The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I feel kind of sorry for The Hobbit - Tolkien's original novel, that is. It's a simple story that bounces cheerfully along in episodic fashion, sketching in a delightful fantasy world along the way. It has singing dwarves and talking animals. It's cheerful and charming and sweet. Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit was always … Continue reading The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

My first hobbit

When I first met Bilbo Baggins, he was a woman. I was eight years old, on a mysterious school trip to a spooky old building, with no real idea about what was going to happen to me or my classmates. The previous week, our teacher had told us to memorise a series of strange words … Continue reading My first hobbit