Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – The Hobbit (August 10)

For my Friday meme combo this week I have chosen J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. HarperCollins Canada are hosting a Hobbit reading month at The Savvy Reader this month, so I signed up to participate. I never need too much of an excuse to read The Hobbit anyway! For those of you who haven’t read The Hobbit or know nothing about it (shame on you on both counts!), here is a brief synopsis:

The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar.

Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo.

Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children?s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.

So, now for this week’s excerpts:

Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of The Hobbit:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

I love this book, and I love the very descriptive beginning to it.

The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of The Hobbit:

His head and beard wagged this way and that as he looked for the stones, and they followed his lead, but they seemed no nearer to the end of the search when the day began to fail. Tea-time had long gone by, and it seemed supper time would soon do the same.

Anyone who has read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings will know how important meal-times are to hobbits. I’m looking forward to reading this again and am doing my best to not think too much about the soon to be released movie.

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