The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit is a story of Bilbo Baggins, a well-to-do hobbit living in the comforts of his hole in The Hill and at the same time showered with great respect among the neighborhood not only because he comes from a rich ancestry but because his family from the Bagginses side never had any adventure until one curious day that will change his life forever – losing his neighbors respect but gaining more than what he had lost material or non material.

A prelude to the Lord of Rings Trilogy, Bilbo Baggins adventure, aided by The Ring he had inadvertently seized from Gollum, will make him discover a skill that he has never known he is capable of – burglary.

But what is a hobbit?

“They are (or were) a little people about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves. Hobbits have no beards they have little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off.”

Who is Bilbo Baggins then?

“The mother of this hobbit – Bilbo Baggins, that is – was the famous Belladonna Took – one of the three remarkable daughters of the Old Took, head of the hobbits who lived across The Water… It was often said that long ago one of the Took ancestors must have taken a fairy wife. That was of course, absurd, but certainly there was still something not entirely hobbitlike about them, and once in a while members of the Took-clan would go and have adventures. They discreetly disappeared, and the family hushed it up; but the fact remained that the Tooks were not as respectable as the Bagginses, though they were undoubtedly richer.

Not that Belladonna Took ever had any adventures after she became Mrs Bungo Baggins. Bungo, that was Bilbo’s father, built the most luxurious hobbit-hole for her (and partly with her money) that was to be found either under The Hill or over The Hill or across The Water, and there they remained to the end of their days. Still it is probable that Bilbo her only son, although he looked and behaved exactly like a second edition of his solid and comfortable father, got something a bit queer in his make-up from the Took side, something that only waited for a chance to come out. The chance never arrived, until Bilbo Baggins was grown up, being about fifty years old or so, and living in the beautiful hobbit-hole built by his father…”

Til up here. I don’t want to spoil the upcoming movie on December 2012, yes, 2012, ‘the end of the world’ as prophesized but I guess it will have to be postponed. The film will be starred by Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Andy Serkis as Gollum and directed by Peter Jackson.

Click here for the official site The Hobbit Movie.

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