Middle Earth Challenge: The Hobbit

Middle Earth Challenge

“Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless Dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside.”

20200328_1216016288655749656073878.jpg“Where did you go to, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along.
To look ahead,’ said he.
And what brought you back in the nick of time?’
Looking behind,’ said he.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

This is not the first time I’ve read the The Hobbit, nor will it be the last. I can’t tell you how many times I have read it over the years. Between Middle School, High School and even as a bedtime story for my kids. This goes for all the stories of the Middle Earth. Unlike my Star Trek Challenge, where they were completely new adventures to me. Where I have love for some and hatred for others haha. The Middle Earth as a whole has been a love of mine for sometime now. I’ve always wanted to do a reading train on the novels for awhile and now that I have free time on my hands. I think I will.

Now I will odiously be going over the books of Middle Earth in this challenge. But to add a twist at the end I wanted to compare them to the movies. I know there is a number of people who love the movies and others who hate them, there really is no middle ground with them. I for one love them, over all I’m just happy I get to live in a time where they were made and done well . Not slapped together like the D&D movie…….

Now the The Hobbit is a much lighter tale then the LOTR trilogy. A lot of I believe is do to how Hobbits live and their views on life. It’s funny because I’m having a hard time writing a review for the book and explain my joy in this adventure. At it’s core it is an adventure novel, dare I say one of the most charming adventure stories ever told? Oh sure there are a few parts where it gets long winded, but it’s not as bad as George R.R. Martin.

Nowadays People have the good fortune of seeing Peter Jackson’s films, but I and many folks of an earlier generation recall the 1977 animated film with voice talent from John Huston, Orson Bean and Richard Boone. This cartoon was my first introduction to Tolkien’s work and would later lead me to read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Thorin, the lead Dwarf and company leave from the Green Dragon, accompanied by the wizard Gandalf and employed Mr. Baggins as their lucky number 14 and as a burglar. And Bilbo’s unexpected adventure had begun.

Riddles in the Dark. After some fairly pedestrian undertakings Tolkien has Bilbo getting lost in a deep cave and introduces us to one of his strangely likeable villains, Gollum. Later readers would learn the deeper truths of his history, but Tolkien’s guests in this chapter see him as a eccentrically troubled scoundrel.

Songs. A reader in the twenty-first century, and especially one who has enjoyed the Jackson films, may discover that Tolkien’s original story was not as martial as the films. Jackson produced his Hobbit films to be less war-like than his LOTR films, but Tolkien’s prose contained a fair amount of poetry and song, casting his story. If you happen to find yourself a copy of this book, read it. It’s a charming novel that can stand by itself.

Now!! Lets get into the differences between the movies and the book:
i-feel-thinWow.. Okay after going over my notes I have realized this post will be come a small novel in itself. While there are a number of changes between the 1 book and the 3 movies hahaha. I feel that some had to be made.. A lot of people complained that there was to many changes or they just added random things in. When you read though the complains, they seem to be rather small. The Hobbit trilogy’s storyline draws on material from the appendices at the end of the Return of the King novel, especially Dwarven history and the White Council’s dealings with the Necromancer, who proves to be Sauron. As well as some elements of the The Silmarillion. While yes, there are a few parts in the movies where I found myself tilling my head going, “what?”. But I had a smile across my face and enjoyed the movies as a whole.

91VBFn334yL._RI_Now the 1977 animated production in most respects similar to the book. The criticism focused on adaptation issues, with unfamiliar style of artwork used by the Japanese-American co-production team. Tolkien fans questioned the appropriateness of repackaging the material as a family film for a very young audience. Douglas A. Anderson, a Tolkien scholar, called the adaptation “execrable” in his own introduction to the Annotated Hobbit, although he did not elaborate; and a few critics said it was confusing for those not already familiar with the plot. On the other hand, critics praised the adaptation as “excellent”, saying the work received “big points” for being “faithful to Tolkien’s story” and that the “vocal cast can’t be improved upon.” I myself loved this as a kid, the LOTR animated film left me going WTF? The Return of the King was good, from what I can remember.

