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Bilbo Baggins There and Back Again A Hobbit's Tale

Updated on April 26, 2013
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Michael has been teaching for many years and concluded that History is written based on selective 'facts'. Here are some of his.

Meet Bilbo Baggins

The following tale describes what happened to one particular hobbit, when he opened his perfectly round, front door. He would often say.

'Going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to'

Source. The Hobbit or There and Back Again. By Bilbo Baggins

Suffice it to say, he rarely had adventures and enjoyed the quiet life.

This is how a very unusual hero's quest began, and how Gandalf invited Bilbo Baggins to share an adventure.

Firstly a 'short' introduction; for those of you who are unfamiliar with Hobbits.

Bilbo's Hobbit Hole at Bag End

Original illustrations by JRR Tolkien unless stated
Original illustrations by JRR Tolkien unless stated | Source

What is a hobbit

Hobbits are small, about half the size of a full grown human.

They tend to be fat, as they like good food and drink. Hobbit's don't tend to wear shoes as they have large feet, covered in curly fur.

They have warm friendly faces, and have the everyday kind of magic of becoming invisible, when people like us bumble into their part of the Shire.

Bilbo was in his 50's, which meant that he was a young adult.

Hobbit homes

Bilbo Baggins like most hobbits, preferred a quiet life with plenty of good food, lashings of drinkables, and a nice cosy hole in the ground to call home.

These holes in the ground are not damp, smelly or full of bugs, but very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Hobbit homes are filled with many well stocked cupboards, pantries and cellars. With fine carpets and very comfortable furniture.

With deep set windows along the hillside aspect, allowing the sunlight to illuminate the whole interior. All in all a very pleasant hole in the hill.

They have well tended gardens, and love nothing better than to grow their own fruit and vegetables. They are particularly happy when tending to their gardens and relaxing.

Photographs from early versions of the Hobbit

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A well thumbed copy
A well thumbed copy
A well thumbed copy | Source

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Many Meetings

Bilbo Baggins' hobbit home was named Bag End, in the Shire of Eriador.

The Shire was a particularly beautiful and peaceful part of Middle-Earth. The Shire was first settled by Hobbits, in 1601 of the Third Age, SR (Shire Reckoning)

Bilbo was an unexceptional hobbit in every respect. He especially liked to know where his next meal was coming from, and did not like adventures at all.

He was however, to become embroiled in one of the biggest adventures; that Shire folk had ever heard of.

The adventures would span several of our lifetimes, and would change Bilbo in ways he could never imagine.

There and Back Again, recounts the story of his heroic quest, and departure from his idyllic life.

In so doing he set in motion a series of events, that would eventually change the course of history, not only for himself and the Shire, but for the whole of Middle-Earth.

To say that Bilbo was a reluctant hero, would be an understatement. The last thing he wanted was wild adventures or an unexpected journey.

He did like having visitors, as long as he knew them, and were of the sensible type.

The Hobbit had heard of strange tales from other parts of Middle-Earth, and would look the place up, on the map, purely in order to avoid going there, at all costs.

He had no idea that his simple life was about to be turned upside down, and an epic story of courage, friendship and loyalty emerges.

It just goes to show what can happen, when a Hobbit, a Wizard and few Dwarves get together.

The Hobbit Early Edition Cover & Artwork

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The Eagles are coming
The Eagles are coming
The Eagles are coming | Source

An Unexpected Journey

When Gandalf the Wizard, and the first Dwarves began to arrive at Bilbo's home, to discuss and plan their journey. They had many maps to examine and matters to discuss.

'What started out as a simple quest to burgle a dragon's hoard of gold and treasure would turn into an adventure of epic proportions. Although it didn't look like it was going to turn out that way at the time.'

Bilbo usually liked company, especially when he knew the visitors. He became a little perplexed when a seemingly endless collection of Dwarves, began arriving at the circular front door, of his lovely little home.

The uninvited (by Bilbo) guests arrive

The Dwarves who arrived in rapid succession were.

