March 24, 2017

Prologue: Of the Finding of the Ring

Pages To Read:
FR.Pro โ€œOf the Finding of the Ringโ€ (~p.11) – โ€œAt this point this History begins.โ€ (~p.14)

– A short synopsis of The Hobbit is given, with focus on the finding of the ring.

– We finally learn the name of the great wizard: Gandalf! He’s back from The Hobbit, as you may have guessed. He’s got a lot to do this time around, so be ready for some awesome wizarding pretty soon.
– Part of the necessity of this section was to explain revisions to The Hobbit. The first edition of The Hobbit was published with the version of the story that Bilbo “told to the dwarves”, the one that Gandalf did not believe. However, as Tolkien was writing LOTR he realized that Gollum should be more sinister and the Ring was more important, so the chapter was rewritten. Subsequent editions featured the ‘Riddles In The Dark’ that we all know and love. In 1954, though, this would have been confusing so this little section of the prologue explains it all.

Gandalf comes to Hobbiton to take Bilbo on an adventure, by ullakko
– (Featured) Bilbo finds Gollum’s lake, by Oikeus

Notes: Definitely read this section even if you remember the chapter from The Hobbit, because there’s a lot of focus on the ‘luck’ aspect here. The whole concept of luck/fate will be crucial to the plot of LOTR and the whole conception of Middle Earth. ~Tom


3 thoughts on “March 24, 2017

  1. Thanks so much for this readalong! It’s the perfect reason to reread the novel! ๐Ÿ˜€ And with the additional artwork to look at each day, it’s wonderful!
    I’ll always look at the artwork first, then read the indicated part (with maps close by), and only then read the given “events” and “trivia”. Although I’ve more or less know what’s coming up, it still feels like spoilers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I am following this readalong with a paperback Ballantine edition published in 2001. It fits well with the one you are using and I particularly liked the introduction by screenwriter and novelist Peter S. Beagle. At the end of the introduction he says that Tolkien “is a great enough magician to tap our most common nightmares, daydreams and twilight fancies, but never invented them: he found a place to live, a green alternative to each day’s madness here in a poisoned world. We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers – thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.” Here is a link with the full text in English, and an interview with Peter in English too although the rest of the article is in Slovene .


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