Happy 75th Birthday - Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin, Elrond, Gollum, Smug...
The Hobbit is 75 today. So I thought I do a quick blog about what The Hobbit has meant to me through my life.
I’m dyslexic so reading has always been difficult, The Hobbit was the one book that made me want to read on further despite it no being an easy endeavour, opening me up to reading other more difficult books. Its endearing characters and enchanting story seemed to transport me into middle earth. Through my adolescent years I was toally obsessed by it. The obsession was a good one, for instance, my, The Hobbit, illustrations helped me achieve A grade in A-level Graphics, and my painting of Gollum, an A grade in A-level Art.
Just as my Tolkien fascination was subsiding, along came Peter Jackson's, Lord of The Rings Trilogy. The un-filmable book crafted into three stunning movies, which instantly became my favourite trilogy of all time.
But Hollywood aside, its J R R Tolkien’s skills as an author (and illustrator) especially in world building,that make the stories so inspiring. His ability to weave together his love fairy tales, myth and folklore to make the intricate tapestry of Middle Earth. I'm certain if it hadn't been for reading the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings, I’d never have picked up a pen.
Tolkien’s inspiration for Middle Earth came from his children, The Hobbit; was born out of bedtime stories he told them, about a small man who lived in a hole. So how apt it is that on the 75 anniversary of The Hobbit’s publication, I’m in the midst of reading it to my Small People. They love it. Together we read a chapter and then use my Tolkien encyclopaedia to see what the characters and places look like, and see how far they've journeyed on the map.
So Happy Birthday to The Hobbit, & roll on December for the release of the movie!