deep, where dark things sleep,In There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it s bohemoth brother,The Lord of the RingsIt s a much tighter story, and Bilbo is a muchappeal 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 gold.The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,While hammers fell like ringing bellsIn places deep, where dark things sleep,In hollow halls beneath the fells.For ancient king and elvish lordThere many a gleaming golden hoardThey shaped and wrought, and light they caughtTo hide in gems on hilt of sword.On silver necklaces they strungThe flowering stars, on crowns they hungThe dragon fire, in twisted wireThey meshed the light of moon and sun.Far over the misty mountains coldTo dungeons deep and caverns oldWe must away, ere break of day,To claim our long forgotten gold.Goblets they carved there for themselvesAnd harps of gold where no man delvesThere lay they long, and many a songWas sung unheard by men or elves.The pines were roaring on the height,The winds were moaning in the night.The fire was red, it flaming spread The trees like torches blazed with light.The bells were ringing in the daleAnd men looked up with faces pale The dragon s irefierce that fireLaid low their towers and houses frail.The mountain smoked beneath the moon The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.They fled their hall to dying fallBeaneath his feet, beneath the moon.Far over the misty mountains grimTo dungeons deep and caverns dimWe must away, ere break of day,To win our harps and gold from him 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 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 muchsatisfying Nothing bores methan 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 quote 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 ME well, 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 quite 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 Bass Though 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 quality 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 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 fou 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 quite 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 songsI felt like I was in a ruddy musical.I m sad that I didn t like it as much I wish I did In any case, still a cool story 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 Hobbi 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 vanquished relationship Not surprising I had read the story six times and been there and back again with this particular volume five 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 beI 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, andbedside theater It was a bitof 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 volume.But the party was not yet complete There would be onearrival, and oneopportunity 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 biteffort 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 quiet rural village of Hobbiton Across the Water, in a land called Middle Earth, an unpresupposing everyman, Bilbo Baggins, lives a quiet 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 quest 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 isto him than even he realized This raises one question 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 quite 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 requires 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 distress Rivendell 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 quite 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 Gollum.IMHO, Bilbo is not the most interesting character in Tolkien s world Arguably there is a lotgoing 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 considerablyink 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 antique, 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 precious.PS 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 JUST AMAZING FUN AND BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE I HAD TO READ THE END AGAIN BECAUSE OF MY LOVEhow they made three films out of this impresses me Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Were it not for the irresistible allure of The Fellowship of the Ring, I d start reading this book all over again right now 3 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 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 Maybe one day soon I ll write a proper review of The Hobbit.In the meantime, I want to say this If you are a child, you need to read this for Gollum s riddles.If you are an adult, you need to read this book to children if you don t have children, rent borrow some for at least one opportunity to roleplay Gollum.Becuz GOLLUM ROOOLZ See here, he even won an award PS Since Gollum features so strongly in this review, here is an interesting video on the acting and CGI genius that went Maybe one day soon I ll write a proper review of The Hobbit.In the meantime, I want to say this If you are a child, you need to read this for Gollum s riddles.If you are an adult, you need to read this book to children if you don t have children, rent borrow some for at least one opportunity to roleplay Gollum.Becuz GOLLUM ROOOLZ See here, he even won an award PS Since Gollum features so strongly in this review, here is an interesting video on the acting and CGI genius that went into the making of the screen Gollum Of course the most compelling reason to add this to your reading list in haste is that it s coming to the MOOVIEZZZ Update commentary on the moviez below.Btw, if you like kickass fighting elves, not to mention pretty kickass she elves and some sizzling elf dwarf romance well, then you might like the second Hobbit moviethan the book ahem Part 3 coming to a cinema house near you soon ish My PRECCIOOOUUSSSSS and soon I ll have a copy of the all the moviez, and they will be me MINE, all mine, just like my precciousss illustrated copies of the novel.Ha, you didn t think one copy would be enough did you If you get around used bookstores a lot, do look out for an illustrated version of the book Update About the 3 films by Peter Jackson I didn t find the first 2 films very memorable He seemed to draw it out almost unbearably, and it also felt to me as if he was embellishing the original story a bit The whole thing seemed like actiony rubbish, though I personally actually quite enjoyed the swinging, shooting, swordfighting ninja elves and the bit of romance.But the THIRD film, The Battle of the Five Armies , now that was a good one I almost missed it on the big screen because of the mediocrity of the first two films But I was glad, oh so glad that I actually did go and see it The cinematics, acting and editing was all very well done, but it was the screenwriting and directing that really shone Here we saw a story of courage and cowardice of generosity of greed and avarice of greatness of soul and of smallness of soul of love of selflessness of brotherhood of hatred of humanity of pain of sacrifice of struggle of moral and spiritual victories of sadness and loss, but above all, of triumph of the soul.Yes, The Battle of the Five Armiesis certainly something that does Tolkien justice at the very least, and what a joy it was to behold on the big screen PS The movies also taught us that dwarves CAN be hot Fascinating For Latin Learners And For Tolkien Fans Of All Ages, The Hobbit Has Been Translated Into Latin For The First Time Since Its Publication Years AgoIn Foramine Terrae Habitabat Hobbitus In A Hole In The Ground, There Lived A Hobbit The Hobbit, Is One Of The World S Most Popular Classic Stories, Appealing To Adults As Much As To The Children For Whom JRR Tolkien First Wrote The Book Translated Worldwide Into Than Modern Languages, Now Hobbitus Ille Is Finally Published In Latin, And Will Be Of Interest To All Those Who Are Studying The Language, Whether At School Or At A Higher LevelIn The Great Tradition Of Publishing Famous Children S Books In Latin, Professional Classicist And Lifelong Tolkien Fan Mark Walker Provides A Deft Translation Of The Entire Book His Attention To Detail, Including The Transformation Of Tolkien S Songs And Verses Into Classical Latin Metres, Will Fascinate And Entertain Readers Of All Ability, Even Those With Only A Minimal Acquaintance With The Language


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