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The Hobbit
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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5 ⭐️s
A reread for me. The last time I read it I was in middle school. I was shocked at how much of my memory of it had been hijacked by the films. I‘m curious to see how much I misremember from the following trilogy. 😅 This will always be a very nostalgic story for me. I felt a profound connection to the young woman I was when I first read it and fell in love with Tolkien‘s world. ❤️
This was part of my February #Roll100

lil1inblue I love the last sentence of your review. It really resonated! 😍 2d
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @lil1inblue Aww, I‘m glad! It‘s crazy to think of what my life would be like without LOTR. It‘s such an integral part of who I am that I really think I‘d be a vastly different person without it. 1d
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1d
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Susanita
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I took Kili to the vet this morning for his checkup, and I had to settle a discussion about his name. The vet thought it must be short for Kilimanjaro, but the tech knew it was one of the dwarfs from The Hobbit. “You know, Kili and Fili, the hot ones.”

Soubhiville 😆 3w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 When I first took my now elderly cat Wally to the vet, the tech doing the intake thought it was WALL-E like the movie. 3w
AnnR 😂😂😂 3w
dabbe 🖤😂🐾 3w
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vonnie862
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dabbe 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Roary47 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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#Two4Tuesday

1. Yes! But not for a long time…I might have to rectify that soon. Blanket fort reading is always spectacular.

2. The tagged book because when I was little there was one winter when every weekend my mom would read a chapter of The Hobbit to my sisters & I. She read from the illustrated edition (based on the animated movie), almost always in front of the fire, & it was perfect. One of my most vivid childhood memories.

@TheSpineView

Jari-chan What a wonderful memory ❤️ 4mo
TheSpineView Blanket fort are a wonderful reading spot! Thanks for playing! 4mo
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shortsarahrose
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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Late lunch #CoffeeAndABook - pumpkin cold brew and breakfast melt sandwich plus more Hobbit after (nearly) completing my Christmas shopping 🛍️ 🎄

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shortsarahrose
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“Now they all pushed together, and slowly a part of the rock-wall gave way. Long straight cracks appeared and widened. A door five feet high and three broad was outlined, and slowly without a sound swung inwards.”

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shortsarahrose
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“The only person thoroughly unhappy was Bilbo.”

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shortsarahrose
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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Left work a little early, so I could have lunchtime #CoffeeAndABook before my therapy appointment - cold brew (it‘s warm out! over 50 degrees! 😆) and a caprese egg sandwich while Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves try to get out of yet another dangerous situation

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shortsarahrose
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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Actually starting this reread today! Time for #coffeeandabook - mocha with an extra shot and an egg and cheddar biscuit 📖 ☕️ 😋

BrandedKristen What a perfect Sunday. 4mo
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shortsarahrose
The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again | John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
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Just waiting to meet up with my mom. Might as well start my re-read of The Hobbit with my iced white mocha (with raspberry cold foam and an extra shot) while I wait #coffeeandabook

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Gissy
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I DNF these books in the past but after many moons, I enjoyed it. I‘m so glad I gave it another chance. There are so many psychological aspects in this story. The audiobook is amazing. 4 ⭐️
I‘m not officially in the group but I read it because of #FellowshipOfTolkien group @JazzFeathers It gave me an opportunity to read this series. I hope I can read the 2nd book next month.

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ravenlee
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I‘m so excited to read this with kiddo! We started this morning and she already likes hobbits because I‘ve told her about their meal schedule. She approves.

dabbe Adorable. 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly Wonderful! 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

Happy Hobbit Day everyone!

It's been a very busy day and only now, almost at midnight, l manage to post, but l didn't want to miss this!

I'm sorry l didn't post for the #HoobitWeek here as l intended. I did on Instagram, though.
You can read my posts here, if you want 😁

https://www.instagram.com/middleearthliteraygazette/

wisherwishinguponastar I dropped the ball. The second half of my week was not conducive to posting or reading, but I am glad that you made it through. I hope you had a lovely second breakfast at some point. 5mo
JazzFeathers It was hard. It's being very busy, but l really wanted to do this. There have been years where l did aot of Tolkien activities. I want to go back to at least doing a part of it 😜 5mo
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literarymermaid
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Anyone else prepping for Hobbit Day!

