Hi Class! At last we’re back in business with the blog!
I will be posting all the posts I was sent during our hiatus in one go. This is actually quite an excellent thing, as you’ll have plenty of choice for your comments.
Given that we’ve been talking about descriptive writing and character sketches in great detail, I thought I’d share a very famous extract from a charming narrative we’re all fairly familiar with…
“This hobbit was a very well to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected; you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him.
This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbours’ respect, but he gained well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end.
The mother of our particular hobbit … what is a hobbit? I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us. They are, or were, a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off. They are inclined to be at in the stomach; they dress in bright colours, chiefly green and yellow; wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads, which is curly; have long clever brown fingers, good natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs, especially after dinner, which they have twice a day when they can get it.
Now you know enough to go on with. As I was saying, the mother of this hobbit, of Bilbo Baggins, that is, was the fabulous Belladonna Took, one of the three remarkable daughters of the Old Took, head of the hobbits who lived across The Water, the small river that ran at the foot of The Hill…” – The Hobbit, by J R R Tolkien
What impression do we generally get of hobbits? What kind of personality do we expect to be characteristic of a hobbit? What descriptive details lead you to this conclusion?
I look forward to hearing your comments!