Visit Bookworks to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit!

09/22/2012 10:30 am

Read your favorite passage from the book and have a piece of birthday cake. Send us your remembrances of reading The Hobbit for the first time and you will be entered in a contest to win a Bookworks Gift Certificate. We'll have performers from the Albuquerque Little Theater's performance of "The Hobbit" (running September 14-30) doing a couple of scenes from the play as part of the celebration!

The Hobbit (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547953830
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9/2012

Location: 
Street:
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
City:
Albuquerque
,
Province:
New Mexico
Postal Code:
87107-3157
Country:
United States

Remembrances reading The Hobbit for the first time

A precocious child, I read The Hobbit for the first time at age three. I was living in Algeria, Africa at the time, and had already read all the books in my pre-school's small library. I drove my parents crazy whining about how bored I was without fresh reading material, to the point where they prevailed upon a local nun to share her literary collection. Tokien's masterpiece was the first book she shared and I devoured it eagerly. I vividly remember that hobbits didn't appeal to me much at that age--they seemed rather like children, to my young mind, and not fantastical or mythical--but Gollum absolutely petrified me. The tortured character's hissing, muttering, and, most of all, his slow, sneaky paddling around that dark lake in search of hapless prey, made such an impact on me that I slept with a light on until I turned 15. Any mention of Gollum up until that age, and I'd go rigid with fear. Even now, Gollum makes me deeply uncomfortable. The middle schoolers I teach literature to are well aware of this fact and delight in sneaking up behind me and making gurgling, gobbling noises in hopes of causing me to jump or shriek! More often than not, they succeed.




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