I saw it on Pinterest and decided this was the holiday I needed. Banana bread for first breakfast in the morning.

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Robotswithpersonality
The Hobbit | J. R. R. Tolkien
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Mehso-so

This will likely not find favour with Tolkien fans, but if I were to rank the three interrelated pieces of media, the original novel, the films made from this material and the fanfic made as a result of the films, my rating would go: 1) fanfic, 2) films, 3) novel. 1/?

Robotswithpersonality 2/? While a good deal of this rating is based on my being a Bagginshield shipper, the fanfic tends to do the best job of filling out pieces where readers or viewers may have wanted to see more detail.
And of course, the wealth of fix-it fic where Thorin doesn't fucking die!
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Robotswithpersonality 3/? Most will find this an unfair assessment of the original work, as there really isn't enough in the original text to infer a romantic relationship between Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield, it's not the point of that story. The subtext is present in the films chiefly because of the performance of the actors, even more so than the script, and fans just ran with it to expand on canon and fulfill the suggestion. It's not just this romance that flourishes in fanfic, though, you get all kinds of more complex windows into other characters and side ventures, that, while up to the transformative author's interpretation, enriches the world that Tolkien built. 5mo
Robotswithpersonality 4/? The message at the heart of The Hobbit is present in the films and the better fanfic, though the fic I favour does its best to show that characters learn the lesson without the same tragedy. It's why I don't find myself spending much time with Tolkien-related media outside the fix-it realm. He had good reason for telling the stories he did, but they're all so goddamn sad. 5mo
Robotswithpersonality 5/5 And I can say with confidence now, having run back through his four most well known books, this ventures a little further into the high fantasy, and a narrative style that I don't love. I doubt I'll be investigating other works by this author. To each their own. 🤷🏼‍♂️

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Larkken
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I‘m woefully behind on #FellowshipofTolkien 😅
I found myself unable to read The Hobbit without having it be in my mom‘s voice, and that just wasn‘t working. So I remembered folks talking about Serkis‘ audiobook narration and finally went for it on audible - it‘s great! Total palate cleanser and a wonderful listen while enjoying my coffee with my dog leaning on my feet, watching the early fall rain. Thanks!

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Has the person writing the captions for collection containers been reading some baggenshield fanfic?

julesG 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
BarbaraJean 😂 5mo
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JazzFeathers
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

This is happening on Instagram, but maybe we can play along too 😜

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HeatherBlue
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Trying to read…but someone keeps putting her back foot on my head 😂
#catsoflitsy

TheSpineView So cute! 5mo
ravenlee I can‘t tell from her expression if she‘s annoyed you‘re there at all or just that you keep moving. 😻 What‘s her name? 5mo
dabbe Too adorable! 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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HeatherBlue @ravenlee Talia 😺 and she‘s probably annoyed that I moved 😂 @TheSpineView and @dabbe Thanks!! 🥰 she certainly gets away with a lot on account of her cuteness 😆 5mo
ravenlee She‘s beautiful. I bet she trades on that a lot! 5mo
HeatherBlue @ravenlee oh she totally does 🙄🤣 5mo
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Roary47
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I didn‘t finish much this month 😔 but it was good for how much has been on my plate. My rereads were my only 5 stars (with crowns) so hoping for a better September.

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Doppoetry
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Old Instagram post but I do love my fantasy shelf.

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Dilara
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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And finally, Smaug on an Aubusson tapestry.

