March 20, 2017

Prologue: Concerning Hobbits (Part 1)

Pages To Read:
FR.Prologue (start) – “counsels of the Wise and the Great” (~p.2)

Events:
– Tolkien introduces us to the Hobbits of the Shire: “in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk.”
– Background is given on the nature and habits of Hobbits, including their furry feet, 6 meals a day, short height, ability to move about unnoticed, and distant relations with “the Big Folk.”

Links to Other Content:
https://youtu.be/g3_2D_ErL_I?t=28s – Tolkien reading the Ring Poem, which is typically found before the table of contents. I’d recommend listening/reading to this before you begin the prologue.
http://bit.do/concerning-hobbits – Joe Gilronan’s ‘Concerning Hobbits.’ Features an enchanting look at the “well-ordered countryside” in which the Hobbits dwell, as well as a mysterious character in the foreground. Hint: he is one of the Wise whose counsels the Hobbits trouble.
http://bit.do/bagshot-row – (Featured) a beautiful collection of Hobbit-holes by norloth. The Hobbit-holes were introduced in The Hobbit, and Bagshot Row is yet to be mentioned, but with the information about hobbits, it is good to visualize how and where they live.

Trivia:
– The first character introduced is fittingly Bilbo, but the next characters mentioned are Bullroarer Took and his father Isumbras the Third, who are quite irrelevant to the main plot. This book is full of historical details such as this, which are integral to its concept and themes, so be ready.

Notes: The first two pages! A quick note about the page citation – today’s means to read from the start of the Prologue in Fellowship Of The Ring to the given quote. The page number after the quote refers to the approximate page number *of the chapter* so we don’t have to worry about different editions having different page numbers. More info about this can be found at the bottom of this page: https://lotrreadalong.wordpress.com/about/

Hope you all are as excited as I am to start reading! It’s a great little intro today, so enjoy.
~Tom

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