The Misty Mountains

With “The Hobbit” movie coming out soon, I am feeling Tolkien-minded as I look at this picture of the ascent of Carrantuohill in Ireland.  If you stretch your imagination  a bit, you can almost see Bilbo Baggins and his dwarf companions as they make their way on their great adventure.

“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.” (Gandalf)
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” (Bilbo)
―    J.R.R. Tolkien,    The Hobbit

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”
―    J.R.R. Tolkien,    The Hobbit

Now I have put myself quite in a mind to re-read The Hobbit.  For about the seventh time, but that’s ok, right?  🙂  Slainte, Lisa

14 thoughts on “The Misty Mountains

    • I would totally be there! Didn’t they used to have one at Nags Head…I think it’s Tortuga’s Lie now….what did it used to be called, do you remember?

    • The movie looks great. My book is now off the bookshelf and sitting here by my computer…can’t wait till tonight…bedtime and reading time….:)


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    Enjoy the upcoming movie trailers! 😀
    “Why the hobbit, why Bilbo Baggins?”-Galadriel
    “Maybe it is because I’m afraid…..and he gives me courage.”-Gandalf the Grey

  2. Ooh. Now you’ve made me want to read it again. And see the movie! By the way…at the risk of sounding totally ignorant, would these be the Misty Mountains that Led Zeppelin sang about?

    • Ok, now I’m going to show my ignorance and say that I’ve never listened to Led Zeppelin much, so I don’t know…. 🙂 But Bilbo & the dwarves had to cross the Misty Mountains in the book….Bilbo finds the ring in the caves under the mountains. Some think that since Plant was a huge fan of Tolkien stuff, that he was referencing it in the song. Thanks for writing!

      • Haha…that’s okay. I was growing up in the seventies when they were big. In fact, I actually got to see them in concert in 1975. There is a reference to Mordor and Gollum in another one of their songs, called “Ramble On.” I never really thought about “Misty Mountain Hop” being a reference to Tolkein.

      • Jeff, I started re-reading The Hobbit last night, and it’s amazing how quick Tolkien pulls me into the whole “Middle Earth” thing. I personally think I would love to hang out with a hobbit. They seem pretty similar to me in temperment, and always seem to have an excessive amount of cakes and yummy nibblings that they pull out of pantries in their hobbit holes. 🙂

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