The brothers. Dwalin, a blue bearded Dwarf and Balin, a very old looking Dwarf

Kili and Fili, equipped with tools and a spade for the burglary.

Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin

Gandalf the Wizard (considered by some as a troublemaker. Although he did make great fireworks) arrived with. Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin Oakenshield, a rather haughty and aloof character altogether.

13 Dwarves in all. They set about ordering what they would like to eat and drink, and talking about the adventure at hand. Dwarves love nothing better than eating, drinking and chatting about adventurous plans. Especially if it involves Dragons, gold and mountains.

Not wanting to be ungracious, Bilbo rushed around finding plates and cups, food and drink for the almost constant flow of new visitors. Whilst Bilbo was completely befuddled by the almost constant arrival of new Dwarves he was far too polite to complain. Hi did think that the Dwarves looked like a rough lot.

By the time the last visitor had settled in, Bilbo was completely flustered and bewildered.

The Dwarves saw that the hobbit was perplexed, and helped to disperse the victuals to all and sundry.

Bilbo was very tired and sat quietly listening, as the company discussed all kinds of terrifying things, including dragons, adventures and treasures, deep into the night.

The assembled company examined the Middle-Earth Maps, to find a way through, avoiding as many dangerous places as they could. As you may see from the map below, it is full of pitfalls, swamps and other spooky things.

Middle-Earth Maps showing the way to the Lonely Mountain

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The Shire is to the East in EriadorBilbo Baggins and company must cross the Wilderland to reach the Lonely MountainThe Lonely Mountain Smaug's lair If you translate these runes it will help you on your way. It begins.  'Three may walk abreast'
The Shire is to the East in Eriador
The Shire is to the East in Eriador | Source
Bilbo Baggins and company must cross the Wilderland to reach the Lonely Mountain
Bilbo Baggins and company must cross the Wilderland to reach the Lonely Mountain | Source
The Lonely Mountain Smaug's lair
The Lonely Mountain Smaug's lair | Source
If you translate these runes it will help you on your way. It begins.  'Three may walk abreast'
If you translate these runes it will help you on your way. It begins. 'Three may walk abreast' | Source

The Hobbit is simply a Masterpiece

Baggins the Burglar

The discussion revolved around how to get into, and relieve the dragon Smaug, of his gold and treasure.

Bilbo found himself drowsily agreeing to a suggestion, on how to go about sneaking in undetected. By the side entrance.

Then the Dwarves began to sing a low lament, involving deep places in the earth, treasure and such things that conjured dreams in the sleepy hobbit mind, of far away places.

The song pleased the assembled company no end, and persuaded them that Bilbo was the very hobbit for the 'job'. He was indeed the perfect burglar and so relaxed.

This passed by the hobbits sleepy attention, without a flicker of understanding of what he had just heard suggested. As far as he was concerned he had not agreed to go along and that was that.

You must remember dear reader, that Bilbo was from a very well to do family. The Bagginses were well respected in the Shire. They were also moderately well off, which meant that they were considered upright pillars of the community. This adventuring malarkey, was against his better judgement, to say the least.

Bilbo was very happy with his life up to this point, and was content to see out the rest of his days, in quiet repose in the comfort of Bag end,

An Unexpected Journey begins

The very next morning, Bilbo woke to find himself alone and the Dwarves gone. It seems that they had accepted his refusal to be their burglar, and had simply left. At least the house was tidy again and suddenly, very, very quiet.

By the time he had finished having that last thought, he somehow found himself setting off, no running off, down the road trying to catch up with this motley crew.

He was setting out on an adventure, that he has no idea how he got involved in and really cannot believe what he is doing. But he just keeps going.

Although he did find it intriguing, to listen to the company talk about this adventure, somehow he couldn't remember how he had decided to be actually going along too.

How he came to be in this predicament was a mystery to him. Some say that one of his ancestors on the TOOK side of the family, had gone on an adventure once, and maybe he had inherited a little of this Tookish behavior.

