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The Wisdom of the Shire

A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life

By Noble Smith

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A fun guide to applying the wisdom of The Hobbit to everyday life.

Coinciding with the release of the first of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, his follow-up to the huge Lord of the Rings success, The Wisdom of the Shire is a practical and fun guide - for Tolkien fans everywhere - showing us how to apply the wisdom of The Hobbit to our everyday lives.


Hobbits are those small but brave little people, whose courage, integrity and loyalty allow them to triumph against odds that might appear overwhelming to the rest of us. Noble Smith has long believed there is much we can learn from Frodo's determination, Bilbo's sense of homeliness, Sam's fierce allegiance, and Merry and Pippin's love of food and fun. Like The Tao of Pooh, The Wisdom of the Shire is the first book to show Tolkien fans just how much there is to learn from those small but brave little people - the Hobbits.


Packed with amusing insights and fascinating trivia, this fun and insightful guide is all you need to complete your quest in life, and cast your cares into the fires of Mordor.


Visit Noble Smith's blog for more on Hobbits, The Lord of the Rings and all things Tolkien at www.shirewisdom.com.

Biographical Notes

Noble Smith is an award-winning playwright, video game writer and author of the fantasy novella Stolen from Gypsies. He is the former media director of an international human rights foundation where he served as executive producer of feature-length documentaries, including the highly praised 'Protagonist' and 'Neither Memory Nor Magic' 'featuring the voice of Viggo Mortensen'. Noble has been a Tolkien devotee since childhood, and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.

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  • ISBN: 9781444759648
  • Publication date: 08 Nov 2012
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
The Wisdom Of The Shire is here to remind us that we can all be as constantly surprising as the Hobbits - even to ourselves. — Peter S. Beagle, author of the introduction to The Lord of the Rings
A splendidly fun guide to life - the book reads splendidly and is currently a constant companion. It has a beautiful cover and is really well presented - I'd recommend it to anyone! — www.thehobbitmovie.co.uk
A definitive guide to Tolkien's worldview ... Everywhere you look in The Wisdom of the Shire, there's a wise word or clever connection between Tolkien's fantasy myth and the real world. — www.wired.com
Funny, insightful, thought provoking and a thoroughly enjoyable read. — TheOneRing.net
Noble writes in an enthusiastic, unintimidating, blog-like style, chatty and approachable... The writer is clearly a fan of the books and his enthusiasm is infectious — SFF World
I found Wisdom of the Shire a great read... it does make you stop, wonder and do a bit of self reflecting as well... It's time to Hobbit-up your life and make it just that much better! — The Book Plank
A practical and fun guide for Tolkien fans everywhere... Packed with amusing insights and fascinating trivia, this fun and insightful guide is all you need to complete your quest in life and cast your cares into the fires of Mordor. — Watkins Mind Body Spirit (Winter Issue)
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