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    What J.R.R. Tolkienís classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publi

    What J.R.R. Tolkienís classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publication

    "There and back again" is Frodo's rendition of the story. J.R.R. Tolkien's tail was a highly Christianized version of the eternal battle between good and evil born from his WWI combat experiences. It, and his other works remain the most important in fantasy literature.

    ďIn a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.Ē So began the legendarium that dominated a genre, changed Western literature and the field of linguistics, created a tapestry of characters and mythology that endured four generations, built an anti-war ethos that endured a World War and a Cold War, and spawned a multibillion-dollar media franchise. J.R.R. Tolkienís work is probably best remembered today by the sword-and-sandal epic scale of The Lord of The Rings films, but it started in the quiet, fictionalized English countryside of the Shire. It started, 80 years ago in a hobbit-hole, with Bilbo Baggins.


    Although Tolkien created the complicated cosmological sprawl of The Silmarillion and stories like the incestuous saga of Tķrin Turambar told in The Children of Hķrin, Middle-earth itself is mostly remembered today as something akin to little Bilbo in his Hobbit-hole: quaint, virtuous, and tidy. Nowadays, George R.R. Martinís got the market cornered on heavily initialed fantasy writers, and his hand guides the field. High and epic fantasy are often expected to dip heavily into the medieval muck of realism, to contain heavy doses of sex and curses, gore and grime, sickness and believable motives and set pieces. Characters like Martinís mercenary Bronn of the Blackwater are expected to say ď$#@!.Ē Modern stories, even when set in lands like A Song of Ice and Fireís Essos that are filled with competing faiths, tend toward the nihilist, and mostly atheist. Heavenly beings are denuded of potency and purity; while the gods may not be dead, divinity certainly is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    What J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publication

    "There and back again" is Frodo's rendition of the story. J.R.R. Tolkien's tail was a highly Christianized version of the eternal battle between good and evil born from his WWI combat experiences. It, and his other works remain the most important in fantasy literature.




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    I believe that I heard once that it was written as a tale for children, suitable for children over the age of 10. I'd have to go through some stuff to find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    What J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publication

    "There and back again" is Frodo's rendition of the story. J.R.R. Tolkien's tail was a highly Christianized version of the eternal battle between good and evil born from his WWI combat experiences. It, and his other works remain the most important in fantasy literature.




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    Bilbo, not Frodo. I haven't read that in years, I think I will download it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crepitus View Post
    Bilbo, not Frodo. I haven't read that in years, I think I will download it.
    Frodo finished the book. He wrote the title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    Frodo finished the book. He wrote the title.
    Ok, my memories of the stories may not be as clear as I thought. Definitely gonna download and read Hobbit and Lord of the rings.
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    I feel so fortunate and thankful that when I was in elementary school my teachers made me learn to read. I didnt learn much else by the time I left school at the end of the 7th grade.
    Its so fricken pathetic that we have high school kids getting diplomas that cant read at a 7th grade level.

    Reading was my escape as a young kid. I read all the classics, sometimes two 3 4 times till I understood them.

    Tom Sawyer, huck finn, even read the hardy boys and lots of cowboy books and the Hobbit
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    I read a lot from an early age. The Hobbit and LOTRs were part of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    I feel so fortunate and thankful that when I was in elementary school my teachers made me learn to read. I didnt learn much else by the time I left school at the end of the 7th grade.
    Its so fricken pathetic that we have high school kids getting diplomas that cant read at a 7th grade level.

    Reading was my escape as a young kid. I read all the classics, sometimes two 3 4 times till I understood them.

    Tom Sawyer, huck finn, even read the hardy boys and lots of cowboy books and the Hobbit
    I had two older sisters, so add Nancy Drew. Once I got my library card new worlds were available. Somewhere along the way, we got a set of encyclopedias. I looked at every page. I read many pages.
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    I pretty much read everything JRRT published.

    The Middle Earth books were clearly the ones I was interested in but I've read his short stories and his Middle Earth ancillary books. The Silmarillion was... very dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Obvious View Post
    I pretty much read everything JRRT published.

    The Middle Earth books were clearly the ones I was interested in but I've read his short stories and his Middle Earth ancillary books. The Silmarillion was... very dry.
    lol, it was. I think it was just background work for the Hobbit and LOTR.
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