1 February 2020 Susannah

J.R.R. Tolkien & ‘The Hobbit’

February will bring you one of the world’s favourite novels, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – a timely read with the recent death of Tolkien’s son and literary executor, Christopher. Learn about the inspiration behind Bilbo Baggins and his adventures, find out about the hardships Tolkien endured before he became a writer, and enter the world of the Inklings and literary friendships.

It is a novel that makes you appreciate ‘Home’. Reading it makes you want to go to the pantry and see what delicious things might be lurking there; it makes you want to curl up at a fireside and stay there until the tale is finished; and it makes you acknowledge the places that mean much to you. Most of us love to travel, but Bilbo so well expresses the power of home that draws us all: “I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing.

No wonder The Hobbit has become a classic.

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Featured image credit- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. Martin Freeman in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0903624/

Comments (7)

  1. Mary-Lou Stephens

    I bought a copy of The Hobbit second hand a while ago and have never got around to reading it. February is the month.

  2. Kevin Byrne

    Got on OK with the Hobbit-never finished Lord of The Rings and I am a dogged reader and like fantasy novels that create complete worlds-but I put Philip Pullman and George RR Martin way above…

  3. Dominic Lehane

    I have read The Hobbit novel and The Lord of the Rings novel by J R R Tolkien during the last year. One may guess that my inspiration for this endeavor was the two movie trilogies by Peter Jackson, and that is absolutely true. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed both novels. I liked the blend of mythology/legend/folklore/fairy-tale because I feel that these kind of stories always have an element of the truth and reality in them, and I feel that that experience enriches me greatly. I also loved the journey and the sense of adventure and wonder which that stimulates. One could also not miss the copious detail of the world that Tolkien created which firmly embeds us in his land of fantasy.

    • Susannah Fullerton

      Did you miss Tolkien as a child? I am so glad you enjoyed reading them all. Tolkien creates a fabulous sense of adventure and also survival. It’s not wonder his books have become classics and are so loved.

  4. Dominic Lehane

    Yes, I never had the chance to read Tolkien in my childhood years, but I think the stories are very ambivalent in permeating both childhood and adulthood personas, so I don’t think that I am missing out at all!

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