54 great opening lines: 35

When Mr Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

*****

There couldn’t be a better start to a sequel to The Hobbit.

6 thoughts on “54 great opening lines: 35

    • Wow, it’s good to read that Tolkien’s books changed your life. They didn’t have that effect on me, but many other novels did, and they were also by English authors. My favourites.

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