The Hobbit: Writing and Punctuating Dialogue: Warm Up
Dialogue Formatting Notice/Wonder
Read the interaction between Bilbo and Gandalf when they first meet in Chapter 1 of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. (This is found in attached excerpt from the last full paragraph on page 14 to the first full paragraph on page 18.)
As you read, notice where Tolkien places quotation marks. Where does he place them?
What do you notice about different punctuation marks such as commas, periods, exclamation and question marks?
What do you notice about when words are, or are not capitalized?
When does Tolkien indent new paragraphs?
What do you wonder about? What questions do you have?