It was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Posted June 23, 2012 by Heather in Read-alongs / 17 Comments

Puttin' the Blog in Balrog button

It’s time to put the blog in Balrog, baby! Today kicks off the Lord of the Rings (re)readalong being hosted by sj of Snobbery, and I am really excited about this one. My introduction to this series came in the form of cartoon movies that I watched with my dad when I was a little kid. Then I read the books when I was ten-eleven-twelve (I can’t remember exactly). I haven’t read the series since then, so I’m going to feel like I’m reading them for the first time (no, I haven’t seen the most recent movie adaptations).

If you’re interested in joining us–anyone is welcome–here are a few links where you can find more information about the readalong, the reading schedule, and some fantastic posts about The Silmarillion, which sj was nice enough to summarize for those of us who haven’t read it and don’t intend to anytime soon. She rocks!

Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog, main page
(includes reading schedule)

“Why You Probably Shouldn’t Read The Silmarillion”:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Middle-earth, here I come! Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

(Credits: The readalong button above was designed by sj, and the blog title is a line from The Hobbit.)


  • When I was in high school in the 70’s, my friends and I formed a Tolkien Society reading the books and having hobbit dinners. One of my friends made us all Gandulf symbols in jewelry class to wear. So much fun.

    • That’s FANTASTIC–I would have loved to have been a part of something like that. Thanks for sharing!

  • sj

    Thanks for all the pings! I haven’t had much time to read today, yet, but I plan on locking myself in my room after dinner (husband is making lasagne!) and reading until I fall into a food coma.

    • Mmmm… lasagne… *rubs belly and drools a little*

      Make sure you eat a few extra bites for me!

      • sj


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  • I’ve heard so much about Lord of the Rings from my boys who have been watching the series on TV, though I only half listen to them. I wish you an enjoyable read, Heather.

    • Thank you, Celestine! It’s a great series, as far as the books go. I hope your boys are enjoying it on TV!

  • Good luck! I seriously don’t know how you find the time to do all this reading. Looking forward to reading about your trek through Middle-earth!

    • Well, I don’t watch TV, and I’ve really limited my screen time computer-wise. That really helps. Also, my kids are grown enough to entertain themselves most of the time, so that helps, too.

      • Ah yes….grown children. As much as I yearn for more me time, I am thoroughly enjoying my 3 year old. I keep reminding myself that the day will come when I won’t be the center of his world, so I may as well enjoy it now!

        • Karen, I’m the same way. At some point, I’m going to look back and lament the fact I never watch Dora anymore 😛

          • Haha! I read a great quote in a pregnancy book when I was expecting “The days are long but the years are short”. It comes back to me every so often with my son. Thanks for visiting.

          • Re: the days and years — SO true. I just hope I remember enough of it to enjoy it in hindsight.

          • Oops, I meant, thanks for replying. I’m sure Heather appreciates the visit 🙂

          • Haha! I do!

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