Bilbo found himself leaving his beloved Bag End, on an unexpected journey to, who knows where. He didn't even have time to have breakfast, collect a hat, handkerchief, walking stick, or any money.

What unfolds in the following chapters, is a brilliant, epic story of action, adventure and heroism, the likes of which few hobbits have ever seen. It is a true masterpiece.

First published by Allen & Unwin in 1937. History Professor, JRR Tolkien's, The Hobbit or There and Back Again by Bilbo Baggins, was written originally as a children's book.

It is that, and a whole lot more. If you haven't read it yourself. I highly recommended it.

Truly, It is a timeless classic. It's one of those rare books, you will want to read again and again and you will always find something new.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie trailer

Gandalf arrives at Bilbo's Hobbit home

An Unexpected Journey The Movie

The movie, The Hobbit will be in three parts. The first episode, titled. An Unexpected Journey, by Lord of the Rings Director. Peter Jackson, will introduce a whole new generation to this brilliant and epic story.

Short review of the Movie

Jackson has done a truly masterful job, just as he did with the Lord of the Rings Movies. It is another triumph and a great treat for Tolkien fans.

It will play well to an audience new to the story. The movie works in it's own right and no prior knowledge is required. It stands alone on it's own merit. Quite a feat in itself.

It is a visual treat in beautiful Real 3D. The movie sticks to the original novel as only Jackson seems able to pull off. Probably the best movie I have seen this year. I recommend you see it for yourself.

Good high quality Family movies are rare. The Hobbit is a welcome addition to this movie franchise. Now available on Blu Ray and DVD.

The star cast includes. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and of course Hobbiton in the Shire.

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    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Brett, I posted a few things and then had to go into grandpa mode for the new arrival. Catch up with you soon.

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      Brett Caulton 

      3 years ago from Asia


      Thanks for the tip! I joined, but haven't received their activation email yet (not in spam either). How are you finding it? It certainly looks interesting!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello tillsontitan,

      It is a fantastic tale. I am happy to have had the chance to write about it. Tolkien is one of my all time favorite writers. A very talented chap.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I read The Hobbit so long ago there is little I actually remember. You totally fixed that. This easy to read and follow hub took us all right to the Shire of Eriador and was a great introduction to Bilbo Baggins!

      I know I'm late coming to this party but so glad I found it and read this enlightening hub. Great job. Now I have to see the movie as I loved the others.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell,

      It is a great movie isn't it.

      We just bought the DVD too.

      There is so much crammed into this film, that it's nice to go through it again at home.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Just came back to say that I saw the film a week ago, and it was great! I thought that it might not be as good as the Lord of the Rings, but it was, it didn't disappoint, can't wait for the next in the series, nell

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Theresa,

      It is from such a fantastic writer of course. I just love these stories.

      Tolkien as you probably know was also a great historian.

      Have a wonderful break over the holidays.


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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello Michael - Just read this again for the sheer pleasure of it. A great write! :) Christmas is getting closer. Take care. Blessings!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Denise,

      I am sure you will enjoy it. He really does capture the essence of the book.

      I am not going to give away any of the secrets. lol

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      That's great to know...we're planning on seeing it during the Christmas holidays.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Suzie,

      I watched the first movie 'An Unexpected Journey' this afternoon.

      It was excellent.

      This Director really knows how to handle these very precious stories.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Denise,

      The books are worth a read at any age. They speak to us about higher values. Glad you liked this hub.

      I have just returned from watching the movie. It is brilliant. Peter Jackson really has done a great job again.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 

      5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mike,

      Great job on this snapshot of another epic I can't wait for. Tolkien.s book were classics and The Lord of The Rings was one of my favourite trilogies on the big screen.

      Thank you for bringing us The Hobbit and I can't wait to see all the parts over the next few years!!

      Votes Up, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, Shared!!

