I have never been a lover of the fantasy genre, and a copy of this book and I never crossed paths when I was a child. But many years later as an adult, I decided that this novel was a necessary read. However, when I realized that the hero of the piece was a stunted, gnomish little man WITH HAIRY FEET I couldn't go any further. If that makes me shallow then so be it! Just imagining those feet put me off poor Bilbo Baggins so much that I had to put it back on the shelf for the hardier, more imaginative readers.
Now I can let Bilbo alone and instead imagine Thorin as my hero! Yes, I know he's a dwarf! It will be interesting to see how movie magic can make a 6'2" dreamboat look like a dwarf! But that's okay, 'cause I'll be front row and centre when it hits the theatres to stare at Mr. Armitage in all his big screen glory!See a much better rendering of Richard as Thorin here!
Just please... don't give him hairy feet!