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Drawing on The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other tales of Middle-earth, Smith shows how a snug hobbit-hole is actually just a state of mind and how even the smallest person can have the valor of a Rider of Rohan. He explores subjects dear to a halfling’s heart, such as beer, food, and friendship, as well as more serious concerns, such as courage, living in harmony with nature, and good versus evil.
How can simple pleasures such as gardening, taking long walks, and eating delicious meals with friends make you significantly happier? Why is the act of giving presents on your birthday instead of getting them such a revolutionary idea? And how can we carry the burden of our own "Ring of Power: without becoming devoured by it? The Wisdom of the Shire holds the answers to these and more of life’s essential questions.
Noble Smith is an award-winning playwright who has worked as a video game writer, documentary film producer, and media director of an international human-rights foundation.
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By Ingwe on 03-12-13
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If you are a fan of Tolkien, this is a very fun read. Applies the truths in the books/movies to today's life. Not really a self-help book, but contains truths we should all live by, along with interesting tidbits about Tolkien's life and writing.
I originally bought this audiobook as a gift for someone else. He raved about it, so I had to listen to it, and I totally agree with him.
At the end, there is a Hobbit Test to test your Hobbitishness.For example, you get points if you have ever called someone an "Orc" in anger. Great fun!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By Jon Coleman on 01-19-17
Great advice to move toward more simple living
Where does The Wisdom of the Shire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I really enjoyed it a lot and have listened to it more than once. So that's something considering there are still a few things I haven't gotten to yet. It's hard to compare it to other genres though. It doesn't have plot or twists or things of that nature like a novel. But it's very good.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wisdom of the Shire?
I particularly like the parts where he gave practical examples of ways he did things to follow the "Wisdom of the Shire"
Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?
There are no characters per se, so this doesn't really apply
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes very much so. I didn't quite make it but I did get most of the way through.
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While you can see a bit of politics creeping into the text, it's not heavy and it's only in a couple short spots. Overall it's a very good, inspiring book.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful