04 December, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (100)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly, bookish meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. On a bit of a random note, I've finally hit 100 TT posts; but before I get carried away reading through them all, here's today's teaser!

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser comes from one of my favorite books, and one you've almost definitely heard of before: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's been years since I read it through, and I'll admit I was spurred to go back to it due to the upcoming release of the first movie. I'm more excited for the film trilogy now, especially after having seen Sherlock and Martin Freeman, who's Bilbo Baggins. (Interesting fact: They've cast Benedict Cumberbatch, from the same TV series, as the Necromancer (in addition to Smaug), yet the Necromancer doesn't actually appear in the book in any form other than references by Gandalf . . . anyone else curious to see what they've done with that?)

"What shall we do, what shall we do!" he cried. "Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!" he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say "out of the frying-pan into the fire" in the same sort of uncomfortable situations. 
-p. 109


Have you read The Hobbit and/or The Lord of the Rings? What are you reading now and do you have a teaser from it?

-----The Golden Eagle


Pat Hatt said...

Yeah read them all and should be interesting to see how the Hobbit is on the big screen.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I read them all when I was a kid, and then I re-read LOTR right before the movies came out. Don't think I'll have time to re-read the Hobbit though.

JeffO said...

I suspect they've created an event between Gandalf and the Necromancer in order to help stretch the story out to fill three movies.

All this Hobbit hoopla is making me consider breaking the book out once more.

By the way, I forgot to say I tagged you in a meme from last week (Friday, I believe).

Morgan said...

Totally read the Hobbit when I was younger... and then re-read it when LOTR came out... And I'm about to dive into a new book now!

Trish said...

ok. i'll admit i've never read this, nor will i go see the movie! i know. i should be ashamed!

Trish - My Teaser

Old Kitty said...

Yes and yes and I cannot wait for the films!!!! Take care

Naomi Hop said...

I love the LotR, but have yet to read any books, but would love to read all of them including the Hobbit!! Great tease!

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Brinda said...

Read all four books in the 8th grade. I'm sure I've read them all twice and own the movies. :)

Alice Audrey said...

Seemed to me that the goblins were worse than the wolves. Great teaser. Please check out my teaser.

Lynda R Young said...

Yep I read them both before I was a teenager. Oh, wait, I read LotR when I was 13 and then multiple times there after. Love them both!

Adam said...

I can't wait for the movie

Kari Marie White said...

I haven't read The Hobbit. I did read the Lord of the Rings and enjoyed it, so I suppose I'll pick it up at some point. The movie looks fantastic. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Good choice of read, and well timed too :) I read the Hobbit about a year ago, so I'm hoping it's fresh enough in my mind before watching the movie.


Sue Ann Bowling said...

Sometime in the 50's (before they were officially available in the US) my uncle brought all four books from England. I fell in love with them. I regularly tweet quotes from books at @sueannbowling, challenging people to come up with the context, and giving contexts for the past week in my Wednesday blog. I'll be doing the Hobbit starting Thursday and continuing for the next month.

mooderino said...

One of my faves from when I was a kid. Not sure turning it into a trilogy is necessary though.

Moody Writing

Charles Gramlich said...

I well remember the HObbit, with fondness. I'm still reading the same book I was reading last week. Little time to read with finals coming up.

Paul Tobin said...

Like the majority of people commenting I read the book years ago, after I had read LOTR and being a callous teenager didn't really like it. I am reading the Michael Moorcock Dr Who book The Coming of The Terraphiles I don't think I've read a Dr Who book since about the time I read The Hobbit: but this one has a great quote in it:
"Because it isn't just physics we're talking about." The Doctor's eyes gleamed with fascinated curiosity. "It's metaphysics. It's the only way we can understand reality. And both are represented by mythology, by legends, by the shamanistic power of humanity to tell a story that is an absolute lie beneath which hides an absolute truth. Life and Death, Law and Chaos, Matter and Antimatter. What a species! A poem creates a formula. A formula becomes material. And so it goes on."
Greta stuff!

laughingwolf said...

a gooder, ge :)

still reading 'merlin'; good tale but i hate writer's interjection of historical incidents into it thousands of years before they actually happened!


Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I haven't read the Hobbit in a long time.

running4him said...

Yep, super awesome! Love this book, considering I have read it like times! lol Tolkien is amazing)

The Golden Eagle said...

Pat: I can't wait to see the movies.

Alex: I re-read LOTR before watching the films, too. It took me a while to get through the trilogy. :P

JeffO: I figured the same. There's got to be some kind of major subplot in there . . .

Thanks for letting me know! I'm so hopelessly behind the blogosphere--will definitely stop by your blog to check it out.

Morgan: Awesome! :)

Trish: Not your kind of book? At any rate, I admire you for avoiding jumping onto the bandwagon!

Old Kitty: So exciting, isn't it?!

Naomi: Glad you liked the teaser!

Brinda: Cool. :) I own all the books, but I've only seen the movies a couple times.

Alice: LOL. I'm not sure which I would pick . . . both were pretty formidable!


Lynda: They're great books. :)

Adam: Neither can I!

Kari: You should read the book--though that's just my opinion. It might give you some insights into what's going on in the movies.

Jamie: Thank you!

I wanted it to be clear in my head before it was released. Though I'm sure I'll end up waiting until it's on DVD anyway.

Sue: That's a great story!

I'll have to check out your tweets. I'm not on Twitter, but it sounds like a fun challenge. :)

Mooderino: Me, neither. But so long as they're good films, I don't really care if they change a lot of things.

Charles: You must be busy if finals are approaching!

Paul: A Dr. Who book? That's cool--and that's a really interesting teaser!

Laughingwolf: Thanks. :)

Thousands of years? Good grief. Breaking that much of history in a story is a bit extreme . . .

Michael: No time like the present, with the movie coming out!

Running4him: He was an amazing writer.

Karen said...

I have loves the Hobbit since I first read it a couple years back and am so excited to see the movie!

Deborah Walker said...

I remember it fondly. It's been a few decades, though!

Paulina said...

I got the Hobbit as a gift and oooooh really love this book!

I can't wait for the movie :d