Wednesday, February 19, 2020

There and Back... A Few Thoughts on The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I don't imagine that there are very many people who don't have at least an inkling of an idea of what The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien is about. Many people have seen the movie based on the book.

I homeschooled my children, and the rule for my kids was that they could not see The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings trilogy until they had read the corresponding books. Strangely enough, I never read any of them.

My book club selected The Hobbit for their February 2020 selection. I was quickly drawn into the action. I did have pictures in my mind of some of the characters, because I had seen The Hobbit movie. Like every movie that's made from a book, the movie was just a small preview of how wonderful the actual book was. I had a bit of a concern about the spiders, but found that it was not nearly as bad as I had feared.

As it turned out, I was a little let down when the book was finished. I didn't quite understand why it ended the way that it did, however it was a very good tale indeed. Next I'm going to look for a book to read about The Hobbit and the influences of Christianity and the war in it. Two options I've found so far are Finding God in The Hobbit by Jim Ware and A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War by Joseph Laconte. If you have any recommendations, please write to me.

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  1. How was the movie? I heard it was extremely violent.

    I actually bought it, the series, for my oldest for Christmas, but then I read about it and have not let him watch it.

    He read the book and loved it.

    1. I don't remember exactly how violent the Hobbit was. It's been quite a while. They were all too violent for me though. Ugly characters, too. ~smile~

  2. I read The Hobbit years and years ago and my hubby loves the movie--although I have never watched it. I am sometimes disappointed by the movie after reading a book.
    That sounds like a good deal for the trial subscription. I will try to sign up once I am home again. xo Diana

    1. Hi Diana, I nearly always find the movie a disappointment if I've read the book first. Sometimes it's fun to see a movie first, so that you have a setting and characters in mind.  Blessings, Laura

  3. The Hobbit was one of my favorite books growing up, but I didn't read The Lord of the Rings Trilogy until after seeing the movies. I loved them all (books and movies), but it's amazing that, as epic an undertaking it was to make the movies...and they are good (all I see is Biblical stuff)...but, it's amazing how much they had to leave out that was in the books!!! Peter Jackson did a great job though! What an undertaking!

    1. I don't know yet if I will read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Lately, I've been rather busy with a review book.Be blessed friend,Laura


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