I read this when I was off sick and dying a couple of weeks ago. I wasn’t sure that I would like it much since I have tried to read Lord Of The Rings a few times through the years and I just could not get into it, even though I loved the movies. I finally got through the entire Fellowship of the Rings and half way through The Two Towers and then I couldn’t get through the rest. I don’t know if I wasn’t in the mood for it or what. So I was surprised that I couldn’t put The Hobbit down. I think that I’ll give LOTR another chance now that I’ve gotten into The Hobbit.
First, I really liked the writing. I don’t remember LOTR being as beautifully written. The Hobbit was so beautiful the way the words were arranged into sentences:
- It was a hobbit hole; and that means comfort
- One morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green
- When loud came a ring at the bell again
- You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after
Then there were so many moments were I was surprised with the differences from the movies vs the book and also the little things that I learned from the book that wasn’t in the movies:
- book dwarves with their instruments, I don’t remember that being in the movie
- book Bilbo being forced to go by Gandalf vs movie Bilbo deciding on his own to go
- book Bilbo hiding in a tree, Gandalf saving them all vs movie Bilbo saving dwarves and being clever
- animosity of movie dwarves and elves are much greater in the movie vs the book
- the fact that even with the ring on, your shadow in the sunlight could give you away
- that hobbits have keen eyes – or maybe just Bilbo?
- Dragon spell – effects of dragon-talk on the inexperience
- small role of book Bard – no saving the dwarves, the thrush that brought him news on how to kill the dragon vs him spotting the weakness on his own
- book Master seemed less greedy and the village people seemed generally happier vs movie Master and his assistant and the unhappiness of the people. Though just as cowardly
- Beorn was in the final battle and more friendly than movie version
- Balin coming back to visit Bilbo with Gandalf
I also haven’t seen the extended version of Battle of Five Armies, so I don’t know if some of these things were in it. I also kept waiting for Legolas to show up in the novel but then he never does. And I know that he isn’t in the book because that was one of the things that book fans were upset about, but I was still hoping he would show up anyway. I’m sorry, but Orlando Bloom was only really good as Legolas. Nothing he has done after LOTR did anything for me. Plus other things like Gandalf being captured and saved by Galadriel, Elrond, and Saruman. When Saruman was still a good guy. And Radagast. My family friend told me that that was in other parts of Tolkien’s works? I’ll have to look into these other books. But I am glad that I saw the movie first before trying to read the book because it wasn’t ruined for me. Unlike with other movies where I read the book first and then the movie afterwards. You get attached to characters and scenes and lines that the author has created and then to have someone else come in and rip what you created in your head, it’s…traumatizing. Is that the right word?