Just last night, before going to sleep, I read and reread that part and got astonished once again That, and the recurring "quite quietly" have been amongst my all time hits in the Hobbit.
As I mentioned elsewhere at this forum, when I finally got to reading Tolkien, I was for some reasons in a state of not being able to read anything anymore. Like many others I began from the Hobbit and went on, and at least once a year I reread the whole 'basic cycle' so to speak, ie. The Hobbit, The LotR, and the Silmarillion. I'm presently on my third cycle within the period of roughly a year, and about to arrive at the climactic Battle of Five Armies.
Every time I read the cycle and the rest of the material, I discover or learn or realize or am taught... something new. Each time I delve into reading and thinking about it I am stricken by a new shimmer of deep, deep and deep wisdom. I'm an addict and a proud one to be
The Hobbit was, and has always remained, the keyhole; the gateway; the "doorstep" into the lore, while never restrained to such kind of a functionalistic restriction. In a sense it's like a summary of all that there is and maybe even some that there would be, had the circumstances been more favourable for one of the greatest writers of all times, to have it his way...
Last edited by Urwendil; Feb 22 2013 at 07:33 PM.
Landroval: Kibilturg, Taurunion, Erohtar... (Watchers of Elendil)
Crickhollow: Kibilturg (Tarciryan Knights), Zigilturg (Forever Notorious), Birnavor (The Northern Kingdom)...
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