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Prologue-Chapter II
by taaroko (taaroko)
at December 27th, 2010 (11:09 am)
amused

current location: Hobbiton
current mood: amused

Okay, I'm not sure this will resemble anything like a proper discussion opener, but this is the first discussion opener for a discussion concerning books that I've attempted.

Hobbit word of the week: mathoms--objects with no practical use but which nevertheless tend to accumulate in houses. I, for one, will be incorporating this word into my vocabulary, as there are quite a few mathoms lying around my parents' house (and I'm sure I've got several in my dorm as well).

Prologue

So this seemed mainly to be the encyclopedia entry on hobbits. I loved it. I had forgotten a lot of this stuff, like that there are three types of hobbits: stoors, harfoots, and fallohides. (Which type do you think you'd be? My brother thinks he'd be a harfoot, but I think we'd more likely be fallohides, as we're blonde and eccentric.)

Chapter I

This was delightful. Hobbits are such endearingly ridiculous creatures. And Bilbo's antagonism with the Sackville-Bagginses is hilarious. Also, could Gandalf's fireworks be any more awesome? I think not. One thing I particularly appreciated was the emphasis on Bilbo and Frodo's friendship with Gandalf. In the movie, that isn't illustrated nearly as clearly, so that Frodo's reaction to Gandalf's fall in Moria seems like an overreaction, especially compared with how little grieved everyone else seems to be. But no, this is a very close and enduring friendship. Oh, and another excellent hobbitism: "filling in the corners". Which I certainly did at Christmas dinner.

Chapter II

This chapter was a bit slower and less light-hearted, but very significant. Apart from further proof of the strength and depth of Frodo and Gandalf's friendship, we got a great deal of backstory for the Ring and Sauron (my voice got very tired reading all of that in as close an approximation to Ian McKellen's voice as I could manage). The plot has certainly thickened. And now Sam is part of the story. I'm so used to the movies that I was surprised to find the friendships as they are here in the beginning of the book. Merry and Pippin are Frodo's best friends, but Sam is pretty much just his gardener, even if they are fond of each other. Also, I'm starting to get the impression that Tolkien wrote a rather livelier Frodo than Elijah Wood portrayed. Movie Frodo seemed to be mainly quiet and thoughtful, but without the same spirit he had in the books.

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Posted by: Avox in Arcadia (perpetual)
Posted at: December 29th, 2010 06:02 am (UTC)
River: my hero

I almost grabbed my copy of The Fellowship of the Ring to watch right away, but a marathon after the books would be better. We'll need something to fill the hole anyway. :)

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