On one level, JRR Tolkien’s works, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, can be read as high fantasy tales; they feature elves, wizards, dragons, and armies of men and goblins fighting epic wars. But the books also show how one small person’s actions can change the fate of an entire world. Thus their broad appeal: whether you harbor dreams of slaying dragons or are content to be at home surrounded by friends and food, Tolkien’s writing has something for everyone. Director Peter Jackson ably captured Tolkien’s magic a decade ago with his film versions of “The Lord of the Rings,” and this December, he will present his take on “The Hobbit.” While we at the Library are excited to see what Jackson has up his sleeve, we encourage you to read the book before seeing the movie. “The Hobbit” is great for all ages, so accordingly, the Library will be presenting several programs in December. “Talking Tolkien” (December 13, 7 PM) is geared towards teens and adults; two college professors will lead a discussion on the writing and on translating the books to film. A Shire Faire (December 15 from 9 AM to 5 PM) will have crafts, snacks, magic and stories for all ages. We hope you will share this adventure with us!
Contributed by Teen Services Librarian and Head of Children's Services Geri Diorio