“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” —The Hobbit, page 1, sentence 1
And if you didn’t know that the movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel The Hobbit was coming to theaters this Friday… then perhaps you’ve been living in a hole!
In case you were indeed in that hole, let me pull you out: Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, reluctantly joins a band of dwarves (Thorin, Dwalin, Balin, Fíli, Kíli, Dori, Nori, Ori, Glóin, Óin, Bifur, Bofur, and *deep breath* Bombur) to recapture their mountain and recover treasure from the dragon Smaug. Wizards, elves, goblins, trolls, and giant spiders also included.
What you might not know… is that this is actually the first of three movies, all adapted from the 310-page book. That’s pretty much the same length as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (309 pages) and that was only one movie!
The three movies for The Hobbit are titled:
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again
(Uh, spoiler alert much, movie producers? Now anyone — well, anyone who hasn’t read the books or watched other adaptations of the book — knows that Smaug, the eloquent and greedy dragon, becomes desolated. Uncool).
I’m going to carve out some time this week to re-read The Hobbit before I see the movie! Even if it means sleeping an hour or two less, which if memory serves, won’t be so difficult — because I remember the book being awesome!
Have you read The Hobbit? Are you going to catch it in theaters during winter break? Leave a comment or send in a review of the book, just like Mira, age 11 from Colorado did!
Nancy relates well with Bilbo Baggins because he enjoys eating and thinks about food all the time. I think we all do, especially during holiday snacking season!
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