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This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. What began as a line scribbled on a blank page of an exam paper has become, for many, including myself, the first step into Middle Earth and the world of hobbits.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” And this hobbit is Mr. Bilbo Baggins, respectable resident of a very comfortable hole in a hill called Bag-End. I first “met” Bilbo in the mid-1980s, and we’ve had many meetings since because once in a while, maybe every two years, I reread what has become one my favorite books of all time.
I just love stepping back into Middle-earth by way of Bag End, and joining Bilbo for another round of adventures with Gandalf, 13 dwarves, giant eagles, Elves, spiders, and a fire-breathing dragon named Smaug. And of course, this is also where Bilbo makes an important and precious find deep in the caves of the Misty Mountains.
At the beginning, Bilbo may seem like just a silly hobbit who loves his tea and cakes and comforts (very much like myself), always grumbling at the discomfort of adventures in general.
But, little by little we see our silly hobbit proving Gandalf right, that there is more to Bilbo and all it takes is a little danger to bring it out! It’s these moments when Bilbo finds himself in a tight corner that I enjoy most, when Bilbo experiences his little transformation from conservative, unadventurous hobbit to hero. All in all, it’s a great story of how extraordinary an ordinary individual can be — if he puts his mind to it, and with the help of a little luck!
For me, this year really is the Year of the Hobbit. On top of the 75th anniversary of the book, we will see the first of the three Hobbit films by Peter Jackson on the big screen! I am looking forward to seeing Martin Freeman as Bilbo, as well as Smaug, who will be portrayed in voice and movement by Benedict Cumberbatch. But, we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see the dragon.
I am hoping that the film will get people curious enough to read the book. It really is a great feeling to share the story with other people. Since reading it, I’ve gotten into the hobbit — I mean, habit — of picking up copies of the book; and before I knew it, I had a small hoard. Some copies are meant for lending to friends.
Happy 75th anniversary to The Hobbit! And happy Hobbit Day — Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday — on September 22! Treat yourself to a nice copy of The Hobbit (I myself have already picked up four!) and a wonderful second breakfast.
Meet Ian Roxas. She’s a TV producer behind several cooking and children’s shows. But as you may have already noticed, she’s a book-lover and a massive fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe. “I love reading fantasy and faerie tale retellings, mysteries, and young adult books with a lot of adventure in them,” says Ian. And what else keeps her busy in the real world? “I am a student of Nihongo. I love photographs and all kinds of music, but especially rock ‘n’ roll.” Tweet Ian: @iamhobbity
FREEBIES UP FOR GRABS!
Do you love The Hobbit as much as Ian does? We have a few tote bags, pins and movie posters for Tolkien fans in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the first publication of Bilbo’s adventures! Tell us anything – your experience with the book, why it resonates with you, why you think you deserve these awesome goodies! We might just make your wish come true.
- Type your answer into the comments section below
- You have until 6:00 pm on Wednesday September 19, 2012 to convince us that you’re the biggest Hobbit fan you know!
- Up for grabs: three (3) The Hobbit tote bags, three (3) The Hobbit movie posters, five (5) ‘Gandalf for President’ pins
- Winners must be willing to pick up the prizes from a Fully Booked branch