KINDLE BOOK The Hobbit or There and Back Again author J.R.R. Tolkien – chiangshistory.org
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 lad I took the opportunity to read this first before diving into a reread of L 610 The Hobbit There And Back Again JRR TolkienThe Hobbit Or There There and Back Again JRR TolkienThe Hobbit or There 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 Thr r 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 roup 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 oblins the map When they attempt to cross the Misty Mountains they are caught by oblins driven deep underground Although Gandalf rescues them Bilbo ets separated from the others as they flee the Wife in Exchange goblins Lost in theoblin tunnels he stumbles across a mysterious ring and then encounters Gollum who engages him in a The Eternal Ice (Magic: The Gathering: Ice Age Cycle, 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 Theoblins and Wargs Night And Day give chase but the company are saved by eagles before resting in the house of Beorn 2004 20 190 191 28051399 In a hole in theround 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 i 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 Tennessee Takedown / Ravens Hollow good how do youive 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 Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in uiet comfort But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves Soon Bilbo was drawn into their. Ost 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 The Cowboy Takes a Bride (The Bridal Bid good book Instead this simple children s story resonates and fascinates It teases and hints at something larger andrander and it instructs and lectures as from one of the most subtle intellects without Feeling Like It Is like it is 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 Michaels Discovery (The Devaneys good time is always too uickly told but a story of evil times often reuires areat 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 Shotgun Wedding (Silhouette Yours Truly, 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 moing to be rude but I don t want you to think #I m someone who is normally rude or I m oing to put myself forward but I don t want you #m someone who is normally rude or I m oing to put myself forward but I don t want you think of me as someone who is normally so arrogant or even I m Innocent Sins (Harlequin Presents, going to be rude but I don t want to think of myself as someone who is rude so I moing to pretend I m not being rudeI think that is what makes this than just a Only a Whisper good book but areat one Tolkien is able to Copper Lake Secrets 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 upood 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 Brooklyn's Song go along with his superhuman ability to kick butt attrac. 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VIRILITY HOW IS TOLKIEN S How different Tolkien s 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 entle 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 Plain Jane The Hotshot gives away He is a peacemaker Though wrongly imprisoned he bears norudge 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 Family of Her Dreams 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 hoardedold 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 Blackmailed Into the Italians Bed great measure the power to beat people upood 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 raced 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 Sof Bradbury s 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 ood 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. R of an entire countryside This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by JRR Tolkien in his bestselling epic The Lord of the Ring.