Monday, March 9, 2015

The Classics - Opening Lines: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Timeless_Books.jpg/320px-Timeless_Books.jpg"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." 
(Published 1937) 

I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?

4 comments:

  1. That certainly is an intriguing opening. But, I'm embarrassed to say, I've never read The Hobbit. I'll have to remedy that.

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  2. OOOH-Love this beginning and how he captured the coziness. I pictured the film right away so I guess Peter Jackson did well with it

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  3. I was listening the other day to a song performed by Leonard Nimoy, called Bilbo Baggins. I think it started off the same way.

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  4. Elizabeth - I wish I could say I read all of it. I tried :)

    Birgit - I know. Makes me want to cozy up in a hobbit house somewhere. The film was great!

    Dixie - Oh, wow. I didn't know he sang. I need to Google that!

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