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Tolkien Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Funnies on a Silly Sunday

I find the someecards.com cartoons very funny.

I’m not sure what that says about me, and I think I’d actually care if I wasn’t busy with all the laughing ūüôā

Here are some connected with Tolkien films.

Hope you have a wonderful Silly Sunday!

And here are some other funny finds:

Comixed: But He's a Vampire, Guys!

"The Hobbit": A Total "Lord of the Rings" Ripoff

Can you sing, Master Hobbit?

Old Hobbit Joke ... very old ... getting sort of quondam, and creaky - ackshaly!

Cumberbatch to voice Smaug in THE HOBBIT

While I was looking for ecards I came across this story of school kids  from London releasing their own version of The Hobbit months before the official film premieres.

They even splashed out on a CG dragon!

I though this was a lovely story and reminded me of how Richard Armitage mentioned playing an elf when he was at school.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thorin Oakenshield Fashion Inspiration for The Hobbit Premi√®re

There’s another wonderful wallpaper maker available from The Hobbit.

You can download the whole image here.

Sir PJ is spoiling us!

He seems to be killing us softly with dwarf love!

I took this cropped pic of¬† brooding Thorin from Jas, as I’m too lazy to do it myself ūüėČ

I love this Thorin Oakenshield image for more reasons than just the brooding obvious sexiness.

I like the detail of the costume and it’ll serve as an inspiration for my Hobbit premi√®re look!

I still don’t know if I’ll be able to get to London on the 12th of December just in time for the red carpet event.

We had scheduled to fly out the following day, and now I’m waiting to hear news that we can re-book the plane tickets.

Even if we’re not able to do so, I’ll still be there for the movie premiere on the 14th of December and I’m mega excited about that!

I’m so grateful I can’t even begin to express it, as the whole trip is a Birthday present from those who love me most ūüôā

My love don’t¬†cost a thing, but I sure like it when people spend some dosh loving me!

All I can go now is keep my fingers cross that the fangurling gods deem to bless us with cheap KLM tickets so I can stand (for hours) beside other Tolkien fans trying to catch a glimpse of the Hobbit cast.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, if you know you will be in London that between the 12th and 16th of December and would like to meet up with fellow Richard Armitage admirers, please let me know!

I think it’d be great to meet up and perhaps catch the movie together ūüôā

I’ve been mentioning¬†ways we can celebrate The Hobbit premi√®re¬†in previous posts like growing a pair of¬†bushy dwarf brows or braiding your hair.

I’d like to incorporate some Thorin elements in my look without ending up looking like a Klingon at a Star Trek convention.


Depending on the weather I’ll either borrow my sister’s faux fur vest which I’ll wear on top of a jumper, or I’ll have a large faux fur collar made to wear on top of my winter jacket.

Under that I’m planning on designing a few Hobbit/Thorin T-shirts.

If they are any good, I’ll post the images¬†here on the off-chance someone might like to have one too.

If any of my readers come up with designs that they’d like to share with others in our little community of friends, please send it my way!

It’ll be my pleasure to share them here on my blog!

How amazing would it be if we could have a variety of  T-shirt designs to choose from!

Remember that’s it’s very easy to transfer an image onto fabric at home, which I have proven here.

Another vital element in my Hobbit look are my TH jeans.

I first mentioned them in a post about losing weight, with the TH standing for Tommy Hilfiger.

Judit however asked if TH meant The Hobbit, and from that point on, that’s exactly what they are!

My The Hobbit skinny jeans ūüôā

I’m still a far¬†away from fitting in them, but I’m getting closer every day, and seeing that¬†I have 73 days before traveling to London, that’s a goal I’m willing to work towards!

Each time I’m tempted to eat something naughty or I decide that Jillian Michaels will never know I skipped my¬†exercise that day, I have my Hobbit jeans to remind me!

Apart from that I need to think of an over the shoulder bag that will fit all my fanguling essentials like a mobile phone to Tweet, a camera to snap pics, a bottle of water to prevent dehydration in all that excitement, and a purse full of GBP (we all know how expensive London can be!).

Please note there is no room for cigarettes in that bag!

A woven leather belt seems like a nice fashion nod towards Thorin.

I also want a snazzy pair of earrings, but I’ll have to research that a little more!

How about some sword earrings?

Here’s the warmer December weather look for The Hobbit premi√®re:

Here’s for when winter decides to show its frosty face in December in London:

Do you have any other ideas how we can celebrate The Hobbit by drawing fashion inspiration from Thorin Oakenshield?