Bookwomble All these tapestries are great, but, Wow! Smaug really is incredible! 😍🐉 6mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 6mo
Dilara @Bookwomble It is, isn't it! It is so bright and finely-woven it looks like digital art... 6mo
SamAnne Wow. Thanks for sharing all these gorgeous tapestries. 6mo
Dilara @SamAnne You're welcome! 😁 6mo
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Chrys
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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As promised, the other side of my Lego set, the Unexpected Party. I enjoyed this reread, though I was not very good at posting, apologies for that. One thing that made this one extra fun for me is my son, who is 20 & has a reading disability so doesn‘t usually read novels. We are currently training to walk a 1/2 marathon so go on training walks several nights a week. Each evening I tell him what has happened in the book since last time & we ⬇️

Chrys Discuss the events, character development, and what he thought would happen. He was not very familiar with the story before this, and has not seen the movies. So thank you for hosting this, it has led to fun conversations while walking trails through the woods #LOTRchapteraday (edited) 6mo
dabbe Your story just gave me goosebumps. 💙🖤🩵 6mo
hannah-leeloo Love this! 6mo
JazzFeathers This is so beautiful 😍 6mo
Daisey This is great! 6mo
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IndoorDame
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@Daisey @JazzFeathers Thank you for leading us on this nostalgia filled adventure with Bilbo and his friends! I had a blast following their travels with the group and I‘m really excited to continue the adventure. I‘ve read the beginning, but not the end of the trilogy, so I can‘t wait to see what happens in the parts that are completely new to me! #LotRChapterADay
#FellowshipOfTolkien

Daisey So glad you enjoyed it and are planning to continue with us! 6mo
JazzFeathers So happy you enjoyed the journey so far (it was truly a blast!) and exited to go on with all of you! 6mo
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BookwormAHN
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This is my favorite version of The Hobbit. Andy Sekis is a brilliant narrator, and he makes the riddle game just so much more fantastic.
I'm so glad we restarted this. I love these rereads 💚 Thanks for hosting @JazzFeathers @Daisey
@FellowshipOfTolkien #LoTRChapterADay
#WickedWords #trolls @AsYouWish

AnnR Last year I listened to the entire LOTR series on audio, with Serkis narrating. I agree; He is amazing!!! 6mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
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Daisey I listened to quite a bit of his live reading of The Hobbit before he officially recorded them, and it was fantastic. Sometime I will have to listen to all his versions. 6mo
Andrew65 Sound an excellent choice for an audiobook. Well done 👏👏👏 6mo
JazzFeathers I'm so envious! I need to get all of his audiobooks. I've come across a snippet from the Silmarillion the other day and he gave me goosebumps! @Daisey 6mo
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JazzFeathers
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

Pictures are back!!!! 🤩

Sorry for the late post. I finished The Hobbit a couple of days ago and loved it as always. But still more, l loved my travel mates. This has been a fantastic read, with beautiful pics and comment and such a lively group of readers.

I want to thank everyone who took part, and for those that will go on with The Lord of the Rings l say: let's do it again!!!!!! 💪😁

BethM I can‘t wait for the next book! 6mo
BookwormAHN So enjoying it 💚 6mo
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Roary47 I‘m loving our reading group too! It‘s making it even more fun. 🥰 6mo
mabell Such fun to read as a group! And I really appreciated your and @Daisey ‘s insights! 6mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m looking forward to the trilogy too, I have my companion books for that one ready to go too. 6mo
Roary47 Yay! Thank you for the reminder! 😍🥰 6mo
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IndoorDame
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Hoping to finish up the last few chapters today so I‘ll be all set to start The Fellowship on time this weekend. #InvolvesDragon #BookBinge @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs 💚🐉🌳 6mo
Roary47 That‘s a pretty copy. 😍 6mo
IndoorDame @Roary47 thanks! I picked it up for this read since my black paperback edition seems to have walked away in one of my last half dozen moves 6mo
dabbe @IndoorDame I hate when books do that. #thesebooksaremadeforwalking 🤣 6mo
IndoorDame @dabbe 🤣🤣🤣🤣 6mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Still loved, even after many reads now…and this ending has always struck me as quite a great one.

Little did even the author know just how much this past episode would weave into a bigger trilogy to come, and the part of prophecy here… oh so very important to the future of that world, in ways the author hadn‘t yet quite even dreamed of. 😉. Without those, the wider world would not have faired quite so well. “Roads go ever ever on” indeed!

