Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
This post is part of a month-long series of pre-dated posts running while I am on holiday. Feel free to comment, I’ll get back to you when I return!
Please note that any “reviews” I write here are simply my own opinion and that I am not doing any objective, informative reviews for this challenge. If there are any spoilers in a post, I will indicate it at the top.
I draw the book covers straight from Goodreads and you can click on the images to go to the book’s page on there.
This topic was more difficult for me to write about than it would look at first glance. I was looking at the topic, thinking “A book that makes me happy? What do you mean? BOOKS make me happy! I am happy with a good book. It does not have to be a certain book.” So I was wondering what to write about. What can I write about now that I have not already written about. I’ve already talked about rereading, I’ve already talked about favourite series and favourite books. What can I write about now?
And so I went on Tumblr like I always do when I’m procrastinating and I’m not sure what to do (which is usually why I’m procrastinating with writing in the first place) and read my dashboard. Then the answer came to me: not in a dream or revelation, but on a humble Tumblr dash. The Hobbit makes me happy. I am super excited for the first movie coming out and just reading about it on Tumblr makes me happy. The graphics, the quotes, the GIFs… I love this sense of excitement and all of it is rooted in the book for me.
I love hobbits, which is probably why I am so fond of this book. It lacks the shadow that hangs over Lord of the Rings. It’s a children’s book after all, and it shows in the happy innocence displayed by Bilbo Baggins. He is not interested in adventure, or so he thinks. But it sweeps him up and carries him to a faraway land in the company of thirteen dwarves (I just wrote “drawers”. That could’ve made a great story too! ) and, of course, Gandalf the Grey. There, Bilbo must learn what he is really made of: he is not just a hobbit looking for his tea, but also brave and righteous. What he undergoes is a foreshadowing for what his nephew Frodo will have to undergo in Lord of the Rings.
Bilbo Baggins goes There and Back Again and so returns a changed hobbit. The quest has marked him (again, a foreshadowing for Lord of the Rings) and he will always stand slightly apart from the other inhabitants of Hobbiton and Bywater. He is the subject of many a story and song, but hobbits still stand a little in awe of him. It is hard to know how to handle someone who has so much more experiences of strange and wonderful things than you could ever imagine.
I’m very fond of Bilbo and I am fond of all the hobbits in Lord of the Rings, but especially of Sam and Pippin. There is something about this race that completely sets them apart from the other races in Middle Earth. They are not just Little Folk – they have completely different characteristics and approaches than Men or Dwarves or Elves. The descriptions of their simple way of life make me happy and inspired.
* And then I make things like this. I want more Hobbit-graphics to work on! *
I’m excited about every developer’s blog released by the production team of the movie and I’ve watched each several times. It is just fascinating to watch this wonderful world of the book come to life on screen. I’m happy just to think about the upcoming movies and I am convinced that it will be as great as Lord of the Rings. It will be a chance for a new generation to discover Tolkien’s work and it will be chance for people like me, who were too young to see the first trilogy in theatres, to see Middle Earth on the big screen for the first time. I’m counting the days!
With that said, I can happily come to the conclusion that The Hobbit is a book that makes me happy. Everything that it has grown into makes me happy. It started off as bedtime stories for the Tolkien-kids and became a book and a will be a movie and it is becoming a culture. I love how the anticipation for the movie can bring people from different countries and cultures together in their enthusiasm for everything Tolkien. It is so nice that it is giving the fandom a chance to revive, after the original trilogy of movies has died out a little.
Yet, it all begins with a book. All of this. A lovely book, a sweet book, but also an epic adventure. Oh, I just love everything about this book. I plan to reread it before the movie comes out and I am excited just to think of it. I don’t want to read it too early, in case I forget some, but… actually the anticipation is lovely.
Tomorrow I will talk about the opposite: a book that makes me sad.