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The Hobbit or There and Back Again ( Free ) Author J.R.R. Tolkien

SUMMARY The Hobbit or There and Back Again

E hobbit may never return the plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the dangerous drago. 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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The Hobbit or There and Back Again

He day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which th. 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 bookBilbo 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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Bilbo Baggins a respectable well to do hobbit lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until t. 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 seemNow 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


10 thoughts on “The Hobbit or There and Back Again

  1. says:

    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 w

  2. says:

    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 take

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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

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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

  5. says:

    There are some days when I actually think that the humble Hobbit is superior to it's bohemoth brother The Lord of the Rin

  6. says:

    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

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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 i

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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

  9. says:

    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 pi

  10. says:

    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

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