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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!

Best,

Ms Roberts

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9 Comments

  1. The writer gives us a very interesting description of hobbits in the sense that he has told us about them as if they exist in everyday life. However given by how a “little people” they are, they tend to “disappear” very often without our notice. Another feature to note is how he has depicted them as a very “good-natured” species who generally don’t cause harm to others. On the other hand we, “big people” tend to blunder through the earth and so we probably frighten these creatures who are half our size.

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  2. I enjoyed reading this description of the hobbits, it created a lovely picture for me. To me the hobbits would have to be cheerful creatures because they dress in “bright colours” and “laugh deep fruity laugh”. The way they are described I find it hard to picture them any other way but cheerful. But, these hobbits must be quite shy/nervous and probably quite cautious too. I pick this up by how they “disappear quietly and quickly”. They must be quite reserved and not enjoy change because of how they stick amping themselves instead of associating themselves with us who are double their size.

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  3. The writer gives very good descriptions of the hobbits. They are little people who seem to be intimidated by us big people as the writer says they “disappear very quickly”. The writer also says they are “good natured” which generally means they don’t cause harm to things around them. He also says they dress in bright colours which gives us the sense that they are happy creatures.

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  4. The description of a hobbit is very unique but captivating. As you read it, you start to piece each detail together in your head. The impression I get is that they are small creatures similar to people, but their bodies are adapted to their lifestyle, for example, they don’t wear shoes so their feet develop leathery souls. They were said to be “good natured” which means they have no intention to harm anybody. They are shown to be loved by everyone, and helpful.

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