The 21st of September 2017 will be the 80th anniversary of the publication of J R R Tolkien’s The Hobbit or There and Back Again.
My edition for this reread of The Hobbit is the 1997 illustrated hardback produced for the 60th anniversary. The illustrator, Alan Lee went on to become one of Peter Jackson’s artistic consultants for the 2001-03 movies of LOTR. His images of Middle Earth have become iconic in the Tolkien world.
Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar!
|Bilbo Baggins was standing at his door after breakfast smoking an enormous long pipe.|
Whilst reading The Hobbit, watch out for examples of animism (giving inanimate objects human qualities), WWI analogies, the use of the omniscient narrator, fairy tale-like elements, examples of greed and selfishness, safety versus dangerous, heroism and humour.
Please be mindful of first time readers until we get to the end of the month, where we can then assume that the book has been read by all participants.
You can read The Hobbit as quickly or as slowly as you like throughout February. You could even read it multiple times if the fancy takes you.
The #HLOTRreadalong2017 Master Post is here.