Friday Reads was invented by The Candid Cover and is a merge of:
- Book Beginnings which is a book meme hosted by Rose City Reader where we share the first sentence(s) of a book.
- The Friday 56 which is hosted by Freda’s Voice where we share a snippet from page 56 of a book (or 56% on an e-reader).
The first lines of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein:
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. 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 love these opening lines, in fact, they’re some of my favourite of all time. Whenever I read them I feel warm and fuzzy inside along with an intense surge of nostalgia.
Tolkein is such a legend.
The Friday 56:
A snippet of page 56 of The Hobbit:
“Out jumped the goblins, big goblins, great ugly-looking goblins, lots of goblins, before you could say rocks and blocks. There were six to each dwarf, at least, and two even for Bilbo; and they were all grabbed and carried through the crack before you could say tinder and flint“
Tolkein’s writing style is brilliant. I especially like the way he uses repetition and listing for effect. The Hobbit is a book very close to my heart as it is bursting with whimsy and it has such a fantastical mood to it throughout.
What are you reading this Friday? Let me know in the comments!