It’s the first of December, and as you fellow fantasy-lovers probably know, “The Hobbit” hits theatres in less than two weeks. If you’re like me, you’re wondering just what Peter Jackson is doing to create three movies out of Tolkien’s classic. And frankly, I know there’s a lot of us out there who love to reread a favorite book before a new movie adaptation. But with Christmas, end of semester, finals, and work commitments, it’s hard to imagine having time to finish reading by December 14th (or, if you’re lucky to live in the UK, December 13th).
I sat down last night to work out just how many pages you would have to read if you started tomorrow. That’s 12 days. Good news! You only have to read about 25 pages per day to finish the book in time. I went ahead and broke the pages down into chapter sections, and I’ve outlined them below. Share the image with your friends and family who might be interested joining with you on the read-along, and let’s get reading The Hobbit tomorrow.
Luckily for us, The Hobbit is a much faster read than The Lord of the Rings, so a chapter or two a day will only take about 30 minutes of your time. Plus, this agenda allows an extra day to scope through the appendices after Return of the King. Since Peter Jackson is adding a lot of material (supposedly) about ousting Sauron from Mirkwood, and they’re framing this movie to make sense to people who saw “Lord of the Rings” first, reading the appendices will help place The Hobbit in line with Lord of the Rings story-wise.
Everyday I’ll post a short recap of that day’s chapter(s) for those who maybe don’t have time to actually read but want a Spark Note’s style rundown of the novel before the movie comes out. Look for these recaps around 8pm GMT (3pm EST, 2pm CST, etc). And for those of you reading along, hit the comments each day to discuss that chapter. I’ll be seeing the movie on the 13th, but to save spoilers, I’ll post the movie recap on Friday afternoon. Once you’ve seen the movie, come back here and talk about the changes Jackson made and what you think!
Sound like fun? Share the Read-along image via Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter and don’t forget to come back everyday for recaps and discussions. Let’s have fun rereading The Hobbit!