- Posted: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 21:13:25 +0000
"In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit."
This sentence, casually penned onto the back of a school certificate while J.R.R. Tolkien worked in the late 1920s, can be seen as the line that started it all. From this one, almost non-noteworthy line came The Hobbit, which eventually lead the The Lord of the Ring; and interest in that book is the sole reason for the later publishing of The Silmarillion.
The story of The Hobbit: There And Back Again is that of Bilbo Baggins, the uncle to Frodo Baggins. Like all hobbits, Bilbo was content to living a peaceful, quiet life at home in the Shire; that is, until Gandalf the Grey inspired his Tookish blood, and sent the little guy on a quest to retrieve Dwarvish gold from the foul dragon, Smaug.
During the course of the tale, Bilbo happens entirely by chance upon a plain, golden ring. The consequences of this can be seen 77 years later, when the Dark Lord Sauron finally begins to move against the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.
Many of us will know how the story goes. The rest of us, hopefully, will be inspired to read the story.
Finally, it is note-worthy to mention that even though it was originally meant as a standalone story, completely unrelated to The Quenta Silmarillion, the pages of The Hobbit do tell of many prominent figures within Tolkien's mythology. Elrond, the lord of Rivendell features prominently in an early chapter. He speaks of the great Elvish kingdom of Gondolin, and of their wars against the Goblins. Originally, these names were only borrowed from the great mythology; and it is a good thing they were, for through these borrowed names was the link between The Hobbit to the tales of the First and Second Ages possible.
1. No flaming.
2. Stay on topic. This is a Hobbit thread, not a, "Hey, guys, I went to the mall!" thread.
3. Common sense. Use it, people.
4. That official threads like this one, on Gaia, need rules to keep the dumb away, makes me really sad.
"...he remained very happy to the end of his days, and those were exceptionally long."