If you're of a certain age, you probably read J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" back when the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was all the rage in colleges around the country. "The Hobbit" is one book instead of three, and holds many charms and adventures for the reader with no time to wade through all three books of the Lord of the Rings. The cast of characters is much easiser to follow, and though there are maps to take the careful reader through the landscape, they are not necessary to enjoy and comprehend the story of Bilbo Baggins and his initial foray out of the shire and into Middle Earth.
In preparation for Peter Jackson's latest translation of Tolkien's fantasy world onto the big screen (it's due out Dec. 13), the Pleasant Hill Library is inviting everyone to read The Hobbit throughout the month of October.
There will be a Hobbit Party on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m., where all are invited to join in costume for crafts and games. Join other readers on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. for a book discussion.
The events are funded by the Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library and the Pleasant Hill Community Foundation.
If you haven't read The Hobbit, this would be a great time to introduce yourself to this amazing world. If you have already read it, perhaps it's a good time to meet these characters again.
Join your friends and neighbors at the library on Oct. 9 and 16 for the special Hobbit events.
And watch out for the Orcs!