Edward Runci’s Pin Up Girls

It’s been a while since we had some Pin Up Girls, so today I wanted to post images by Edward Runci.

His skills are comparable to  Gil Elvgren.

 Runci girls frequently got caught in compromising situations like climbing a fence to flee a bull, or dress blowing up on a Ferris Wheel ride.

His girls are rosy-cheeked, voluptuous, often blonde Marilyn Monroe-types who radiate  wholesome sensuality.

¬†Who doesn’t like a cheeky Pin Up!

Braid It Like a Hot Dwarf!

I really adore this movie poster for The Hobbit!

There are some wonderful beards and hairstyles that prove that Dwarves are quite stylish.

You just have to admire a male who takes pride in his physical appearance.

I felt Thorin could use a little style twist to make him stand out a little more.

Apart from bushy eyebrows, another fun idea for the première of the film that should be called The Dwarf would be a nice plaited do.

Here are some interesting ideas, so it’s time to start practicing, as they do seem complicated.

Let’s hope we’re not bald by the time December rolls round because of the braiding experiments.

Show Thorin some love!

A great Hobbit premi√®re idea if you’re seeing the film with other fans

Cross braids instead of swords…

How about a nod towards Richard’s new tornado¬†film Black Sky

When traveling with a Hobbit, weave your own picnic basket so you’re always¬†stocked up on snacks.

Thorin’s pony needs a style upgrade too.

Channel your inner Elrond and go Elf-style.

My favorite ūüôā

Then again, you may just want to directly imitate the dwarves styles.
I’d go for this look, with the triple mohawk decorated with braids:

Ladies, it’s time to Dwarf Braid it Like it’s HOT!

Images: Buzzfeed

Do the Thornton’s Own or Rent?

Every time I’ve seen North and South, I’ve always wondered about the following thing, and I was hoping we could get to the bottom of it.

Marlborough Mills is owned by Mr Bell and is then passed on to Margaret Hale.

The Thornton’s are renting out the property from the landlord.

We know the machines inside the mill are the property of John Thornton, as he has trouble paying them off.

The thing I’ve wondered about is the house.

We know it’s a place Mrs Thornton is very proud of.

It’s located next to the mill, therefore it would logically be part of Bell’s property.

Not many mill owners would invest their money in a home so close to an industrial area, often settling on the outskirts of a city.

When bad things start happening to John, he asks his mother to not be too upset about losing the house.

My question is:

Do you think the Thornton’s built the house, or was it part of the mill?

Could Mrs Thornton could be sad about losing the house because of the effort put into the decoration and the need to downsize, or  maybe because they are losing ownership of it?

Tell me what you think ūüôā

Habits go up in Smoke on a Whining Wednesday

Things have been hectic in my neck of the woods and I’m still going strong.

I’ve been exercising regularly and taking in nutritious food, which in turn has given me a huge boost of energy.

I think I’ll leave food and exercise for another Whining Wednesday ūüôā

I have some very interesting things happening.

I guess hell has officially frozen over as….

I’ve quit smoking!

Yup, ladies and gents, this girl has gone over to the other side.

People in RL will understand how odd this may be.

I grew up in a house where both parents smoked,  both indoors and in the car.

I started experimenting with cigs when I was about 13, then starting smoking seriously when I was about 17.

I’ve never been one of those people who downplayed the amount they went through.

Although I¬†didn’t smoke indoors or in my car, I’d go through a packet a day.

During the summer, as I’d sit outdoors all day with a cup of coffee puffing away.

In January I came across a book by Allen Carr titled Easyway to Stop Smoking.

There must have been some thought behind seeking out the book and the time invested in reading it is the best I’ve spent in a long time.

For many years I wouldn’t feel any consequences of my addiction.

There’d always be enough dosh to buy them, I was always as healthy as an ox, I’d never had a smokers cough.

Smoking in social situations was generally accepted.

There was something magical about sitting at the bar having a nice vodka martini, pulling out a slim sexy cig from a cute cigarette case, like I did in my NY days.

Smoking would be something done after a pleasant activity, like a tasty dinner, with a good cup of coffee, during a 5 minute break at work etc.

When I turned 30 things started to change.

I’s have a dry¬†throat all the time, I’d start smelling of smoke, and the environment started being quite hostile towards smokers.

