In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
– The Hobbit
That has to be the most famous line ever scrawled on the back of a student’s exam paper. It’s such a good example of an intriguing opening line for a novel – I remember wondering just what a hobbit was, and why it lived in a hole in the ground (I was really young when I read it, but I hope I’d still be excited by it). The next line answers part of my unspoken question beautifully: “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.”
I am currently re-reading The Hobbit because I happened to catch of glimpse of the trailer for the new Hobbit movie. I’m thinking the movie could be really good, or ruin everything (‘cuz I don’t really remember Legolas or Galadriel in the that particular book, so I hope they have something useful to do in it). All the same, the trailer really excited me, so I had to go back and read the book over again!