The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life

The Wisdom of the Shire A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life In The Wisdom of the Shire Noble Smith sheds a 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 How can si

  • Title: The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life
  • Author: Noble Smith Peter S. Beagle
  • ISBN: 9781250038296
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds a 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.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 birthIn The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble Smith sheds a 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.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 What should you do when dealing with the Gollum in your life And how can we carry the burden of our own magic ring of power without becoming devoured by it The Wisdom of the Shire holds the answers to these and of life s essential questions.

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    About “Noble Smith Peter S. Beagle”

    1. Noble Smith Peter S. Beagle

      I am an award winning playwright, author, documentary film producer and interactive writer.My book The Wisdom of the Shire is published by Thomas Dunne Books St Martin s Press, and has been translated into 8 languages Kirkus Reviews praised it as A life affirming, must have morsel for Tolkien s colossal fan base My historical fiction action adventure Sons of Zeus is published by Thomas Dunne Books first in The Warrior Trilogy set in ancient Greece NYT bestselling authors Michael and Kathleen Gear described it as having Terrific action, with a wickedly brilliant plot, visceral combat, and nail biting treachery Sons of Zeus will be translated into Portuguese Novo Conceito and Greek Psichogios Publications.I m represented by Adam Chromy of Movable Type Management.

    235 thoughts on “The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life”

    1. If you are looking for a review where the reviewer overlooks niggling errors because the text is so inspiring, move on. If you are looking for a review where the reviewer fails to mention egregious errors regarding the source material, click on through- nothing to see here! If you've read many of my reviews, you know I'm a Tolkien, um, fan. I can see that Noble Smith is also a fan, but he's a fan in need of a fact-checker. Especially because of assholes like me, who get all twitchy the instant s [...]


    2. Alas, this is an audiobook for me because I just want to hug it to my chest and close my eyes repeatedly. Such sage advice, such interesting facts. It makes me want to read the trilogy for the fourth time


    3. 2.5 StarsHave you heard the following advice before? 1)Get more sleep by avoiding the internet before bed.2)Don’t let narcissistic and annoying people get to you.3)Enjoy healthier food.4)Money isn't everything. Enjoy your family and friends.Now combine this run-of-the-mill advice with a synopsis of Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit and some mediocre writing and you have a book. Just not a very good one. There is a slew of Tolkien-inspired books out there. They range From high fantasy with Middle-ea [...]


    4. This is one of those delightful little books that “does exactly what it says on the tin.” It explores the Shire and visits with the Hobbits who live there like old friends, as well as stopping by various other places in Middle Earth and introducing us to elves, wizards, dwarves, and even ents, as we get to know them better and discover exactly what it is that makes Hobbits so, well, Hobbit-ish.Hobbits, of course, are some of the best-loved characters in literature, and there is barely a pers [...]


    5. I hated this. I made it through the first three condescending chapters and a randomly selected chapter in the middle before returning it to the library. Its biggest failure is one of the worst mistakes an author can make: it does not know its audience. You do not need to retell The Hobbit to an audience of readers that chose to pick up a book called "Wisdom of the Shire". Clearly, that reader is already a superfan, and doesn't need to be reminded about the circumstances of Bilbo's departure from [...]


    6. This is a unique and engaging self-help book, perfect for any fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Noble Smith encourages readers to take a step back from their hectic lives and the many problems that they deal with on a day-to-day basis, and live in a more simplistic manner, just like the hobbits of Middle-Earth.Anyone who knows me knows that I have been completely enamored by the hobbits and their way of life ever since I first picked up Tolkien’s books. Good food and cheer, what cou [...]


    7. Itse kootut viisaudet olivat pahinta näennäisnerokastacoelhonallepuhhumanismia ("Kanna sormustasi vain niin kauan kuin tarpeelliselta tuntuu. Kun oikea hetkitulee, heitä se tuleen ja vapaudu taakastasi."), mutta muuten jorinat siitä mitä hyvää eläminen hobittityyliin voisi tarjota meille oli ihan mukavaa luettavaa. Kaksi ja puoli tähteä ja noiden luvun mietinnät sisältävien idioottitiivistysten takia siis vain kaksi.


    8. Е няма толкова малоумна книга!!! Честно. Да доиш Хобитът и ЛОТР - очевидно може, Питър Джаксън трети милиард вече трупа в банката ама това, дето го е направил този, е дебилно в най-добрия смисъл на думата. Четиво за отчаяни съпруги и нискоинтелигентни домакини, които биха чели [...]


    9. Uniquely original and profoundly thought-provoking, this fascinating perspective that draws from JRR Tolkien’s works is astonishing! Since childhood devouring ‘The Hobbit’ and other Tolkien’s works such as ‘The Silmarillion’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ I was naturally really excited, upon being presented with the opportunity of discovering Noble Smith’s ‘Wisdom of the Shire’ which contains references to JRR Tolkien’s epic creation. Journeying into the heart of the Shire and e [...]


