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A nice pickle they were all in now: all neatly tied up in sacks, with three angry trolls (and two with burns and bashes to remember) sitting by them, arguing whether they should roast [the dwarves] slowly, or mince them fine and boil them, or just sit on them one by one and squash them into jelly; and Bilbo up in a bush, with his clothes and his skin torn, not daring to move for fear they should hear him

–Chapter Two, The Hobbit

It took a week for my son and I to read the first chapter of The Hobbit. This is largely due to the fact that we had a number of long days and were getting to bed past bedtime. His eyes would close after only a few paragraphs. Other nights, he wanted to re-read our favourite scene before moving on with the story. It was slow going.

We read chapter two, however, in one night.

It makes sense why. There’s a lot less talk about hobbit halls and what’s in the pantry. Instead, there are trolls. And what’s more, there are trolls who call one another liars and boobies. We giggle about things like this, but in the end, we are glad that Gandalf gets the best of those brutes.

Enjoy this audio recording of the troll scene narrated by Rob Inglis.

Recorded Books produced a complete and unabridged recording of The Hobbit. It’s eleven hours of excellence. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is also available, complete and unabridged and narrated by Inglis as well.

Let me know what you think!