The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 7: Queer Lodgings

In which we are introduced to a rather alarming character named Beorn. The name Beorn is actually an Old English word for “man” or “warrior” but it originally meant “bear.” Beorn, the next helper that Bilbo and the dwarves find, is a man/bear. Gandalf calls hims a “skin-changer.” “At any rate he is under no… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 7: Queer Lodgings

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire

Bilbo had escaped the goblins, but he did not know where he was. He had lost hood, cloak, food, pony, his buttons and his friends. Into the fire, indeed. Bilbo and the dwarves bounce from one fix to the next, each a little more perilous than the one before. In this chapter, they have escaped… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark

Chapter 1, An Unexpected Party Chapter 2, Roast Mutton. Chapter 3, A Short Rest. Chapter 4, Over Hill and Under Hill. What’s your favorite riddle? Do you ever tell riddles in your family? Can you answer the riddles in this post? In chapter five of The Hobbit, we are introduced to the creature Gollum, a… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill

Chapter 1, An Unexpected Party Chapter 2, Roast Mutton. Chapter 3, A Short Rest. We were surprised to start out chapter four with a “thunder-battle” and “stone-giants”, both of which are entities not encountered in LOTR. Z-baby asked what stone giants were, to which I replied that my annotations indicate that “it seems probable that… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 3: A Short Rest

Chapter 1, An Unexpected Party Chapter 2, Roast Mutton. In chapter three, Bilbo and the dwarves and Gandalf have a brief respite in Elrond’s country, the Last Homely House west of the Mountains, or Rivendell. “Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 3: A Short Rest

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 2: Roast Mutton

Chapter 1, An Unexpected Party In a 1977 speech to the Tolkien Society in England, Tolkien’s second son, Michael, said that as children, he, his two brothers, and his sister had each, at some point in their development, thought that the Troll chapter was the best chapter in the book. He continued, “We thought there… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 2: Roast Mutton

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 1, An Unexpected Party

We’re reading The Hobbit in May, aloud to Z-baby, and Betsy-Bee is reading it to herself. I thought I’d blog about our journey from the Shire to the Lonely Mountain and home again along with Bilbo and the twelve dwarves and Gandalf the Wizard. I found a few old favorite quotations as we read the… Read more: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, chapter 1, An Unexpected Party

Sunday Salon: Happy Hobbit Day

Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In the books by JRR Tolkien, both Bilbo and Frodo celebrated their birthdays on September 22, but they were born in different years. Bilbo was born in the year 2890 and Frodo in the year 2968 in the Third Age. Hobbit Day is… Read more: Sunday Salon: Happy Hobbit Day

The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett

Published in 1937, The Family From One End Street and Some of Their Adventures by author/illustrator Eve Garnett broke new ground by detailing the joys and sometimes misadventures of a large working class British family. “Mrs. Ruggles was a Washerwoman and her husband was a Dustman.” (A dustman for us Americans who don’t collect “dust”… Read more: The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett

New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Awards

In 1937 two awards of $250 each were established by the New York Herald-Tribune for the best books for younger children and for older children published between January and June. In 1941 the system of awards was revised. Three awards, of $200.00 each, were given to the best books in the following three classes: young… Read more: New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Awards