LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2009) - As fans of "The Hobbit" celebrate Bilbo Baggins' birth month, the public is invited to a reading of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic presented by the University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities.
The reading of "The Hobbit," given by Gaines Fellows, invited guests and volunteers, will run from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday, Sept. 21, on the lawn outside the Singletary Center for the Arts' northwest entrance on Euclid Avenue. After completing "The Hobbit," readers will begin Tolkien's other beloved classic, "The Lord of the Rings." Coffee will be served at various points throughout the reading. In the event of rain, the reading will move to the President's Room in the Singletary Center.
Written for his sons, Tolkien's "The Hobbit" follows the adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins. An average, upstanding "little person," Baggins is implored to take a dangerous journey by the wizard Gandalf the Grey and 13 fortune-seeking dwarves, who travel to the Lonely Mountains to reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. During their trek Baggins and the dwarves encounter giant spiders, hostile elves, wolves and a subterranean creature named Gollum. By the time Bilbo is able to return to his hobbit-hole, he is a changed man.
For more information on the public reading of "The Hobbit," contact Robert Rabel, director of the Gaines Center, at (859) 257-1537.