First-Line Friday {“Small” Edition}: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Hello, friends, and happy Friday!
It’s First-Line Friday! 🙂 Since it’s a short month, we’re featuring “short books,” either in length or content or something else.
Mine is something else. 🙂
I’m featuring The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Have you read it? It is so much fun – such a delight – and adds depth to The Lord of the Rings. The “small” part of this selection is, of course, the hobbit himself. 🙂
The Book:
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
First Line:
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.
(This book has been in my mind lately because, at a nearby library, I recently discovered the *unabridged* – that’s important to me! 🙂 – audio version of The Lord of the Rings, performed/read by a fantastic actor Rob Inglis. This beautiful story has accompanied me for the past few weeks on the very long roads of the rural area in which I live – an area where “the roads go ever on and on.” I highly recommend it!)
What are you reading this week, friends? Or is there a “short” book whose first line you’d like to share?
Grace and peace,
Alicia Ruggieri

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  1. Susan Dyer February 2, 2018 @ 9:22 am

    Happy Friday!

    This week my FLF comes from Still Me by JoJo Moyes.

    It was the moustache that reminded me I was no longer in England: a solid, grey millipede firmly obscuring the man’s upper lip; a Village People moustache, a cowboy moustache, the miniature head of a broom that meant business.

    Have a great weekend and stay warm!

  2. Anneliese February 2, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    I loved the movie! The books are usually much, much better. More details. On my blog, I’m featuring Serendipity by one of my favorite authors, Cathy Marie Hake. Here, I’d like to share a line from the 30th chapter of The Captivating lady by Carolyn Miller, which is the book I’m currently reading. “The hope filling his heart leaked out the next day when he saw the way Charlotte barely looked at him.” May you enjoy a blessed, joyful, and restful weekend.

  3. Kara February 2, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    SUCH a fabulous first paragraph! Whenever I read it, it just engulfs me with warm fuzzies and makes me grin. Loved this story! Tolkien really is an amazing storyteller…

  4. Becky Smith February 2, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Kizzie’s Kisses by Zina Abbott:

    “Kizzie Atwell felt her breathing become more labored.”

  5. Suzie February 2, 2018 @ 11:25 am

    My first thought when I saw your post was “that’s not a short book.” Nice spin on the short theme 😉

    Here’s are the first couple lines of a Love Inspired Suspense I finished recently but haven’t featured: Her head throbbed and grogginess gripped her. She rocked as if on giant waves. (from Thread of Revenge by Elizabeth Goddard.

    Happy Friday!

  6. bettylouise31 February 2, 2018 @ 12:39 pm

    On my blog I am showcasing one of my favorite author’book that Informs hoe word can effect a person perception of an event or person. I am reading THE AWKWARD SQUAD by Sophie Henaff The FL is “Paris, August 9, 2012 Anne Capestan was standing at her kitchen window waiting for dawn to arrive. She drained her mug in one gulp and set it down on the shiny green tablecloth. She had just drunk her last coffee as a police officer. Or had she?”

  7. Heather February 3, 2018 @ 8:56 am

    I love this book!! And of course, I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 🙂 Have you seen the films? If not, you would love them. Happy Saturday!

    • alicia grace February 6, 2018 @ 4:28 pm

      Yes, Heather, I *love* the films!! Coming across the audiobook version sent me back to the films… again! Haha! They are so good ~ and so encouraging to me as Christian!

  8. Nicole February 3, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first lines from the three novellas in A Night in Grosvenor Square. It’s a new Timeless Regency Collection. I’m 1/2 way done, and I’m loving it so much. Currently, I’m starting chapter 5 in the second story, so I’ll share that first line here:

    “In spite of Anne’s attempts to distract herself from thoughts of Davis Whitledge, hours of repetitive work allowed her mind to drift.”

    • alicia grace February 6, 2018 @ 4:29 pm

      Love a good Regency story! Those sound good, Nicole.

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