I have been musing about the validity of the book The Hobbit. What an extremely intriguing
book, and how easy to read. The book incorporates the motiffs and
descriptions of underground worlds and their occupants; it is almost
instructional in this regard. For example, it passes on to us that that trolls can't bear the sun,
that goblins and dwarves engage in mining activities, and another good one
is the hidden stone doors along the sides of mountains.

This last one reminds me of the stone door or gate the the children who followed the Pied Piper of Hamlin passd through.

The Hobbit is worth reading.


List Members,

What I like so much
about the Tolkien material is that it introduces and defines all the
different types of underground creatures and their habitat. For example,
Chapter Three of The Hobbit wherein it speaks of the goblins and their cavern
world underneath the mountain. This description of the cavern world of the
goblins reminds me much of the story of Mt. Moncayo and the shepherd that wandered in.

Tolkien is fiction based on folklore, but folklore exists for a reason, if you know what I mean.

I think that wandering around in the deep cavern worlds is akin to wandering around on the surface without knowing which neighborhood you are about to walk into.