I’ve always been an avid reader and Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were very influential in my life – not only did they lead to a love of sci-fi and fantasy books but they also made me a ‘compulsive’ reader.
My fondest memory of The Hobbit is when I read it to my children – it was their bed time story and they loved it. It became a tradition and I had to be a grumpy dwarf every night prior to reading the books. My children, now nearly 22 will be going to the movie with me and hopefully the memories will continue through a new generation with my Grand Son in a few years.
My father introduced me to "The Hobbit" when I was around nine years old. He had a copy with illustrations, which I was not allowed to bring back to my mother's house. I had my mom bring me to the library, she had to sign permission for me to be able to get to Tolkiens books, they were in the adult section.
I was so enthralled by Tolkien that the ten year old me checked Tolstoy from the library when J.R.R.'s books ran out. It was not the same!
I just read The Hobbit again, and now my nine-year-old grandson is reading it. I can't wait to see the movie! I've read the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and I'm reading it again now. I'm a big Tolkien fan.
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