JazzFeathers So very true. Indeed, I appreciate The hobbit more every time I read it. On the surface, it's a fun, easy read, but there's so much more hidden under the surface. It's a surprising read. 6mo
BookwormAHN @JazzFeathers So do I 😺 6mo
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JazzFeathers
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Daisey Wonderful posts for each chapter of the book! I loved how you used the same format and found artwork for each. 6mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey l deliberately chose not to use pictures from the movies, even if sometimes is really not easy. Middle-earth is such a diverse universe, l love to show it off. 6mo
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JazzFeathers
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

This would be a transition chapter if not for Thirin's death.
Tolkien originally planned to let him live and really become King Under the Mountain. In a way, l wish he had. But l understand why he didn't.

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JazzFeathers
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

I'm always in awe of Tolkien's ability to describe battles without losing the sense of what they mean for the individual.

I also love Thorin's descent into battle.
Just epic!

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JazzFeathers
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

Always love this chapter every time l read it.
It's the core of Tolkien's philosophy of the common sense of the people that so often become courage and even bravery.

I also like the mix of 'right' and 'wrong', which also is at the core of Tolkien's philosophy. Sometimes an apparently wrong thing is the only tight thing to do.

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JazzFeathers
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

And here, Tolkien starts again to mix epic fantasy (think the parlay between Bard and Thorin) and lighter matter (Bilbo's considerations on the matter) with his usual mastery.

I can see how this part of story can be read at many different levels, because l too once only saw the surface.

mabell That was really my big takeaway/revelation on reading this - how many types of readers can enjoy it. Surface readers (like me) and those who appreciate the deeper story and complexities will be equally satisfied. 😊 6mo
Daisey @mabell As I read more and reread Tolkien, I appreciate the layers of his writing so much. It means I get something from it every time that I read it. 6mo
JazzFeathers @mabell That's very true. And as @Daisey said, every time we read it, we discover something new because our understanding has enlarged with every read. I remember a time when I thought The Hobbit was cute. I now see so many interconnection with Tolkien's larger work and with his larger themes and inspirations. 6mo
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JazzFeathers
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

This is true epic fantasy. It is not a children's story. This is really, genuinely epic.
And love it!

The way the dragon attacks Esgaroth is almost cinematic. Even after reading it so many times, it still takes my breath away. And l love that passage describing the spot where the dragon fell and his bones were never disturbed.

Pure epic!

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JazzFeathers
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#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipOfTolkien

Despite being a quiet chapter, l really liked it. The Arkenstone makes its appearance and in the economy of The Hobbit, it's even more important than the ring.
And Bilbo is really coming into his own... Though we also know he's acting guided by a superior will.

It's more of a complex chapter than it may look.

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wordslinger42
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What a delightful reread of this marvelous adventure! So happy to have shared it with my #FellowshipofTolkien friends 💚📚

#LotRChapterADay

I can't wait to start Fellowship next week!

TiredLibrarian What a beautiful edition! 7mo
BethM Great bookmark! 7mo
Purpleness I love the ents! 7mo
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JazzFeathers Oh no!!! I have had my eyes on that edition for the longest time 😱 But someone told me is written very small and it's hard to read, that's why I haven't gotten it yet. What say @wordslinger42? 😏 6mo
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I have the box set with The Hobbit & LotR in this style, and I don't regret it one bit! Yes, the print is smaller, but as long as I have good light, I don't personally find it difficult to read. But that's just me! I say get it. At the very least, it's pretty to look at 😂 6mo
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Roary47
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5✨ Bilbo is a hobbit who enjoys sitting at home, eating, and the peace of the every day. That is until he meets Gandalf the wizard, who introduces him to dwarves that are on a mission to get their lost treasure from a dragon! Bilbo honestly doesn‘t know how he got roped into this adventure, but he discovers hidden strength as the journey progresses.

