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READ PDF Õ The Hobbit, or There and Back Again ê 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 InNow 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 ThisPage Paperback Edition Is Based On That First Published In Great Britain By Collins Modern Classics, And Includes A Note On The Text By Douglas A AndersonUnforgettable 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 equal the book Unless you are an author of equal 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 quite enjoyable At some level, there is littleto 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 enough.But if it was only simple entertainment, I do not think that it would be anythingthan 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 condescending.At 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 quickly told, but a story of evil times often requires a great many words to cover the events thereof How often has that idea fascinated me.Consider 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 rude I think that is what makes thisthan 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 quintessential heroic attribute martial prowess.And 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 farthan 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 isin you of good than you know, child of the kindly West Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure Ifof 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 quite enjoyable.
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 adventure.Gandalf 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 dwarves.These 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 superstition.Gandalf soon finds that persuading Bilbo ends up a quest in and of itselfI 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 quiet folk and have no use for adventures Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things Make you late for dinnerReluctantly very reluctantly , Bilbo joins on this journeyand soon finds out that quests are not very friendly to hobbits Is it nice, my preciousss Is it juicy Is it scrumptiously crunchableAnd 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 onIt just has such a wonderful feel I want to read it over and over and over again.I 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 quite 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 outAudiobook 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 story.Blog Instagram Twitter 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.