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In a hole in the ground

30 March 2014

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

First line of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien,


5 Comments to “In a hole in the ground”

  1. Truly, one of the greatest opening lines in the history of literature.

  2. Love it!

    I must confess, much as I enjoyed LotR, much as I admire it, I’ve always loved The Hobbit more.

  3. Yes, I also enjoyed the books. Very fine mythmaking.

  4. I’m in the middle of reading it for the umpteenth time. 🙂

    • I’m jealous!

      My tattered paperback is hidden in a moving box somewhere. My beautiful slip-covered hardback…where is that thing, anyway? And I don’t have The Hobbit in ebook.

      Hmm…time to go check the ebook price on Amazon! 😀

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