In preparation for the viewing, I started rereading the book a few days ago. I have this great Book of Dragons that is illustrated by Michael Hague, my favorite illustrator. In it there is a snippet of the Smaug story (titled Bilbo Baggins and Smaug) and the piece of artwork with it is just brilliant. After I got into The Lord of the Rings, my mom went and found a beautiful version of The Hobbit that was illustrated by Michael Hague. His colors are so vibrant. So that is what I am reading right now. I just got through the part with the spiders.
As I started rereading, I noticed how many iconic lines are in the first four pages of the book alone. Besides the opening line, some of my favorites are…
This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins.
This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.
Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale.
“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
“Good morning!” he said at last. “We don’t want any adventures here, thank you!”
5 MORE DAYS!