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful review you've done here. I never read the books growing up, but did watch the Lord of the Rings movies. I have to admit that I had trouble understanding and following everything that was going on. I found your review immensely helpful. Thank you!

      Rated up/U/I/A Well done. :)

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello vespawoolf,

      I have been a fan of Tolkien, since I first picked up; the Hobbit in the 70's.

      It is a great read, and the movie's have been sensitively produced by Peter Jackson.

      Looking forward to the new movie too. :)

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the friendly voice you used while writing this review. I feel like I've been on an adventure with a hobbit! I enjoyed the books as a child and have watched the Lord of the Rings series. Now I look forward to The Hobbit movies...this is the first I've heard of it! Thanks for a great review.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell,

      Maybe we should organise a premier party for the launch of the movie. Red carpet and all. : )


    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vox Vocis,

      You are a very lucky person, never to have read it yet.

      It is a treat for the imagination, enjoy the Hobbit and the movie.

      Lucky you.

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      6 years ago

      We'll see whether I'll see the movie or read the book first. Anyway, plan to do both. It's strange that Bilbo wasn't into adventures, as it seems that reading the novel alone will be adventure of its own. Interesting review, voted up!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Why thank you cfin,

      Much appreciated.

    • cfin profile image


      6 years ago from The World we live in

      Just fantastic!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Wesman,

      ' The Silmarillion' . Wow, you are a true devotee of the great man himself. Tolkien. To delve so deep.

      I have read The Silmarillion, amongst several other more obscure tomes from JRR.

      I am currently reading The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun published post mortem by his son and it is brilliant I must say.

      The book was found as an incomplete manuscript and has been deftly edited by his son Christopher Tolkien.

      The movie looks like it is going to be very good. I agree it is one to be seen in the theatre.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'll even bring the cakes : )

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      lol! yep been trying for an invite! still waiting!

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Nell,

      They are a great read, I can highly recommend the whole series of books. They are brilliant.

      Wow you sons friend is married to a Tolkien.

      Invite us both around for tea and cakes : )

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I re read "The Hobbit" this year myself. Very enjoyable read, of course - and quite a lot different than either LOTR or "The Silmarillion."

      I can't wait for the movie....the first one, I mean...I think I'll even go see it in a theater...which is a really rare thing for me.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Michael, loved this! I love all the films, but never ever read the books strangely enough. My brother has read them all, so maybe I will give the hobbit a go, I was going to buy it last week, but thought I would hold out for the film, my sons friend is married to Tolkiens nephew I believe, could be a cousin, not sure, so I keep trying to get her to sneak out a first edition! lol! voted up! and shared, nell

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Aurelio,

      I know the hobbit can be a tough cookie to crack. With all the secret languages and code words to unravel.

      I found the whole process fascinating. The movie looks like it is going to be a smash hit.

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is great prep for the upcoming movie. But I must confess I couldn't get through "The Hobbit" in book form, although I enjoyed "Lord of the Rings." Maybe the movie will get me back into The Hobbit again. Voting this Up and Interesting. SHARED.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Penelope,

      I have to agree. The book is always better.

      Many Tolkien fans were very worried, when Peter Jackson made the first films but he stuck to the spirit of the books and managed in my opinion to pull it off.

      There have been some dreadful films of this series of books and that is just annoying for many fans.

      I think Jackson will do a good job again. Fingers crossed.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur,

      I think the book is always better than a movie version. At least Peter Jackson is a great fan and has done a pretty good job so far.

      Nothing beats our own imaginations, it's true.

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      Penelope Hart 

      6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Yes, it's a whole lot more than a children's book. Loved it back in the day and would like to read it again this winter in front of the fire. Wonder if the movie will contain the magic; there is such a difference between literature and movies from books - no matter how brilliant the effects.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      A great review, am waiting to see the movie. I always feel the original book is better than any movie version. Hobbit is my favorite.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello prasetio30,

      I am happy that you enjoyed this little introduction to possible the most wonderful series of books by the great JRR Tolkien.

