23 Apr 2010

Concerning Books On World Book and Copyright Day

"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 on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." (extract from The Hobbit- An Unexpected Party - by J.R.R.Tolkien)

April 23 is UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day . Today we pay tribute to book and authors and we should encourage everyone, especially young people, to pick up a book and read to discover the magic and enchantment of literature. The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold...and Hobbits love roses :) Any book is a 'good' book but I would encourage you to read or introduce young people to Tolkien's book or fairy-stories which he loved.

"I have been a lover of fairy-stories since I learned to read, and have at times thought about them, I have not studied them professionally. I have been hardly more than a wandering explorer (or trespasser) in the land full of wonder...." (On Fairy-Stories J.R.R.Tolkien)

In the perilous land of Middle-Earth created by Professor Tolkien the reader will encounter all sorts of strange things : from incredible beauty and enchantment to ever-present evil and darkness. In this World one can wander and explore. Today the very fast way we live our lives often leave little time for reading books as we are easily distracted by technology and moving images . The written words, books and tales are tools men (and Hobbits) have used to develop and progress , but also to escape and record, so today we celebrate literature and what it meant for us. Professor Tolkien was an advocate of reading and of books, he strongly believed it is very important for children to read , especially fairy-stories.

"Their books like their clothes should allow for growth, and their books at any rate should encourage it." (On Fairy-Stories J.R.R.Tolkien)

Happy Reading Hobbits! :)