Re-reading my Fiction Past: The Hobbit
I came upon the idea last week of re-reading a few books that from back in my school days; the majority of them I was unable to appreciate due to my lack of literary maturity or the understanding to the great works put in front of me. I merely looked at them and groaned another book that would have to be read, which would lead to a test when we were finished. I have to admit I only read a few of the novels that were given to me, and then usually read the cliff notes to them in hopes of escaping the trouble of reading. This was during the time before I became the reader I am today. I was not fond of reading as I am now; to put it short I loathed it. There wasn’t any book that took my fancy or had some impact on my life or self being. Since I have grown into quite the reader since that time I have decided to give those novels a second chance.
I was given The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien when I was 12 years old and in the sixth grade. I remember looking back at the cover of the novel and rolled my eyes, another dull book that would be shoved into my locker and never seen again. I believe I managed to read 20 pages till I gave up and ran to the nearest copy of cliff notes that I could find. Now some years later, here I am picking up the same novel with a new approach to the work. I am happy to say that I LOVE THIS NOVEL!! This novel is brilliant in that it allows the reader to escape into a new world and seek adventure beyond their imagination. You feel for the characters; you understand their troubles, trials and difficulties they face on the adventure to find themselves and gain things once lost. If you have not read this novel then you should! It is the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who goes on a treasure hunt with a wizard named Gandalf and thirteen dwarfs named Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin. They must face dangerous creatures and make new friends along with new enemies. They must cling together to make it through the difficult times and celebrate when they are good, which is rare and few for them. This adventure will push them to their limits and they must rely on one another if they wish to succeed.
Another reason that I re-read this book is due to The Hobbit is being made into a movie and the filming is to start soon in New Zealand. I loved the Lord of the Rings movies so much that I am looking forward to this one coming out next year, hopefully. I am also excited since one of my favorite actors, Richard Armitage, is to be in the movie and play Thorin who is the head dwarf. He is a talented, interesting actor who is worth looking out for, did I also mention that he is gorgeous! If you are a fan of costume dramas, then check Richard out in North and South, it is an amazing television movie and is well worth watching. So yes there may have been some leeway as to why I may have re-read this book, but it did not stop me from liking it. I liked it so much I went out and bought the Lord of the Rings books in hopes of reading them in the near future. It seems I have embraced my inner nerd and I am quite enjoying it!
Have a good Tuesday everyone!