My paperback copies have worn out, so I recently got a “softcover” boxed version of Tolkien’s Hobbit & Lord of the Rings. Tiny little editions covered in fake leather, fitting neatly into the palm of my hand (I have rather big hands). We recently got two new kittens from KittyCorner of CNY cat rescue, and since they’ve been sitting on me, I can’t really type. But I read, so in a matter of a few short sessions, I’ve made my way through nearly all of The Hobbit. Just a few more pages to go.
I guess it’s been a while since I read it. I know it was originally written as a bed-time story for his children, but I was amazed to re-discover the style of the writing. Yes, it’s written for children. While the language isn’t simplistic, the grammar is basic and sentences are, for the most part, short and direct. There are a number of “You remember. . .” and similar call-backs, and a couple similar “everything works out” sentences. I don’t remember the language of LotR being like this. Guess I’ll find out shortly!by