A #Classic #Fantasy for this #Podcast: #TheHobbit by #JRRTolkien

Happy Wednesday, everyone! The Fantasy fiction celebration Wyrd and Wonder continues, and so shall we, this time with a timeless joy: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Everyone has their opinions on this story, sure, but I’d love to share a sip with you to discover what it is about the voice of this novel that brings readers and writers back time and again.

If you do not see the audio player above, you can access the podcast here.

I have written about The Hobbit’s worldbuilding before. If you’d like to read about that, click here.

If there are any stories you would like to recommend for sipping on this podcast, let me know in the comments below! I’d also welcome reading any indie authors’ own stories. I keep discovering more and more fantasy books I’d like to try, so perhaps we’ll stick with fantasy? Or perhaps not! I’m enjoying the promise of possibility far too much. x

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

22 thoughts on “A #Classic #Fantasy for this #Podcast: #TheHobbit by #JRRTolkien

  1. That was awesome, Jean! I’ve long been a fan of The Hobbit, ever since my mom read it to me when I was about seven. I read it myself a few years later and those opening sentences just made me smile. What a wonderful world Tolkien created!
    You’re so right about the narrator. Something to have a play around with as a writer, I think.
    BTW I adore being read to. Won’t you come round and read to me..?

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    • I think he is as well, Neil! He’s also such a great inspiration in that he enjoyed meandering through his world for his own pleasure. That’s something we should all remember: we write because we love to write. If others enjoy what we do, that’s awesome! But what matters most is that *we* love what we create. xxxxxxxxx

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  2. You read the opening of The Hobbit beautifully Jean. I could really hear Tolkien’s intention in your voice.
    His opening paragraphs echo the style classic fairy stories of the time- Perrault’s Tales of Mother Goose were originally written for adults and likewise the brothers Grimm’s gory folk stories By the Edwardian era, with the increasing recognition of childhood being as distinct state of development, they had become sanitised, probably through Hans Christian Andersen who actually wrote for children.
    I was struck by the similarities of Tolkien’s voice to that CS Lewis used in the Narnia books. No surprise he influenced him;s he and Lewis were both of very similar backgrounds.

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    • Indeed they were, those Inklings! I love how Diana Wynne Jones described learning from them in university. Lewis was so personable that his lecture hall was always full. Tolkien, however, hated lecturing, so he spent the whole time mumbling at the chalkboard while he wrote. I think Jones said she was one of 7 who stuck with the class until the end because when you *could* hear Tolkien you picked up all sorts of interesting, insightful things.

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