 

​”I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”

 -J. R. R. Tolkien

Favorite quote of all time!

Star Wars And A Tolkien With A Side Of Forgotten Realms

Star Wars And A Tolkien With A Side Of Forgotten Realms

Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber….

6310782This novel is great on so many levels. I love Zombies and I love Star Wars. mix the two together and you get this! Plus mix in some of my favorite characters into the story line and SQUEEEEE!

Great book from begin to end. Rather quick too… I think the best way to describe the book was this quote from a review I found from  fellow reader on Goodreads…

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Star Wars And A Tolkien With A Side Of Forgotten Realms

Star Wars And A Tolkien With A Side Of Forgotten Realms

Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber….

6310782This novel is great on so many levels. I love Zombies and I love Star Wars. mix the two together and you get this! Plus mix in some of my favorite characters into the story line and SQUEEEEE!

Great book from begin to end. Rather quick too… I think the best way to describe the book was this quote from a review I found from  fellow reader on Goodreads…

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Star Wars And A Tolkien With A Side Of Forgotten Realms

Star Wars: Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber….

6310782This novel is great on so many levels. I love Zombies and I love Star Wars. mix the two together and you get this! Plus mix in some of my favorite characters into the story line and SQUEEEEE!

Great book from begin to end. Rather quick too… I think the best way to describe the book was this quote from a review I found from  fellow reader on Goodreads about the this book:

Like an unconcerned lover, meeting you for a “nooner”, Death Troopers is quick and dirty. it doesn’t ask you how you are doing or if you are getting close. When it is finished, it rolls out of bed and leaves you staring, asking “what exactly just happened”. You feel a little dirty, then you shower and get back to work. in the end, it is still a nooner, so who can scoff at that? Not I.

I thought this was a perfect way to sum up the book HAHAHA! the writing is on spot and action flows smoothly (for zombies that is). Keep the classic Star Wars universe intact as well, without having to change anything. Plus you don’t need to know anything before reading this book. Just pick it up and run with it. I highly recommend it to everyone who is a Star Wars fanboy or a lover of the zombie world! The story plot of Death Troopers is:

When the Imperial prison barge Purge—temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves—breaks down in a distant part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back—bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

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20151017_121439Early today I got my copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin!!! Can’t wait till I can get into this book! I’ve been looking forward for awhile now. So a little birthday gift to myself by the way. from what I’m told, I’m able to buy myself anymore gifts. Because other people are getting me stuff. 😉

It is a legendary time long before The Lord of the Rings, and Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwells in the vast fortress of Angband in the North; and within the shadow of the fear of Angband, and the war waged by Morgoth against the Elves, the fates of Túrin and his sister Niënor will be tragically entwined.

Their brief and passionate lives are dominated by the elemental hatred that Morgoth bears them as the children of Húrin, the man who dared to defy him to his face. Against them Morgoth sends his most formidable servant, Glaurung, a powerful spirit in the form of a huge wingless dragon of fire, in an attempt to fulfil the curse of Morgoth, and destroy the children of Húrin.

Begun by J.R.R. Tolkien at the end of the First World War, The Children of Húrin became the dominant story in his later work on Middle-earth. But he could not bring it to a final and finished form. In this book Christopher Tolkien has constructed, after long study of the manuscripts, a coherent narrative without any editorial invention.

But this book looks great and I’m really wondering what Morgoth is going to be like :). I’ve read the history of middle earth and some of the short /lost tales. So I have an idea on whats going to go down in this book.

20151002_203239I also picked up a trilogy, thanks to my soon to be wife Carly. Called The Hunter’s Blades trilogy By R.A. Salvatore. I love his books and read a lot of them. But I don’t think I can read all of them lol.. the man has written so much! But I love the Forgotten Realms series and the work that Salvatore brings to the table.

Continues the adventures of the Dark Elf hero, Drizzt Do’Urden, as an invasion of orcs sweeps across the Spine of the World, separating him from the friends on whom he has long relied and forcing him to draw on his own inner resources.