      Thanks for accepting my offer, of the exchange of links.

      I have added your hub link, into my hub on orchids.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee,

      Glad you enjoyed reading this hub. I really enjoyed writing it.

      Reminded me what a great writing is all about. A pure joy.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello grand old lady,

      I agree. It is a magical book and appeals to all ages. It has many layers and is always a great read.

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very interesting hub. I really love reading the story of "hobbit" and the video is amazing. Thanks, Michael for writing and share with us. I read your message about exchange links and I accept your offer. Voted up!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for this very informative and interesting hub. Sounds like a fascinating movie coming up. Enjoyed the trailer. Passing this on.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice hub. I never read Tolkien but once found The Hobbit as an audio book in YouTube and loved it! Your review helps me to understand and appreciate the book even more. Thank you for sharing:)

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Ruby,

      you are in for a treat if you like action, (with no car chases) adventure (old school, no swearing) and the odd wizard.

      These are a great series of family friendly books starting with Mr Bilbo Baggins esq.

      I have been a fan from the moment I read them many years ago. The films are really well made so I am sure you will love it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I must confess, I have never read ' The Hobbit ' What a great cast of characters. I think i would love seeing the movie after watching the trailer, Thank you..Enjoyed your review..

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello macteacher,

      I think we were all enthralled by the magic of the whole thing. But what a lovely way to go.: )

      The books really possess a kind of magic, that travels through time and infects a new generation.

      The ring of power is calling. : )

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi PDXBuys,

      In the history of childrens books. Tolkiens work stands as a benchmark for quality and invention. He really did set the bar high.

      To think that these were written in 1937.

      Some things really are timeless.

      Thanks for reading and leaving your very welcome comment.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bobbi,

      The earlier movies have been done really well. I think the new trilogy will be just as good if not better. There are some very interesting characters in the Hobbit.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill,

      It is such a classic. I read The Hobbit first when I was in my 20's and became a total Tolkien head.

      I read everything I could get my hands on. He was a great writer. Thankfully we have a good director and the movie should be a blast.

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      Wendy Golden 

      6 years ago from New York

      Excellent piece on The Hobbit. I sat down and read the Hobbit when I was 12 years old. That was enough to get me hooked and sat down and read The Lord of the Rings (all three volumes) in one summer. They are timeless books, and impossible to forget. Thanks for getting me excited again for the movie.

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      6 years ago from Oregon

      I had the privilege of seeing JRR Tolkien's original Hobbit illustrations at a public display back when I was living and working in England in 1987. I had read the book as a teenager so it was a thrill! Thanks for the hub.

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      6 years ago from Florida


      Thanks for sharing the up coming movie---I cannot wait. Your review was a great tribute to a wonderful writer.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill De Giulio 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Mike, as a kid I really enjoyed the books and I am looking forward to the movie release. I loved the Lord of Rings movies and of course it all started with Bilbo Baggins and The Hobbit. Great job Mike.

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Theresa,

      I can honestly say I understand your husband's obsession with these fantastic books.

      I first discovered them in my 20's and it was in the 70's. = Hippie : )

      My buddies and I would leave notes for each other in runic. Seriously. We thought it was a great hoot, and do you know what. It was.

      I have loved these books from the moment I picked them up.

      Tolkien was a Professor of History over in Oxford University.

      I think you would appreciate the history, that he created. It is very detailed and elaborate, drawing on the Norse Sagas amongst other sources.

      Strangely Tolkien has become a part of our collective histories.

      How quant. I think he would be pleased.

      I liked CS Lewis' works, but Tolkien is in a different league.


    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello aviannovice,

      It's always a good idea to reread a classic.

      I love all the book's and will be re-discovering a few more of them in the coming months.

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      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello bizarrett81,

      I understand you point. I too was horrified by the idea of a movie. I had such a clear idea in my mind of how the whole thing would look. And there were some terrible LOTR movies made in the 1970s and 1980s where they totally messed it up.

