Call me Ishmael or In a Hole in The Ground there Lived a Hobbit.

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    These are both two very famous opening lines from two very famous classics.Which of these is the better opening line ? Were Tolkien and Melville trying to achieve the same thing ?
     
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    I would say that they were trying to achieve the opposite. Melville was using a character in his story as the narrator. Tolkien on the other hand was the translator of someone else's story. As for which is the Better, for me neither. Each was of a different style and each did exactly what was wanted for an opening line, that is to pull you right into the story and want to know what comes next.
     

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    Don't forget "For a long time, I used to go to bed early".

    Edit: Oops -- I didn't notice how old this thread was! Sorry! :(
     
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    It matters not how old a thread is. If you have something to say on it then by all means resurrect it. Blow new life into the dusty corners of the fora :)
     

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    I would -- but tonight I'm going to bed early.
     
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