I just started re-reading The Hobbit with a little group on Facebook. Partly because the comments drawn from the group are enlightening, partly in preparation for the premier in late Nov and release in Dec. If you havent checked out Peter Jackson’s video blog on the filming, it is a must see. Here are my notes from Chap 1. I am reading the updated version on my Nook with all the original art by Tolkien, well worth the $5 or so.
Just read Chap I. I find it interesting how terribly upset, how devastating to his world view the unexpected party is. But, where he is at in his personal story, “drop the cups and crack the plates, that’s what Bilbo Baggins Hates” is a significant emotional event. By the end of the story, after his many adventures of much more perilous kind, it will be as nothing.
So too with us, we get the adventure we can JUST handle…to prepare us for the deeper parts of the story to come.
Also, having not read this for some time and having traveled a bit, I notice my mind automatically translated the fact that when Tolkien describes him sitting by the fender, eating a biscuit because his appetite had left him to mean sitting by the hearth eating a cookie. As a kid, reading it, I would have imagined one of my grandmothers wonderful baking powder biscuits.