Wednesday, December 05, 2012

What is a Hobbit?

hobbit [hä-bət] noun
  1. a member of a race of imaginary creatures related to and resembling humans, living in underground holes and characterized by their good nature, diminutive size, and hairy feet
  2. a nickname for Homo floresiensis
synonyms -  little people (region of Bree), halfling, shirefolk

Well to answer this question more succinctly, maybe a first-hand visit might be in order. On December 14, the doorway reopens to Middle Earth which brings the J. R. R. Tolkien novel, The Hobbit, to movie theaters everywhere. This story follows Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with Gandalf the Grey and a company of dwarves to retake the Lonely Mountain now inhabited by a dragon. As seen in glimpses in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Bilbo crosses paths with Gollum and the ring of power.

To see the story unfold, you can see it in theaters on December 14th or you can read the story in the SWOSU Libraries. A Tolkien display is now up in the library that allows you to read or watch the story of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Along with these stories, other materials are included on the display if you are interested in the details of the backstory, Tolkien studies or criticisms.

To celebrate the adaptation to the big screen, the SWOSU Libraries is sponsoring a movie poster giveaway. On the library display, you can find a contest form - there are no restrictions on how many times you can enter your name. There are five movie posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey up for grabs. Winners will be announced Friday afternoon at 3:00pm, December 14th. Good luck!

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