Reading The Hobbit: Part 1

Hello fellow Hobbit readers!

First off, thank you for all the support for our #ReadTheHobbit campaign! We’re so excited to see so many people reading along with us. Thank you for tweeting, for your kind comments, and for all the advice from Hobbit fans. We’re off to a great start so far!

So. According to the rough schedule, we’re supposed to be done the first half of the book! Here are my thoughts so far:
(If you haven’t read this far, stop reading this post now! It contains spoilers!)

The Hobbit: Part 1
My Reflections

I understand why there are so many Hobbit fans out there! Tolkien tells a fascinating story and he truly is a master when it comes to describing the world he has created. I can’t wait to see how the hobbit hole looks on the big screen! (While reading, I kept thinking about how Peter Jackson might recreate all these scenes, and kept getting more and more excited about the movie. But, I’m rambling, because this is supposed to be about the book!)

First off, I love Bilbo. Love, love, love him. My favourite moment so far was when he was lost in the tunnels and was totally alone, and he just grabbed hold of his little sword, put one hand on the wall to find his way, and plunged into the darkness. Wait, Tolkien says it much better:

“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!” So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all a patter and a pitter.” – The Hobbit, pg 66

My heart was all a patter and a pitter too, worrying about the little Hobbit!

What’s your favourite part of The Hobbit so far? Let me know in the comments, or on twitter! #ReadTheHobbit

When I heard the news that The Hobbit was going to be three movies I was a bit worried, because it’s only one book! But, already there have been so many battles and exciting scenes. I was totally on edge for the scene with the goblins. Man, they sound absolutely terrifying.

I have to say, I am a bit glad I waited until adulthood to read The Hobbit, because I really appreciate Tolkien’s brilliance and am in awe of his use of language. The songs are also so clever. At first I was tempted to just skim through the songs, because they are a bit hard to read, but I took Jason’s advice and paid special attention to them. (Thanks Jason!)

Overall, I am really enjoying The Hobbit and I can’t believe how much the characters have been through already! I get tired just reading about their adventures. But, at the same time, I am so proud of Bilbo and how he is pushing through. I cheer (sometimes in my head, sometimes out loud) every time he succeeds and every time he is the bravest little Hobbit he can be.

Can’t wait to see what happens in Part 2.

What do you think of The Hobbit so far?
Who’s your favourite character? (Mine, obviously, is Bilbo.)
What part of the book are most excited to see on the big screen? (I can’t wait to see all the food!!)

Let me know in the comments below!

Shannon
Follow me on twitter @SavvyReader / @shanparsons

PS. Reading The Hobbit makes me really hungry for bacon and cakes! Anyone else?

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4 thoughts on “Reading The Hobbit: Part 1

  1. Three movies will be commercially greedy and moribund, totally anti-climactic. Make one really good four hour movie and be done with it. If the studios think audiences won’t watch a good four hour movie they are dead wrong.

  2. I’m enjoying rereading The Hobbit, but I have very little excitement in regards to the Peter Jackson movie(s). I think he made a hash of the LOTR and messed too much with the original stories. I have little faith that he will do better this time.

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