A Hobbit Hole
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” (The Hobbit ~ J.R.R.Tolkien)
So begins one of the most iconic adventure stories, in the humblest of settings. Tolkien afterwards explained that this was a random line he scribbled on the back of an exam script, with no real idea of what a ‘hobbit’ actually was, or why it lived in a hole. It just came to him, and the story grew organically from the spontaneity of words, rather than the other way round.
This is a wonderful beginning – literally, for the simple story of The Hobbit; but also creatively for the greater epic that would eventually flourish from it. Really, it is one of the themes at the heart of the hobbits’ tales (Bilbo’s and Frodo’s) – the theme of Home, of simplicity, of being grounded (both physically and in character), of being close to the earth…
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