Roary47 #FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapterADay @JazzFeathers @Daisey I‘m so glad I finally officially got to read this. I want to say I did read it once before, but it was so long ago. In the last two chapters I also was excited to get to my armchair after a long week of school. The humor in that last chapter! 😂 7mo
Daisey So glad you enjoyed it with us! 7mo
BethM I‘ve read it once before but this felt like the first time again! 7mo
JazzFeathers So happy you enjoyed the experience 😁 I don't even know how many time I've read The Hobbit, but every time is a new experience. And this readalong i sone of the best I've done 😍 6mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
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This was a fun reread! I‘d forgotten a lot of it, especially from after the riddle chapter. Thorough gets to be kind of a jerk after they find the hoard! I really liked the message of the dragon‘s gold making people nasty and greedy—if all you‘re focused on is money, you‘re unpleasant to the people around you. Whereas Bilbo manages to give up his bit of the hoard and makes some progress toward peace… and still ends up with plenty of treasure.

RaeLovesToRead I read The Hobbit when I was about 6 and when I read the Graphic novel version as an adult, I was like whuuuuuuut because I didn't remember any of the stuff that happened after they got the treasure... 😅😅 7mo
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mabell
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“You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!"

Bilbo is a fine person, and he should be quite proud of his bravery and resourcefulness! He went through quite terrifying adventures, yet never deserted his friends, and all without a pocket handkerchief!

Thank you so much @Daisey and @JazzFeathers for hosting the #LotRChapterADay readalong!

Daisey Another great image and quote to finish out the book! 7mo
mabell @Daisey ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
JazzFeathers Thank you for taking part! It's been a fantastic reread with all your images and comments. I read elsewhere you won't be able to go on with the readalong, but I hope to read your comments on the way 😁 6mo
mabell @JazzFeathers Thank you so much! ❤️ I‘ll read along vicariously 😄 6mo
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JazzFeathers
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I always, always enjoy Smauh's chapters, especially his conversation with Bilbo. But then, l always enjoy Tolkien's dragons. Such fascinating character. I wish Tolkien had written more about them.

I smiled at the passage where Bilbo reflects that catching a dragon napping and slaying him in his sleep is harder than one think, because that was Tolkien's original idea for the end of the book. Self criticism 😂

mabell Ha, love that bit of inside info! 7mo
BethM @JazzFeathers @Daisey could we add #readingschedule on the posts with the schedules? I can‘t find when we start the next book bc it‘s buried too deep 😂 @5feet.of.fury that might be a good idea for #readingwesteros too! 7mo
Daisey @BethM Yes! That a a great idea. We plan to start Fellowship Sunday the 13th, and I‘m working on getting a daily schedule posted this week. (edited) 7mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey @BethM Perfect! 😄 6mo
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dabbe
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It's been decades since I read this book for the first time, and I enjoyed this second read just as much. I forgot how much the 2nd-person POV was used, and it worked exquisitely; I felt like I was a kid being told this tale by Tolkien himself. One of the best hero's quests ever written because what Bilbo seeks (the dwarves' gold) is no more a symbol of what he really finds: himself and how brave he truly is. Thanks #LotRChapteraDay for the ride.

Daisey So glad you joined us and enjoyed it! 7mo
dabbe @Daisey Thanks for your daily posts; they were a joy to read! 💙🖤🩵 7mo
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dabbe @BookHoarder32 I wish I could say I did it! 💙🖤🩵 7mo
JazzFeathers Fantastic review! I love how the narrator speaks to us too. It's cosy and friendly. 6mo
dabbe @JazzFeathers It really is! I felt like it was a “dark and stormy night“, and I was sitting around a cozy campfire being told this story. Thanks for the journey! Can't wait to continue on! 💙🖤🩵 6mo
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Daisey
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In the final chapter, Bilbo comes full circle back to home with all he has learned.

“Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.”

I have absolutely loved this reread with all of you and seeing all the quotes and commentary along the way. 💕 I look forward to more posts and discussion as everyone finishes the book.

