Monday, November 12, 2012

The Hobbit

Book menu for The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

ISBN of edition  I read: 0395071224 (hardcover)

I just reread The Hobbit since the long-awaited film adaptation is coming soon. What a wonderful story!  The first time I "read" this book I listened to the audio book version, narrated by Rob Inglis. He also narrated all three of the Lord of the Rings books.  They are my favorite audio book recordings to date. For me, the best passage of The Hobbit is when Thorin (on his death bed) says to Bilbo: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.".  Amen!

Food mentioned in The Hobbit:
Cake, 15-17
     Seed-cake, 16, 18
Beer, 16
     Ale, 17
     Porter, 17
Coffee, 17-18
Scones, 18
Red wine, 18
Apple tart, 18
Mince pie, 18
Pork pie, 18
Cold chicken and pickles, 19
Eggs and ham, 31
Bacon and eggs, 65
Mead, 112, 114
Bread with butter, honey and clotted cream, 114
Nuts, 116
Dried fruit, 116
Twice-baked cakes, 116
Apples, 166
Cram, 207, 220, 225

Discussion questions for The Hobbit:
Why does Bilbo finally agree to join Gandalf and the dwarves on their adventure?
Provide examples of humor throughout the story.
Describe the tone of the story.
What lessons does Bilbo learn during his journey? What lessons does Thorin learn?
Find examples where the narrator directly addresses the reader.

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