Thread: still the best.....
...but I loved the Harry potter movie just cos it was so corny and nice. Not too taxing and just what you need when you're feeling down.
Now my next mission, if I've spare $$ for the Silma - then we'll get the whole picture.
But still it cannot be compared with TLotR - it is a work of another level!
I like the Hobbit because it is like a fairy tale, its linear, you don't have to know anything else about the world in which it takes place.
Of course for the opposite reason I like LOTR because you can delve into Middle Earth's history.
I usually start over with The Hobbit, but think next time I will jump into the middle of The Silmarilion and read about Nemenor.
What makes books fun is we can be all grown up even though we're a child by reading quite a 'heavy' book - and even better we can go back to our childhood.
I have in my library one of my first books- Winnie the Pooh and Mother Goose which I still open. Just got the Treasury of Paddington Bear and now trying to get hold of The Phantom Tollbooth.
Books to me will always be magical - they transport you to different places and time, no matter how old you're are.
I'm now working my way again through Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles (five Taran books) in which a few of the elements and characters of the Mabinogion are to be found. However, the books are not a retelling of the Welsh myths, but rather are a separate story about the Assistant Pig-Keeper, Taran and all his companions and their adventures on the way to his becoming (I think) the High King.
I thought the TV series was rather ho-hum maybe that was because Little Joe could never filled my vision of Pa Ingles.
I loved the Hobbit, cos that was the book that made me read LOTR in the first place. I like it because it's light reading, it's an easy story, and a nice one as well. But as Mirkgirl (welcome, btw) said, you can't compare the two, cos they're too different.
What are those other books you're talking about?? I never heard of them... (story of my life again?)
I did not like the half-mocking manner of unfolding of the story, and I was frankly disgusted
by the passages like these:
The yells and yammering, croaking, jibbering and jabbering, howls, growls and
curses; shrieking and skriking that followed were beyond description. Several hundred
wild cats and wolves being roasted slowly alive would not have compared with it
or the goblin song
Bake and toast 'em, fry and roast 'em!
till beards blaze, and eyes glaze;
till hair smells and skins crack,
fat melts, and bones black
in cinders lie
beneath the sky!
So dwarves shall die,
and light the night for our delight
What a horror!!! - and making fun of cruelty!
But recently I reread "the Hobbit" and it is a great book - in particular in respect
to the postAuthorID's power to evoke visions using just a few words.
The passage which delighted me the most describes the flight of Bilbo borne by an eagle:
he looked down between his dangling toes and saw the dark lands opening
wide underneath him, touched here and there with the light of the moon on a hill-side rock
or a stream in the plains
You can really SEE it all!!!!
I agree with Chikakat.
I agree with chikakat too. (now that I come to think of it, we all have funny names... :P )