On second thought, I must have some dwarf, several ounces, undoubtedly, in my linage. That's where the hotheadedness, grit, and courage come from. (ahem) Well, at least it explains why Bilbo calls, "watch your head!" when I come through his door. Because, with all my lack-of-height, Bilbo only comes to my elbow. Anyhow, I'm not at all like my friend in timidness--fine, I'm not as brave as most dwarves, and I'd DIE before taking on a swarm of giant spiders. . .but I do love adventure. And I can be very stubborn. But then, so can Bilbo.
He has his faults, of course. But the stuck-in-his-ways, selfish, sometimes cranky, chronic worrying and complaining, bumbling and bustling parts of him are what make Bilbo most endearing. Because under all the fuss, as we soon found out, there is a hobbit who will never abandon his friends, who thrives on peace and beauty, is resourceful, kind-hearted, and ultimately an excellent burglar.
So yeah. I finished The Hobbit. And I loved it with more than words can express. Somehow Middle Earth, on my short trip there, is more real to me even than Narnia. Narnia is the imagination, a bit like Neverland--but Middle Earth is REAL. Full of real people, real places, and real events. JRR Tolkien sweeps you into his mind and the hearts of his characters through a simple sort of imagery--every bend in the road, the smallest pebble--all described as if he were really there--saw the multitude, heard the clash of weapons in the Battle of Five Armies, flew above the earth in an eagle's talons, smelled the dragons breath, touched the boundless treasure trove in the root of the mountain. It's all written in such a human, simplistic way--the talent of a true genius, who, like CS Lewis, understood people and how they feel.
After a recent discussion I've decided Kili and Fili just shouldn't be attractive; Bilbo says he never thought they were, but, well, you have to expect that sort of thing from Hollywood. (otherwise, he's pleased with the looks of the movie.) Though we seriously believe the charm of the dwarves lie in their capes; colorful hoods and all. Bilbo is considering writing to Peter Jackson and complaining, but I advised him against it. Also, we can't quite come to terms on the goblins--to me they resemble miniature Gollums (Bilbo thinks I should get my eyes checked.)
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 in 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.
The Hobbit: beautifully written, edge-of-seat adventure, fantastic characters, good lessons = 10 star rating.
"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!"