Thursday, January 31, 2013
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I first read The Hobbit four years ago. Even though I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time shortly after high school, and even though I'd read those books several more times and loved the movies, I hadn't ever read The Hobbit until 2009.
I think in a lot of ways, The Hobbit is actually much more accessible than The Lord of the Rings. There isn't all the history about the world, for one thing, and it is much more action-packed than LOTR.
I admittedly didn't remember a whole lot from the first time I read the book, but some of it came back to me as I read. I was astonished, this time around, at the changes in Bilbo over the course of the book -- and that's really the point of the story, I think, how he becomes so much braver and more resourceful during his adventures.
This time I read the enhanced ebook for Nook, which had lots of original illustrations -- and multiple versions of each -- plus recordings of Tolkien singing and reading from the book. That was kind of a nice touch, and -- at least in this case -- worth the extra dollar or two for the enhanced edition. I usually stay away from those, though, because of compatibility concerns (I don't think they'll work on other e-readers or in smartphone/iThing apps).
Such a fun book, and I am looking forward to seeing the movie, although I am suspicious about how much they have changed in order to create enough material for three movies!