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The Hobbit - 75th Anniversary Edition ebook by J.R.R. Tolkien. Preview Now . The Heroes of Olympus, Book Four: The House of Hades ebook by Rick Riordan. First ever illustrated eBook of the classic bestseller featuring more than 60 colour paintings and pencil drawings by the award-winning artist, Alan Lee, Con. Bilbo Baggins was a Hero of the story. Bilbo was a simple hobbit and he enjoys their life happily. Once a day, He was smoking, suddenly he.
Consider also how the story opens, with Bilbo's breezy unreflective manners which are polite in form but not in spirit, and Gandalf's continual meditation on the meaning of 'Good morning.
How often do we find ourselves, like Bilbo, saying something we don't really mean and using words to mean something very unlike their plain meaning! How often do we find ourselves saying, "I don't mean to be rude, but Instead we mean, "I'm going to be rude but I don't want you to think I'm someone who is normally rude Tolkien is able to gently skewer us for our all too human failings, and he does so without adopting any of the cynicism or self-loathing so common with those that seek out to skewer humanity for its so evident failings.
We fantasize about heroes which are strong and comely of form, and we have for as long as we've had recorded literature. Our comic books are filled with those neo-pagan mythic heroes whose exaggerated human virtues always amount to, whatever else may be true of them, 'beats people up good'. These modern Ajaxs, Helens and Achilles dominate the box office, and I would imagine dominate our internal most private fantasy lives as well.
Oh sure, the superhero of our fantasy might have superhuman ethics to go along with his superhuman ability to kick butt, attract the opposite sex, and enforce their will upon others, but it is always attached to and ultimately secondary to our fantasy of power and virility.
How different is Tolkien's protagonist from Heracles, Lancelot, Beowulf, or Batman - short, small, mundane, and weak.
Of all the principal characters of the story, he possesses probably the least of that quintessential heroic attribute - martial prowess. And yet, he is not actually merely an 'average Joe'. Bilbo is just as much an exaggerated idealized hero as Heracles, it's just that those attributes in which Bilbo is almost transcendently inhuman isn't the sort of attributes we normally fantasize about having ourselves.
Bilbo is gentle. He is simple.
He is humble. Power and wealth have little attraction for him. He is kind.
He takes less than his share, and that that he takes he gives away. He is a peacemaker.
Though wrongly imprisoned, he bears no grudge and desires no vengeance for the wrongs done to him. Rather he apologizes for stealing food, and offers to repay in recompense far more than he took. Though mistreated, he harbors no enmity.
He never puts himself forward, but he never shirks when others do. How often do we fantasize about being this different sort of hero, and yet how much better we would be if we did? How much better off would we be if we, like Thorin could declare in our hearts, "There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West.
Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Other enhancements throughout the book include a readings by the author and all of Tolkien's own drawings and full-color illustrations, including images from the original manuscript, the dust jacket design and all famous and some lesser known art by Tolkien.
What about the audio parts? You will especially love to hear J. Tolkien sing 'Chips the glasses and crack the plates' in Chapter 1, read the famous 'Riddles in the Dark' and an impressive 'Roast Mutton'. To hear the professor singing a song from the text really gives the reader a feel for his creative vision.
You can hear each audio enhancement as you read the book, or go to the Images, Illustrations And Audio tab in the Table of Contents to hear several in a row. What would anyone else want more?
Some final words All in all, although the enhanced e-book isn't bursting with special features and additions to the original text, "The Hobbit: Enhanced Edition" is a cool way to brush up on your storyline before the movie adaption arrives and get an added bonus of extras such as audio and illustrations.
I kind of love this edition, even though I believe the graphics could have been a bit sharper, but the additional audio makes up for that big time. You would actually have to pay me a lot to complain about this book! In an age where you can get anything from Cleopatra Slots games to Lord of the Rings online worlds to roam in it is nice to have a digital edition of The Hobbit around, however as usual I will prefer the real book, but like all the tiny candy that is available inside the enhanced edition!
The Hobbit Enhanced Edition.