"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."


The title page of The Hobbit mentions that this is the revised edition. This is because of three things:

  1. on two pages he had written something different than what appeared on the map illustration,
  2. he notes that there were several inaccuracies, and
  3. he had just published The Lord of the Rings

What this last thing has to do with anything is that the original has Gollum, while still being a wretched creature, as a nice guy who wants to help Bilbo. After writing his longer work, he noticed that he had really beefed up the evilness of the ring and its effects on Gollum, so he made several changes. In his introduction to the book, he explains the major changes to Chapter 5 this way (keep in mind that he pretends to only be a translator of ancient texts he found, not the true author - Bilbo is the supposedly the true author of The Hobbit):

... More important is the matter of Chapter Five. There the true story of teh ending of the Riddle Games, as it was eventually revealed (under pressure) by Bilbo to Gandalf, is now given according to the Red Book, in place of the version Bilbo first gave to his friends, and actually set down in his diary. This departure from the truth on the part of a most honest hobbit was a portent of great significance. It does not, however, concern the present story, and those who in this edition make their first acquaintance with hobbit-lore need not trouble about it....

Here are our reading texts for this unit:


Before the movie came, there were various opinions of what Gollum looked like:


Trailer for the 2012 Hobbit part I - an Unexpected Journey


Trailer for the 2013 Hobbit part II - The Desolation of Smaug





Here's how you use these runes. Sound you name or whatever word you are wanting to write in runes. Find the corresponding sound above (NOT LETTER).


Play a Riddle Game with Gollum

The Official Movie Site

The Hobbit Blog

Sparknotes Guiide to the Book

Hobbit Fonts




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