Posts Tagged: JRR Tolkien

First Lines: The Simarillion

If it hadn’t been for my “thou shalt not put any books by authors of whom you have already read any work on thy list” rule, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Simarillion would most certainly have made my list of 40 books to read before my 40th birthday. It has that certain je ne sais quois, that… Read more »

First Lines: The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. Or: how the little hobbit Bilbo Baggins of Bag End went on an adventure, became a cunning burglar and found a magical ring that got his nephew in all kinds of trouble. No, this wasn’t the first time I read The Hobbit. It was the first time I… Read more »