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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (120 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Noble Smith Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside the classic works of J. R. R. Tolkien and his most beloved creation'the stouthearted Hobbits.

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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Helen Black | 1/29/2014

    " Lovely and made me want to read LOTR all over again! I am so a hobbit and am not ashamed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melliereed | 1/19/2014

    " Like all things Tolkien? Want a quick read that has something to do with The Lord of the Rings? Noble Smith's The Wisdom of the Shire will fill the bill for before bedtime decompression. It's fairly easy to follow along with short non-taxing chapters, filled with little back story tidbits from the actual LOTR books. But the basic structure is aimed towards those who have seen the three films rather than those who have read the books. Noble has a nice and easy way of sharing life comparison lessons that draw the reader into the ambient lighting of Tolkein's deeper work and each chapter ends with a 'wisdom of the shire thought' by Noble with the very apparent idea that they were meant to be 'quotable'. But since he leaves out much of the rich Christian background that permeates the trilogy and tries to take a secular view it leaves the dedicated reader who has done his Tolkienian homework feeling a little underfed. The book has a good intriguing pace until Noble's lack of complete thinking begins to taper off towards the end. Its as if he were straining to find the ending 'wisdom quotes' with enough 'zing' as one of my old English professors use to say. Nice time. I give it three stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by TaschaBear | 1/2/2014

    " A must read for anyone truly looking for simplifying and hobbit-fying your life. I have learned so much from this self-help book and the answers are honestly - simple. I will keep this book on my shelf for the rest of my long,hobbit life. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sydney | 11/17/2013

    " I haven't even finished this book and I am so completely enamored with it. Not only delving into the world of our favorite Shirelings, but also testing the waters of the Dwarves and the Elves too! A must for any fan of Tolkien. "

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About the Author
Author Noble Smith

Noble Smith is an author and award-winning playwright who has worked as a video-game writer, a documentary film executive producer, and the media director of an international human rights foundation. He is the author of the novella Stolen from Gypsies, the nonfiction book The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life, and the first book in the Warrior Trilogy, Sons of Zeus. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and children.