My 5-year-old insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl.
The first time she made this claim, I protested. Part of the fun of reading to your kids, after all, is in sharing the stories you loved as a child. And in the story I knew, Bilbo was a boy. A boy hobbit. (Whatever that entails.)
But my daughter was determined. She liked the story pretty well so far, but Bilbo was definitely a girl. So would I please start reading the book the right way? I hesitated. I imagined Tolkien spinning in his grave. I imagined mean letters from his testy estate. I imagined the story getting as lost in gender distinctions as dwarves in the Mirkwood.
Then I thought: What the hell, it’s just a pronoun. My daughter wants Bilbo to be a girl, so a girl she will be. And you know what? The switch was easy. Bilbo, it turns out, makes a terrific heroine. She’s tough, resourceful, humble, funny, and uses her wits to make off with a spectacular piece of jewelry. Perhaps most importantly, she never makes an issue of her gender—and neither does anyone else.
I’ll reblog this for forever
why are blonde jokes so short?
so men can remember them
this took an unexpected turn
Not if you just asked for directions.
It really doesn’t matter how big or how small they are, all cats are fucking adorable morons.
My mind is blown.
Here’s where she meets Prince Charming.
But she won’t discover
that it’s him till chapter three.
well played Disney
I think I may be gayer than originally planned
"An undersea volcano erupts off the coast of Tonga, sending plumes of steam, ash and smoke up to 100 meters into the air, on March 18, 2009, off the coast of Nuku’Alofa, Tonga."
Brand new and long awaited. But he’s back. April 21. [adult swim]
I love it how when Snape draws out his wand there are audible gasps but when Mcgonagall draws her wand there people are screaming out of the way.
He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
That is a very powerful story. Also, that really is an incredible price on apple juice.
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