Wednesday, September 21, 2011

There and Back Again at 74

The Hobbit aka There and Back Again, was published this day in 1937. Ringers (and we are proud to be one) everywhere have been praising J.R.R Tolkien ever since.

"Since then, it’s estimated that the tale of Bilbo’s heroic quest defeat the dragon Smaug and reclaim the birthright of Thorin has sold somewhere between 35 million and 100 million copies. It’s also been translated into more than 40 different languages."

The Hobbit was published first, was a critical and commercial bonanza and lead to "The Lord of the Rings", which is itself 3 books altogether.

The Hobbit introduces us to Middle Earth and its inhabitants focusing on, of course, a Hobbit. One named Bilbo.

Here, let Leonard Nimoy regale you with his 1960's hit "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins".

"For he was a little hobbit from the Shire that we all admire"

Ok. We just can't help laughing at that and shaking our head. WTF? How much acid was available in the 60's?

Bilbo's perfect world in Hobbiton is upset one day when he is beset by a dozen or so dwarfs who want his services as a thief to go with them to fight the evil dragon Smaug and steal his treasure. A thief! Who put that idea into their head? Why, who else but Gandalf the Wizard.

Well, after a lot of adventures we have the iconic Battle of the Five Armies and a happy ending.

For the full summary of the plot check out the Wiki page:

What makes this book so iconic is the world of Middle Earth that Tolkien creates and breathes life into on every page. It's just a magical, enjoyable and timeless adventure to treasure over and over again.

We highly HIGHLY recommend giving these books to 12 and 13 year olds. It will blow their mind in a way that Harry Potter never will. The books will become a time honored gift that, as they grow older, will lure them back time and it did us.

Peter Jackson is currently helming the movie version and of course will nail it like he did LOTR. Most of the regulars will be back and some new characters, too.

One of them is played by Evangeline Lily (Kate on Lost) and she's a little nervous. Here is what she had to say recently about her new role:

"I am very concerned that people will watch, and I’ll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I’m one of them! That said, upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation — especially female characters! The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all. What they have done is all in perfect keeping with J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story."

She's right about at least one thing. There are no women in The Hobbit. There were very few in LOTR either and PJ adapted that very well to give Arwen and Galadriel more "air" time.

We are very excited to see the movie The Hobbit for we've seen The Battle of the Five Armies in our minds for some 30 years now and can't wait to see it on the Big Screen. Not to mention THE DRAGON. Smaug will finally be as famous as Bilbo! It's going to be fucking awesome!

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