Sunday, October 18, 2015
The Hobbit: A Children's Story
We have discussed now several times the fact that The Hobbit was aimed primarily at children. After discussing the themes in detail over the past week, it is apparent that he included lessons for kids among the adventure. However, I remember first reading it my freshman year of high school, and it didn't strike me as a children's book. The songs did seem odd during the first read, but I figured that it was simply Tolkien's style. I know that I didn't fully appreciate his artistry the first time around, but it didn't seem similar to the children's stories that I've grown up with. I'm curious to know if anyone caught that it was aimed at children during their first read if they didn't already know, and if so, why? Secondly, do you think that your opinion of the book was affected after knowing that it's aimed at kids?