#FellowshipOfTolkien #LotRChapterADay #reread

mabell I have enjoyed this long overdue reread so much, thank you! 7mo
wordslinger42 I've loved it so much, too! Finishing up the last few chapters today 😊 7mo
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dabbe It's been a long time since I went with Bilbo on this journey. Very grateful to share it with all of you. 🩵🖤💙 7mo
Vansa I have hugely enjoyed this. I feel I never really appreciated enough the beautifully done character development,of so many characters,as the book progresses.Bilbo even turns diplomat by the end of the book!This has been so much fun to do! So looking forward to continuing this! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I still have a couple chapters left, but I am so enjoying this reread!! 7mo
BethM I agree with @dabbe and @Vansa this has been great. 7mo
JazzFeathers I've reread The Hobbit so many times since we first started the group in 2017, but this was one of the best reads l ever had. Can't wait to go on! 6mo
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mabell
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I love how Thorin went from:

"You are not making a very splendid figure as King under the Mountain,'” said Gandalf.
"But things may change yet."

To:

Out leapt the King under the Mountain, and his companions followed him. … In the gloom the great dwarf gleamed like gold in a dying fire. … "To me! To me! Elves and Men! To me! O my kinsfolk!" he cried, and his voice shook like a horn in the valley.

#LotRChapterADay #FellowshipofTolkien

Daisey It is quite a transition, and all it took was finding a common enemy. 7mo
JazzFeathers I love Thorin's character arc so much. He's such a complex character. But then, my fellow #FellowshipOfTolkien companions know my soft spot for Dwarves 😂 6mo
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BarbaraJean
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“There is more of good in you than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

This is my favorite quote from The Hobbit. Such a wonderful understanding & recognition of Bilbo & his role in this adventure. And then the next sentence where he weeps until his eyes are red—😭

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Daisey It is such a good quote! I had forgotten exactly when it was said, though, which makes it more bittersweet. 7mo
BarbaraJean @Daisey I had forgotten the context as well! I kind of thought it was Gandalf who said it. The valuing “food and cheer and song above hoarded gold“ feels very different coming from Thorin, at this point in the story. 7mo
JazzFeathers That's the quintessence of hobbitry. Probably one if the first time Tolkien expressed it. 6mo
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BethM
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Cupcake12 Love this and so true! 7mo
Daisey Yes, if only it had not taken Thorin so long to realize it. I had forgotten the context around the quote. 7mo
JazzFeathers @Daisey @Cupcake12 In the first version, Tolkien did save Thorin who became King Under the Mountain. When l first read it l though, such a pity he changed his mind, l would have loved that Thorin survived. But then l realised that Thorin is such a great, even tragic character dispute all the fun the narrator makes if him, precisely because he didn't survive. 6mo
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BarbaraJean
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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“I have heard songs of many battles, and I have always understood that defeat may be glorious. It seems very uncomfortable, not to say distressing. I wish I was well out of it.”

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JazzFeathers This is so much WWI. Tolkien's war experience filtres through in do many places of The Hobbit. It took me so much time to realise it. 6mo
BarbaraJean @JazzFeathers Yes, I didn't remember this passage from previous readings, and it struck me as reflective of Tolkien's WWI experience as well. Merry and Pippin's experiences of war in the LOTR series feel similar, but I didn't remember seeing it in The Hobbit before! 6mo
JazzFeathers @BarbaraJean It was a surprise for me too. But after starting researching WWI (for reasons unrelated to Tolkien, though then it arked back to it) l started so many little references to it even in The Hobbit. 6mo
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Roary47
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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I caught up two chapters tonight: A Thief in the Night and The Clouds burst. In the first I‘m surprised with Bilbo for basically lying and going behind his companions back. Gandalf is back! Just in the Nick of time too! 😍 #FellowshipofTolkien #LotRChapteraDay @Daisey @JazzFeathers #CatsofLitsy

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 7mo
Daisey The whole way he never mentions the Arkenstone is a bit tough, but he also realizes Thorin is not rational about it. (edited) 7mo
dabbe Hello, sweet kitty! 🖤🐾🖤 7mo
JazzFeathers What's right and what's wrong? That's to the core of Tolkien's philosophy. And I'm puzzled that so often it is said that there is a stark division between good and evil in Tolkien's work, because l find the exact opposite to be true: the relationship between Good and Evil is very complex and misty. And Bilbo's behaviour in this chapter is a perfect example. 6mo
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Fortifiedbybooks
The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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"Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to... Oh, how I love a good, boring Hobbit day full of nothing much. They are so few and far between. #FellowshipOfTolkien