Thursday, December 13, 2012

Book Bucket List | The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

There are three things that means Christmas is coming at my house. The first is when everyone starts baking cookies for no reason, so that there are dozens and dozens of them around the house.  The second is when the cats knock over the tree because climbing up that giant plastic thing every year is the best thing ever.  And the third, and my favorite, is the annual Lord of the Rings Extended Edition movie marathon!  Every year since the movies have come out, we start on a Friday night and watch The Fellowship of the Ring, and over the next two days we will watch The Two Towers and Return of the King.  I don't know why this has become a semi-holiday tradition, but it is one of the things I look forward to most.

I genuinely love these movies, (though if you do watch them in succession, especially the extended versions, it could be quite the long haul) but these wonderful, wonderful films were based on some wonderful, wonderful books.  J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series is one of the most beloved book series of all time.  Of course, we have them all here at the library.
The main message for me, though there are many in the story, is that even someone who believes that their life is small and insignificant can make a large impact on the world.  If you haven't read this series, you should definetly add it to your bucket list.

This year, the first installment of The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, is coming out TOMORROW!!! December 14!!  This movie is also based on one of Tolkien's books, and follows the reluctant adventurer Bilbo Baggins and his quest to steal from the dragon, Smaug.  The last time a LotR movie came out in theaters, I was in high school.  I CANNOT wait to see The Hobbit on the big screen.

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