    10. This review is for the audiobook version of The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith, read by Simon Vance.This book had me utterly charmed at the dedication, which is a hint at all the goodness that lies ahead. There is no way to put the book down after reading that gem. Much of the wisdom presented is common to 21st century denizens with any civic conscientiousness and environmental awareness- reuse, recycle, eat local, make nice with your own personal Gollum- but presented through the lens of Ho [...]


    11. Whether you're a well seasoned Tolkien fan, or brand new and just curious, this book is such a wonderful find. I've read quite a few "self help" books, but this definitely isn't like the rest. It doesn't point out your faults, but rather it goes back and forth telling stories and the author even sharing his own mishaps. When I was first introduced to Tolkien's lengendarium, all throughout my high school years, I wanted to be an Elf. Ethereal, graceful, beautiful, etc. But I was always dismayed b [...]


    12. I recently had the pleasure of reading Noble Smith’s The Wisdom of the Shire (“a short guide to a long and happy life”), which came out last month. Having heard many good things about this book from critics and fellow readers alike, I was more than eager to read it myself! In The Wisdom of the Shire, Noble pulls us away from the craziness of our own lives and sticks us in the heart of the Shire, where its Hobbit citizens live simple, yet rewarding lives, and whose Hobbit holes are the true [...]


    13. I received this book as an ARC from Goodread's First Reads program.while it's obviously helpful to know the basic story of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy while reading this to get the references, they are not required to get the life lessons Mr. Smith imparts as "wisdom of the Shire." I want to say I ascribe to almost everything that was suggested or have tried to in the past, which makes me feel a bit like a Hobbit, which is a compliment in my humble estimation. I've read the actu [...]


    14. Noble Smith rocks! This wonderful guide proves that practically all you need to know about how to live a moral, happy, and fulfilling life you can learn from hobbits and other inhabitants of Middle-earth. Smith points out the many things that have gone wrong with our lives and our world and then shows us how we can heal the wounds by living more like hobbits. We can replace selfish ambition with selfless service, greed with contentment and simplicity, lust with love, betrayal with faithfulness, [...]


    15. I don't review books regularly, or at all, to be fair. This is the first review I'm writing on here, but this book has earned it. It is a short, quick read, though you'll most likely want to take your time to read and let it all sink in. I have loved the melting together of two of my favorite things: Tolkien's work and life. This is a smoothly flowing, well-written book, that made me smile more than once, sometimes out of joy, other times out of melancholy, or because I recognized the advice giv [...]


    16. Simply put, this book is fantastic! I discovered this treasure on day at work, I've read it several times since! Noble's approaches to the Hobbit lifestyle is pure and a delight to read. It truly can help brighten ones day up, whether that involves you breaking into a song whilst eating a good hearty second breakfast, or spending a day barefooted in the garden sowing seeds! Perfect for both Tolkien fans and those looking for something different alike! I would recommend this book to anyone. So fo [...]


    17. I would recommend this book to anyone who is slightly interested in the Lord of the Rings series or Tolkien's works in general. This book was interesting, witty, and brought up a few good points about life in this modern society which we live in. So, I did enjoy it. The two problems I had with it were that sometimes it felt like an info-dump of the Lord of the Rings universe, and that the author repeated a lot of things to bring up a new point. Other than that, it was a fairly worthwhile read.


    18. It was ok, nothing new really. Maybe I've read too many books on the subject? I love all things Tolkien and having to do with the shire, Hobbits, etc. It was a sweet book, and I appreciate the author's love for everything having to do with the shire.


    19. Should have trusted my general dislike for self-help books. I was misled by the cover. I'm not saying it's a bad book, I'm just saying it's not a book I enjoyed, and I recommend it to Tolkien fans who also enjoy this sort of non - fiction books.


    20. A nice little books about getting back to a more simple life where one appreciates the beauty of nature and the joy of good company (while sharing ale and delicious food with them of course!). It gets a bit repetitive at times but it was a pretty enjoyable read.




    21. Instant favourite!!! I listened to the audiobook its short but full of real life lessons and values all gathered from J.R.R Tolkien's LOTR trilogy. Mainly from the hobbits themselves, however it is all encompassing with snippets from various creatures and characters in the saga. This book magnifies Tolkien's brilliance that he packed neatly away in his books, still awaiting to be discovered for decades after, and cherished by many who have already delved into his writings. It's something I will [...]


    22. Като цяло книгата е добра и със съвети с житейски характер. Харесва ми и основната идея на творбата. Тя обобщава събитията от книгите на Толкин и до голяма степен авторът разсъждава над действията и причините зад тях. Допада ми гледната точка и начинът на мислене на Ноубъл С [...]


    23. One of those "exactly what it says on the tin" books. Not that it was bad, I think I was just expecting more. If you're looking for your typical self-help "living simply" tips like a) get more sleep or, b) eat local foods and stuff you grow, or c) don't let negative people affect your life, and then peppering those tips with references or connections to Tolkien's works, than this is the book for you. Just not what I was looking for


    24. What a positively delightful book! It is heartwarming and encouraging all the way through. If this doesn't make you want the simple and beautiful life of a Hobbit, I don't know what will! A true joy to read.



    25. I think "condescending" is a good word to describe this book. I was originally going to pick "preachy" and that may also be a good word, but "condescending" definitely works, too.




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