Welcome to Another LOTR Read-Along! As you know, I'm adapting these posts from the course I'm teaching my niece for high school. The truth is, I'm actually using a lot of things from my first LOTR read-along to teach her, so if you compare these posts with those, you'll find a lot of similarities. But I think I've got almost entirely different people participating here from that original foray, so I'm assuming that won't be a problem :-)
Today, November 1, is also the beginning of Nanowrimo. I know a lot of people are participating in that, myself included. To make this read-along feasible for several of our participants, I am only planning to do two chapters a week until December. Then I'll up that to three a week until around Christmas, when it will dip again. After New Year's, we'll go back to three posts a week (give or take) until we've finished the trilogy. Hope that works for you!
If you've never done one of my read-alongs before, you might wonder how this works. I'll post about each individual chapter with my own thoughts and observations, as well as some things I've learned in other books. I'll always include my favorite lines and a question or two to get discussions going. You then respond in the comments with your own thoughts, discuss what I've said, and engage each other in conversation.
Ahhh, Hobbits. Aren't they delightful? I love how Tolkien speaks of them as if they're real, saying they "are becoming hard to find." Helps me slip into the fictive world so easily.
Please don't get scared away by all the place names and different breeds of Hobbits listed here. You don't need to remember them; I won't quiz you on them. Anything and anyone important will get brought up again later.
I don't know about you, but my house is full of mathoms, and I love the description here of them.
But in the days of Bilbo, and of Frodo his heir, they suddenly became, by no wish of their own, both important and renowned, and troubled the counsels of the Wise and the Great (p. 2).
...they were, perhaps, so unwearyingly fond of good things not least because they could, when put to it, do without them... (p. 5).
...they liked to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions (p. 7).
Do you usually read prologues and/or forewords? Did you find this one useful or enjoyable?