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C. S. Lewis, or whatever it is that I'm in the mood to discuss.
Well the dragon is a female, if that counts.Maybe it's sad, or ironic, that The Hobbit was more exciting than the LOTR trilogy. You might appreciate this interview about why Christians should read fiction. The author takes a jab at Tolkien at some point. http://www.challies.com/interviews/fiction-literature-an-interview-with-russell-moore
Love this bit:"On to the sample pages you supplied. From what I can see, most of your first chapter is taken up with back-story concerning "hobbits" and their unusual living arrangements. Indeed - by the end of this first chapter, the story still hasn't started. Might I suggest commencing at a different point in the narrative? Your best bet would be to open with Bilbo in the grip of the Trolls, and gradually, as the tale progresses, present the back-story of how he came to be there. This will grab your young reader's attention from the start, enticing them to read further while moving the story along at a much quicker pace."
I first read LOTR when I was 12 (I started reading the second volume first, since my mother was struggling with the first volume -- she gave up before finishing). After finishing the trilogy, I went back and read it all over again. I went to summer camp that year. I noticed another boy reading The Hobbit, and I asked him if I could borrow his copy after he finished. He said he was just finishing it and would sell it to me for 50 cents. I bought it, and started reading it every free moment I had at camp, even reading it late at night with a flashlight in my sleeping bag (lights weren't allowed on past curfew).My only complaint about Tolkien's stories is that they weren't long enough. How I ended up taking "Bilbo" as my pseudonym is a different story, which I won't go into. I'm not sure the original owner of that name would be pleased with my use of it. But after years of using it, it's sort of stuck to me, I'm afraid. I hope I haven't dragged it through too much mud.
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