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The Wisdom of the Shire
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Noble Smith is an award-winning playwright who has worked as a video game writer, a documentary film executive producer, and the media director of an international human rights foundation. He is author of the novella Stolen from Gypsies and the novel Sons of Zeus, the first book in the Warrior Trilogy. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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"I haven't had too many 'Personal Gollums' in my life but the next time I happen upon one I will take Noble Smith's book out and thumb through it like a manual. My only fear is that I will find someone doing the same thing to figure out how to deal with me. Such a fun book!"--Ty Burrell, Emmy winning star of "Modern Family" "Good books transport us, great books transform us. Noble Smith was clearly transformed by reading J. R. R. Tolkien's classic novels, and this book is the delightful result. It's a humorous but impassioned celebration of enduring values, worthy sacrifices, and simple pleasures. You can't beat that combination, either in the novels or in this irresistible homage."--Mark Salzman, author of "Iron and Silk"

"How to live long and prosper, Hobbit-style. ... A life-affirming, must-have morsel for Tolkien's colossal fan base."
--"Kirkus Reviews""Delves into Middle-earth to show us how Tolkien can instruct us how to live a better life on Regular-earth." --"The Boston Globe""""Smith urges hobbit-wannabes to embrace the original small-is-beautiful lifestyle -- grow your own food, walk everywhere. And sing. Even to love Tolkien-style!" --"USA Today""A definitive guide to Tolkien's worldview." --"Wired.com""A splendidly fun guide to life . . . a constant companion. I'd recommend it to anyone!" --"TheHobbitMovie.co.uk""Previous readers of Tolkien may suddenly crave a reread of their favorite passages (or favorite books!), and those who have never cracked the spine of "The Hobbit" or "The Lord of the Rings "might suddenly have the urge to curl up with one of the books after having read "The Wisdom of the Shire.""--"Middle-earth News""Funny, insightful, thought provoking and a thoroughly enjoyable read." --"TheOneRing.net""""Noble Smith reminds us that we can all be as constantly surprising as the Hobbits."
--Peter S. Beagle, author of "The Last Unicorn" and the introduction to "The Lord of the Rings
""I haven't had too many 'Personal Gollums' in my life but the next time I happen upon one I will take Noble Smith's book out and thumb through it like a manual. My only fear is that I will find someone doing the same thing to figure out how to deal with me. Such a fun book!"
--Ty Burrell, Emmy winning star of "Modern Family
""Good books transport us, great books transform us. Noble Smith was clearly transformed by reading J. R. R. Tolkien's classic novels, and this book is the delightful result. It's a humorous but impassioned celebration of enduring values, worthy sacrifices, and simple pleasures. You can't beat that combination, either in the novels or in this irresistible homage."
--Mark Sal


"Noble Smith reminds us that we can all be as constantly surprising as the Hobbits."
--Peter S. Beagle, author of "The Last Unicorn" and the introduction to "The Lord of the Rings
""I haven't had too many 'Personal Gollums' in my life but the next time I happen upon one I will take Noble Smith's book out and thumb through it like a manual. My only fear is that I will find someone doing the same thing to figure out how to deal with me. Such a fun book!" --Ty Burrell, Emmy winning star of "Modern Family
""Good books transport us, great books transform us. Noble Smith was clearly transformed by reading J. R. R. Tolkien's classic novels, and this book is the delightful result. It's a humorous but impassioned celebration of enduring values, worthy sacrifices, and simple pleasures. You can't beat that combination, either in the novels or in this irresistible homage." --Mark Salzman, author of "Iron and Silk
""How to live long and prosper, Hobbit-style. ... A life-affirming, must-have morsel for Tolkien's colossal fan base."--"Kirkus Reviews""""A definitive guide to Tolkien's worldview." --Wired.com"Smith urges hobbit-wannabes to embrace the original small-is-beautiful lifestyle --grow your own food, walk everywhere. And sing. Even to love Tolkien-style!" --"USA Today""""Delves into Middle-earth to show us how Tolkien can instruct us how to live a better life on Regular-earth." --"The Boston Globe""Funny, insightful, thought-provoking, and a thoroughly enjoyable read." --TheOneRing.net


Noble Smith reminds us that we can all be as constantly surprising as the Hobbits. "Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and the introduction to The Lord of the Rings" I haven't had too many 'Personal Gollums' in my life but the next time I happen upon one I will take Noble Smith's book out and thumb through it like a manual. My only fear is that I will find someone doing the same thing to figure out how to deal with me. Such a fun book! "Ty Burrell, Emmy winning star of Modern Family" Good books transport us, great books transform us. Noble Smith was clearly transformed by reading J. R. R. Tolkien's classic novels, and this book is the delightful result. It's a humorous but impassioned celebration of enduring values, worthy sacrifices, and simple pleasures. You can't beat that combination, either in the novels or in this irresistible homage. "Mark Salzman, author of Iron and Silk" How to live long and prosper, Hobbit-style. A life-affirming, must-have morsel for Tolkien's colossal fan base. "Kirkus Reviews" A definitive guide to Tolkien's worldview. "Wired.com" Smith urges hobbit-wannabes to embrace the original small-is-beautiful lifestyle --grow your own food, walk everywhere. And sing. Even to love Tolkien-style! "USA Today" Delves into Middle-earth to show us how Tolkien can instruct us how to live a better life on Regular-earth. "The Boston Globe" Funny, insightful, thought-provoking, and a thoroughly enjoyable read. "TheOneRing.net""


"Noble Smith reminds us that we can all be as constantly surprising as the Hobbits." --Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and the introduction to The Lord of the Rings"I haven't had too many 'Personal Gollums' in my life but the next time I happen upon one I will take Noble Smith's book out and thumb through it like a manual. My only fear is that I will find someone doing the same thing to figure out how to deal with me. Such a fun book!" --Ty Burrell, Emmy winning star of Modern Family"Good books transport us, great books transform us. Noble Smith was clearly transformed by reading J. R. R. Tolkien's classic novels, and this book is the delightful result. It's a humorous but impassioned celebration of enduring values, worthy sacrifices, and simple pleasures. You can't beat that combination, either in the novels or in this irresistible homage." --Mark Salzman, author of Iron and Silk"How to live long and prosper, Hobbit-style. ... A life-affirming, must-have morsel for Tolkien's colossal fan base." --Kirkus Reviews"A definitive guide to Tolkien's worldview." --Wired.com"Smith urges hobbit-wannabes to embrace the original small-is-beautiful lifestyle --grow your own food, walk everywhere. And sing. Even to love Tolkien-style!" --USA Today"Delves into Middle-earth to show us how Tolkien can instruct us how to live a better life on Regular-earth." --The Boston Globe"Funny, insightful, thought-provoking, and a thoroughly enjoyable read." --TheOneRing.net

Smith, a playwright and film producer, shrewdly connects spiritual writing to the popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy work, likely to crest once again with the release of the first of three movies based on The Hobbit. While charming, the book falls somewhat victim to the dangers of spirituality-from-a-book thinking: since Tolkien's book was not (explicitly not, since Tolkien was a devout Christian) scripture, but a narrative, it occasionally strains credulity to draw conclusions from the hobbits' adventures. Nor does Smith present especially deft literary criticism. VERDICT A sweet offering unlikely to stand up to careful analysis, this is nonetheless a fine companion to the Hobbit movies for the fantasy reader or spiritual seeker. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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