Today is J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday- I read The Hobbit for the first time in college, and I thought it was a good book, even though I was more of a sci-fi fan at the time. After finishing it, I read The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, and really fell in love with his writing, his style, the obvious deep, deep thought he put into the creation of his world. Over the years, I have read and re-read these books, and each time I read them, I enjoy them more. I have read them to all of my children, a chapter at a time. They would howl and scream for me to read “just one more” chapter.
Recently, I bought a book of book reviews written by C.S. Lewis, who was a good friend of Tolkien’s, and was saved as a result of his friendship. One of the things he said in his review of The Fellowship of the Ring was “here is a story that will break your heart.” It is true.
If you have not read his works, pick up the Hobbit and enjoy. It is much better than the movies (although I am a big fan of them), and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Happy Birthday, professor.