Thorin Thursday: Immersing Myself in “The Hobbit” (abridged), 1/26/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #115)

Between writing my 50+ fiction love stories in rotation, tending to my own love story in rotation (Ha!), blogging here, “adminning” an RA Fan discussion site in Facebook, working, volunteering, returning to my doctoral studies to work on my dissertation research project, and with only my hubby’s crumbling paperback copy of “The Hobbit” in my possession, what’s a busy gal like me with no “free” time to do?  Look for abridged versions of “The Hobbit”, of course.

So today, I offer two abridged “The Hobbit” options in that regard–neither of which have I read or listened to fully yet, as pertains to the suitability of their content–with a disclaimer that I promise to read the full version of “The Hobbit” book before the movie premiere, 11 months from now.  Ha!  Enjoy!

  1.  I have a 218 page electronic pdf of “The Hobbit” that I can read, but scrolling down a computer screen just doesn’t do it for me.  I like to feel the pages between my fingers–the tactile nature of reading a book in one’s hands is part of the experience for me–I’m a flipper and fanner.  However, this little gem of a web site – – has what is no doubt an abridged version of “The Hobbit” book (at 173 pages in a large font size) for reading.  And, the screen looks like the pages of a book that you flip–way cool!  I know that you Kindle type folks out there are going, “I’ve been flipping for years”.  To that I say, you better rephrase that.  Ha!  So, here is that link to for “The Hobbit” book (abridged) online [(2) graphic right and reading below].

“The Hobbit” by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Free Download   (the main book description page)  (the first page of “The Hobbit”)

  1.  Admittedly, even the above abridged “The Hobbit” read will take you a while.  So, do you have 3 hrs and 40 minutes to spare on a weekend?  Then the following three part abridged reading of “The Hobbit” by Nicol Williamson is just right for you–or at least this version will tide us over until Richard Armitage who portrays the fierce Thorin Oakenshield [(3) right] in “The Hobbit” film, voices “The Hobbit” audio book (hint hint to Naxos AudioBooks, pretty please):

“The Hobbit” Audio Book – Part I of III by ThrobnWood [(4)] — 1 hour 19 minutes

“The Hobbit” Audio Book – Part II of III by ThrobnWood [(5)] — 1 hour 13 minutes

“The Hobbit Audio Book – Part III of III by ThrobnWood [(6) — 1 hour 8 minutes


(1)    The MSOffice Clip Art  illustration of a woman “burning the candle at both ends” is supposed to reflect someone trying to do too much.  And although I like navy colors in my clothes and my hips might be considered zaftig–by me, anyway–this woman doesn’t really “look” like me.  My hair is longer.  Ha!|mt:0|

(2)    The Hobbit Book Graphic from  and links to the book as also noted above:   (the main book description page); and  (the first page of “The Hobbit”)

(3)    Richard Armitage in costume as Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” from the 4th Production Video courtesy of RANet at

(4)    “The Hobbit” Audio Book – Part I of III by ThrobnWood

(5)    “The Hobbit Audio Book – Part II of III by ThrobnWood

(6)    “The Hobbit Audio Book – Part III of III by ThrobnWood


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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5 Responses to Thorin Thursday: Immersing Myself in “The Hobbit” (abridged), 1/26/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #115)

  1. kathryngaul says:

    Is there any way you could listen to the unabridged audiobook? I downloaded it from Amazon and put it onto 9 discs – part 1 needs 4 CDs and part 2 5 CDs. but then I don’t have a partner so I can listen to it at night because I don’t sleep very well. Like Angie, I have Fibromyalgia and that comes with a sleep disorder for most people. I find listening to audiobooks very relaxing – it’s better than just lying there for hours, worrying about when I’m going to get to sleep and stay asleep!

    It’s a wonderful story so even the abridged version should give you a sense of what goes on in the book. Matthew read the book (and the LOTR ones) when he was 11 but I didn’t get around to it at that time. I’ve just downloaded the unabridged audiobook of “The Two Towers” from YouTube so I’ll be trying to transfer that to CD tomorrow.

    It’s 9.15pm Thrusday here so I’m now going to watch another episode of “Doctor Who” series 1 with Christopher Eccleston. I gave series 1 and 2 to Matthew for christmas so now it’s my turn to watch the DVDs! That’s the beauty of having a son who likes some similar books and television programs – we can swap!


    • Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks for your note. I hope to listen to this abridged audio book version to prime the pump as I continue to read the full version. Unfortunately–or perhaps fortunately (Ha!)–I don’t have a long commute into work where I could listen to 17 hours of “The Hobbit”.
      Enjoy watching “Dr. Who”. That Brit show was never shown consistently in the States. So I never got into the habit of watching it. And these days, I don’t watch tv–I’m more into my writing. If I want do want to watch a movie, I pop the dvd into my laptop–or download it from iTunes as a rental–and watch it there.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. kathryngaul says:

    typo alert – “Christmas”


  3. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati,
    Now nobody has an excuse to not read The Hobbit in the next 11 months!
    Regarding to audiobooks, my personal experience is funny because they meant to be replacements for paper books but in my case it doesn’t happen. I need the printed text to accompany the voice narration, plus the translated version in my own language – three versions of the same book, LOL. Not to mention that audiobooks can be abridged, so I get lost when the story jumps a few phrases or whole paragraphs…
    In truth I only have two of them, all voiced by our dear velvety deep baritone reader, Venetia and Lords of the North. I could not wish a most delicious sound. *sigh* And how he can do different voices for all characters! A gifted storyteller, as you always say, in the real meaning of the word.


  4. Good morning Fabi,
    I’m the same way. I love having multiple copies of texts–or movies for that matter. I think between my hubby and I we have three large sets of Shakespeare’s collected works and a few books of just the sonnets. Then on the film side, I have several dvds of different “Pride and Prejudice” productions alone–Oliver/Dunne, a 70’s version, Firth/Ehle, and McFayden/Knightley.

    And as for audiobooks, I adore Richard Armitage as storyteller–having listened to “Venetia” and “The Convenient Marriage”. I really want him to portray either Lord Dameral or Lord Rule in a live action production some day. I also hope to buy the “Lords of the North” audio book. And finally, I have listened to Mr. Armitage’s voicing of “Clarissa” in the BBC Radio production. Though, of course, as Robert Lovelace he was completely despicable–as was appropriate for that character.

    So, I look forward to returning to reading the full text of “The Hobbit”. Today’s post is to whet people’s appetite and hopefully jump start their own interest in reading it.

    Cheers! Grati ;->


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