I finally finished reading a two part boxed edition of The Hobbit and it is an enduring tale, one every child should read or hear from their parents. Its a book i wish i had read when i was 10-14 but i was busy with Hardy Boys and Harry Potter. But its never too late and i am glad i finally got to read it.
Its quite a simple tale about a the heroics of Bilbo Baggins (A Hobbit), his Dwarf friends and his friendship with Gandalf the Wizard. Its an Adventure set in Middle Earth, a time of magic and wonder. Tolkien created Middle Earth & the way he portrays it, makes me want to settle there permanently, leaving behind this current earth we live in. It is a beautiful place where nature takes prominence over everything and people seem to enjoy its wonders.
Bilbo’s adventure with the Dwarves and Gandalf highlights the importance of Friendship, Honesty, Risk taking and believing in yourself. It is very inspirational for kids and adults alike. This is the first book i read after my Grandfather’s death and it has helped me immensely to de – stress and not take life too seriously. It was such a relaxing book, it made me happy and it made me sing out loud the songs and poems in the book.
My two absolute favorite poems are the first and the last ones. The first one being ‘Misty Mountains Cold’. This is the original version from the book, the song in Peter Jackson’s movie is also quite wonderfully sung by Neil Finn.
The second poem is at the end of the book in the final chapter and summarizes Bilbo’s thoughts on his journey precisely –
Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains of the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known
I am sure i will read this as a bed time story for my kid(s) in the future. This was a very special book and got me through a rough time. Its full of positivity, humor and adventures. It reminds me of my friends and reminds me to follow me heart and to not worry as there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I was 10 years late to read it but better late than never.