      Peter Jackson on the other hand is a huge fan of the books and knows how strongly people feel about these wonderful books.

      He has done a great job so far. This latest installment The Hobbit looks like it is going to be fine.

      Bilbo Baggins was so much more lovely, before he found that accursed ring. :) Don't you think?

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a wonderful Hub Michael. :) I have never read the Hobbit. In our twenties my husband was obsessed with the Ring Trilogy, but I was smitten by C.C. Lewir and his science fantasy trilogy. I think I have read Lewis's trilogy 7 or 8 times and will probably read it again. You may have convinced me to go back and read the Hobbit. :) ~~Theresa

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Femme,

      JRR was indeed a great human being and he left us a wonderful legacy. He lectured over in the next shire to me, in Oxford.

      The two editions used here as a source for his illustrations, are from 1966 and 1990.

      I think you may be right that just about everyone since has followed in his mighty footsteps.

      The whole middle earth concept is a true tour de force.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, indeed, if this is like The Lord of the Rings movies, it will be incredible. I should sit down and read all the books. Thanks for the thought...

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Bill,

      I am looking forward to this movie as well. We get it on the 28th Nov.

      I am a big fan of Tolkien's work. He really was a one off.

      What a shame they didn't release it worldwide on the same day.

      Piracy being what it is these days.

      Some movies can only be fully appreciated on the big screen.

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      6 years ago


      I wanted to add a short note for you and mention something I read a few years ago. A fantasy writer (wish I could remember which one) commented during an interview, regarding his love for Tolkien as writer, that all fantasy writers who came after him, are (in a base sense) trying to keep his work alive with their re-inventions of Middle Earth and it's peoples.

      I rather liked that ideology, and I think the guy is probably not far off the mark.

      Tolkien's real life is as honorable and as interesting as any of the characters he ever invented. I'm thrilled that his work has continued to be cultivated and cared for via his son, Christopher. It seems, with him, the apple really didn't fall far from the tree. He is amazingly talented, and thankfully he has kept his father's works alive and well for generations to enjoy.


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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, I am so looking forward to the movie release in December. I have no doubt, from seeing the previews, that this will be another huge success for Jackson.

      Great read here my friend! Have a wonderful weekend!


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      6 years ago from Maine

      The Hobbit is one of my most favorite books of all time, so sound cliché. My father read us The Hobbit and the entire Lord of the Rings series every night before bed from when I was about five till about nine or ten. I so looked forward to those story times, and I would close my eyes and see the beautiful green hills of the shire and the terrible blackness of the Nazgul. I had "The Hobbit" on a small record that I played endlessly on my tiny blue record player and read the accompanying book with the artwork that is most commonly associated with it. It was beautiful and when I heard they were making the movies, I was honestly devastated. I thought, no one on earth could ever paint the pictures I saw in my head. But HOLY S*** pardon my french, but hats OFF to Mr. Jackson. I now fully look forward to the movie coming out in December like a kid waiting for christmas.

      Nice article, btw. Makes me want to read it again before the movie comes out...

    • molometer profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Femme,

      Thanks for commenting. I'm a great fan of Tolkien.

      I have read just about everything he has written (twice +)

      Astonishing to think that it all started with this little hobbit.

      Bilbo Baggins spawned a whole world.

      I like Peter jacksons handling of the LOTR trilogy, and hopefully he will make this movie work as well.

      The hobbit has been made into a film before, and it was terrible.

      The trailer looks pretty good

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      6 years ago


      An excellent read with my coffee. :) I've been having a love affair with Tolkien's work since I was a kid, and oddly, The Hobbit is the least favorite of mine when it comes to his stories.

      However, Peter Jackson's magical touch may open it up in a new way for me, and fly it to the top with the rest of Tolkien's work. He's one of the few cinema-crafters producing work that I can say I love and be totally sincere about it.

      Great review!!



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