Chapter Nine is one of my favorites 💚 But it also makes me think of Peter Jackson's (in my opinion, poor) choice to include Tauriel in the movies 😂
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A cup of tea ☕,
An apple Fritter 🥧,
A good book 📖,
And my evening is all set!
I'm a chapter behind in The Hobbit read-a-long, but I think I can manage to get caught up tonight!
I've always loved Beorn and his chapter. His conversation with Gandalf always makes me smile. And l like Beorn being so slight farward.
But after reading The History of the Hobbit l also appreciate what is behind this episode. Tolkien's love for Anglo-Saxon literature and the intrusion of that epic in his children's stories.
"Farewell," they cried, "wherever you fare, till your eyries receive you at the journey's end!" That is the polite thing to say among eagles.
"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun salsa and the moon walks," answered Gandalf, who knew the correct reply.
Tolkien does have a way with greeting ?
I‘m almost caught up with the read-along! I just finished Ch. 8, Flies and Spiders. I honestly don‘t know why the forest was so hard for me to get through before. I had a much better experience this time and loved learning about the different types of elves!
Also, I love all of the sayings!!
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
The language is just perfect. ✨
1. Yes. A lot. I'm still a fantasy and mystery reader as l've always been, but l'm more choosy in my reads. And l'm unforgiving with books l don't like (l used to force me to finish every book). I read non-fiction, with l didn't use too and l'm more open to different genres.
2. I'm reading The Hobbit and l can't decide between Bilbo, Gandalf and Thorin.
I've only just realised that this chapters gathers several elements that both bring The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings together and set them apart.
Gandalf, the Eagles and also the Dwarves appears also elsewhere in the legendarium, but they are very different.
Gandalf, for example, is more the fairytales wizard here, while in LotR he's more an inspirator. His magic is far more subtle.
Excited to join the #ThereAndBackAgain read-along! Besides a few false starts, I‘m a Tolkien new-by, but have always wanted to change that. Thanks for welcoming me into the fold, @Daisey! #FellowshipOfTolkien
Thought I‘d share this adorable gingerbread hobbit hole I saw at Festival of Trees the other day. 😍
Is Riddles in the Dark the best chapter in the book?
For me, it might easily be. There's mystery, and adventure, and danger. There's an ancient and sacred game. There's a magic item and a reluctant hero coming into his self.
l'll admit that after reading the Histories, l can see how this chapter (that was heavily revised after the publication of LotR) differafrom the rest of this story.
I can't believe l'm already behind!
I so wished there were more about the stone-giants. They somehow seem alike to Ents. They are the personification of nature, and it's not clear whether they are good or evil.
Maybe they don't care about these things.
“Even the good plans of wise wizards like Gandalf and of good friends like Elrond go astray sometimes when you are off on dangerous adventures over the Edge of the Wild; and Gandalf was a wise enough wizard to know it.”
As exhausted as I am today (still fatigued by my bout with whatever illness is going around my workplace), I could really do with a short rest in Rivendell myself...
Afraid I'm going to pull a Gandalf on my fellow adventurers and disappear from the party temporarily. Limited time for the next week or so - I was ahead, soon I'll be behind, but I'll catch up again! I'll do my best to catch up on your posts as well.
Tolkien is a master crafter of dialogues. I could read the trolls' episode one hundred times and always enjoy it.
I also love the way Tolkien uses words to create comic effects, even when observing the reality around him.
"He had read of a good many things he had never seen or done."
Reading chapter 1 with Tolkien‘s own illustration of The Hill and Bag End. The meeting between Bilbo and Gandalf is great, and I always enjoy the little history of golf anecdote.
Fun note for today: I happened to log into the web version of Litsy this evening and The Hobbit is a trending book!
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It‘s finally settled down enough that I can curl up in my own little hobbit hole and read today‘s chapter, chapter 1.
I still think this is the best “meet cute” for a non-romantic couple I‘ve ever read....and I‘ve always loved the word play here, and how well Tolkien calls out the way we use one simple greeting phrase to mean SO many different things.
It really has been awhile... I clearly remember specific turns of phrase (to “wear a sword instead of a walking-stick” as much as the opening line or the songs), but the overall feel of the first chapter is very different now that I‘m older. Or maybe now that I‘ve read more late 1800s/early 1900s British lit.
“Where did you go, if I may ask?”
“To look ahead,” said he (Gandalf)
“And what brought you back in the nick of time?”
💕Gandalf is the master of enigmatic answers 😂💕
Now, for the perfect ending to my day ? Gandalf & Bilbo's conversation is some of Tolkien's finest work ? This is my favorite quote: "This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbors' respect, but he gained - well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end."
I'll have never hidden my favour for the Dwarves. They are much more complex characters that many Tolkien's readers seem to give them credit for.
Thorin is the perfect example. He is a noble man, a brave warrior, a fierce ally. And still there is darkness inside him. More powerful than he thinks.
It may seem easy to think that Gandalf is the quintessential - even the stereotypical wizard. But he is so much his own character. He is so unique. Such a fantastic character.
I'll admit it, the first chapter is one of the best in the book, in my opinion. Bilbo is such a relatable character from the beginning and l adore how he behaves during the 'dwarf crisis' 😂
Both his Baggings and Took side are immediately clear and you just know that spells 'adventure'.
This is still my favorite opening lines to any book. I loved it as a kid, and I still love it today. I remember meeting Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves for the first time, and I think that I still get just as excited now. 😊
I think I found my wedding cake 🐉
#FellowshipofTolkien I thought you all would appreciate this 💚 And how appropriate for this to have showed up when we just started reading The Hobbit 😅