Book Cover, The HobbitThe Hobbit is coming this month! I don’t usually go to movie theaters any more, but this is one movie I want so see as soon as it comes out. (Come to think of it, the last one I saw in a theater was The Return of the King.)

I first read the book sometime in the 1950’s, when my uncle brought copies of all four Tolkien books from England before they were even on sale in the United States. Most of my original copies were lost in the fire, though I still have The Return of the King. In honor of the movie, and because I dearly love Tolkien, most of the rest of the twitter quotes this month are from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. But could you tell from where in the original book each quote came?

“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing  uncomfortable things!” Bilbo’s initial response to Gandalf’s idea of sending him on an adventure .

“Profitable too, very likely, if you ever get over it.” Gandalf is still trying to argue Bilbo into helping the dwarves.

“Of course there is a mark. I put it there myself.” Gandalf, when the dwarves and Bilbo are arguing over whether there is a mark on Bilbo’s door meaning “burglar looking for work.”

“What am I going to get out of it? And am I going to come back alive?” What Bilbo means by asking about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth.

“He found that he had come without a pocket-handkerchief.” Bilbo’s discovery when he joins the dwarves.

“Adventures are not all pony-rides in May sunshine.” Bilbo and the dwarves are hitting their first rainy spell with no houses in sight.

“He wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or terrified.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Roi, his esper training barely started, has just been told to help Derik contact his father.

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