fileg (fileg) wrote,

reading: the hobbit

I've talked before about the fact that I've never warmed up to The Hobbit the way I've always been possessed by the trilogy (probably reading it after the trilogy contributed to my disappointment) But I've been trying to reread it for the last few years and I never get past the first chapter.

I certainly don't dislike it, so what's up with that? And there are lots of small moments I really need to renew in my brain. So, I decided to start again on Saturday night, and right away I hit the wall.

Aha -- last night I decided to pick up the paperback copy that came with the last "reading" set I bought, instead of taking the large hardcover annotated Hobbit to bed. Fell asleep with my nose in the spine just moments after Bilbo picked up the ring.

The annotations are interesting - too much so, apparently, for a geek like me. I don't know if it would have gotten better further on, but the beginning is so heavily annotated that I never picked up a narrative thread.

I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner, since I had a similar problem reading the histories - had to force myself to hold all the asides till the end of the chapters.

Anyway I am barreling along now (ha ha)
Tags: reading, tolkien

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