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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Let's Booktalk: The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien



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“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” (Tolkien 3).

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, who likes nothing more than to tend his garden, smoke his pipe, and be left in peace. Gandalf the Grey is a wizard, who likes nothing more to make sure justice is served, Middle Earth is safe, and that people and creatures great and small are a part of the world not just merely living in it.

When Gandalf enters into Bilbo Baggins’ life, it will change it from a peaceful existence to an adventure shared. He will share his adventures with 13 dwarves, on a mission to reclaim their home, fight trolls, wargs, goblins, elves, dragons, and more. Bilbo’s story of going “There and Back Again” will go beyond his life, into the lives of others in Middle Earth yet to come.


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