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Famous First Lines?

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Much like the first impression of a person, the first line of a book can tell you almost everything you need to know about your imminent literary journey. What novels have captivated you with a single sentence? For extra credit, go ahead...

Much like the first impression of a person, the first line of a book can tell you almost everything you need to know about your imminent literary journey. What novels have captivated you with a single sentence?

For extra credit, go ahead and choose a sound or video as the accompanying media that you think conveys the tone of the opening sentence, or how you feel when reading it.
Allyson Gronowitz
Feb 24, 2015
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Taylor Russo - The Shire - Lord of the Rings
Allyson Gronowitz

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

Oxford philologist J. R. R. Tolkien wasn't exactly a stranger to the flourishes and intricacies of language, which is why the opening sentence of The Hobbit is so compelling in its simplicity. In ten words, Professor Tolkien sets the stage for the epic adventure tale that became singlehandedly responsible for the resurgence of the fantasy genre and for tourism in New Zealand. Yet it all began in a hole in the ground-- and Taylor Russo's sweet, now-iconic "Shire" theme is all I hear when my imagination conjures up the scene of the hobbit hole as home.
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