If you haven’t already read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy), there’s still time before the U.S. movie premiere on December 14. Along with the novel itself, the Library has a terrific collection of companion guides that will satisfy your Middle-Earth Mania:The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull 823.912 TOL A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth Matthew Dickerson 823.912 TOL The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Visual Companion Jude Fisher 791.4372 FIS The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You’ve Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson, Editors 823.912 TOL
This list is just a sampling of the works inspired by Tolkien. For more suggestions or if you’d like to reserve one of the Lord of the Rings epic films on DVD, please search the Library’s online catalog or contact the Readers Services or Reference Desks.
From The Lord of the Rings, here is Bilbo’s verse warning of winter, found in the chapter called ‘The Ring Goes South.’
When winter first begins to bite
and stones crack in the frosty night,
when pools are black and trees are bare,
’tis evil in the Wild to fare.
But that I am afraid will be just your luck.
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