Bear didn't take to the Hobbit initially. He found it a little tough. The way language is used has changed in the years since the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings was written. Sentences are longer and more intricate and speech is snappier and much simpler. I think of the language of Lord of the Rings as like a stained glass window. Now I feel things are a lot plainer. It's not necessarily bad - I love the writing style of the Percy Jackson books and wish I could write half as well as the language is so well crafted, but it is different.
Tonight we finished Chapter 14 of the Hobbit, out of 19, and bear is completely enthralled. He is carried away by the poetry and the drama of it.
Tonight, after much persuasion, DH gave bear a copy of the Lord of the Rings and suggested he look through it for the poetry. Bear settled down and has read the first chapter. I hope he can manage. I hope he doesn't get to the complicated bits and is put off the book. As it is, bear has gone upstairs to have a nice think about it until he goes to sleep. That's not a bad thing.
We had the frittata which was very pleasant. Tomorrow it's another pasta sauce, so bear is happy.