Carr says there are two types of smokers:

Those who don’t quit because they know they can easily at any moment

and

Those who are too afraid to fail at quitting that they continue smoking.

I was shocked to realise that I belonged to the latter group.

I just couldn’t fail at yet another thing in life.

I felt like dealing with my weight should always take priority and I couldn’t imagine taking on yet another battle.

It was easier to not try than to fail.

Lucky Strike Cigarettes Thanksgiving Ad, 1950

There’s no magic or voodoo in Carr’s method.

His approach is very no-nonsense and makes you realise how the tobacco industry has turned smokers into dumb muppets who keep pouring their hard-earned cash into an industry that is doing everything to kill them.

He explores various myths and dissolutions about smoking.

He is against using any nicotine substitutes, and believe me, it’s lovely to quit without having to spend the equivalent of¬†a packet of Vogue Menthol sin¬†gum or electronic cigarettes.

Today I went to the supermarket and bought a few boxes of my favorite Clipper Tea, which is quite expensive, but I used my non-smoked money ūüôā

Bless the life of a non-smoker!

It certainly is cheaper!

All that I had read in January stuck with me, but I could never really think of the perfect moment to stop smoking.

I’d literally have a semi-panic attack (well, as much as I can actually have one…)¬†if my cigarettes where running low and the shops where about to close.

One morning I had coffee with¬†my sister, we puffed on a few sticks, then I told her she could take the rest as I wouldn’t be smoking anymore.

And that was how it went.

If you are a smoker or a loved one smokes, I recommend this book.

People swear that it’s a life-changer, and I have to agree.

You have nothing to lose by picking it up, and Carr encourages you to smoke while you read, so no need to panic.

How do I feel?

Like I’ve never smoked in my life, and this is no lie.

I feel like a non-smoker.

I fought with the odd impulse of reaching for a cig with my coffee, but this was a behavioral knee-jerk reaction.

I promise I’ll never become one of those pricks who give up smoking and give other smokers a hard time.

Like with any other addiction, we all need to make our own decisions, and bullying a smoker just to feel better about yourself is a low blow ex-smokers!

Old Chesterfield Cigarettes Ad

On a sad note, Allan Carr died of lung cancer a few years, probably as a result of the heavy smoking for so many years.

I suggest you watch BBC Horizon (I recommend any documentary from this series) titled We Love Cigarettes.

World’s Best Father!

This is the funniest photoshoot I’ve seen in ages.
Fathers and daughter, mothers and sons…

Bushy Dwarf Brows are So Hot Right Now!

I’ve committed the cardinal sin of blogging by writing a handful of posts, writing but not finishing them, leaving them in the Draft file, and not publishing them.

I’m also struggling to adjust to the scheduling posts system after the summer.

In my defence I’ve been busy taking care of Mizz¬†AgzyM¬†and that is eating up (no pun intended…) a big portion of my time.

I’ll leave the details for my WW post tomorrow ūüôā

If I asked you what body part is the hot thing right now, I’m sure you’d answer:

The Bushy Beard!

Some of our favorite sexy actors have been sporting facial hair so attractive that the bushy wonders have made fangurls around the world take notice.

Never before have we loved the lip, chin and cheek warmer so much!

Sorry to tell you, but bushy beard are SOOOOOO last month!

Move over furry face, here comes the:

Caterpillar Bushy Brow

Thorin is rocking some serious scruffy brows and I am venturing a guess, though I may raise a few eyebrows, ¬†that it will set the fashion world ablaze…again…

This new trend thrills me as I have quite thick brows.

Believe me, when they’re left to their own devices, I joke they need pinning back so I can see where I’m going.

Usually when I go to get them done the ladies¬†at the salon Ooooo!¬†and Ahhhh!¬†over them, and it’s all fun and games till the tweezers and hot wax comes out.

Then it’s all just one big Ouch!

I’m in good company though and I don’t just mean ¬†Thorin!

There’s nothing like I thick eyebrow to accentuate eyes and they do make you look younger, and who doesn’t love that!

The uni is where I draw the brow line, but I admire someone who can make it cool, like the wonderful Frida Kahlo.

Some other actors have also embracing their grizzly brows, like Benedict Cumberbatch.

The thicker fuller look is so in right now!

Celebrate The Hobbit with the Dwarf bow look!

 Instead of plucking your brows to about an inch of their life and then have to  pencil them in, so make sure you look after them.

Go to a specialist to have them nicely shaped, but be warned!

The chances are¬†that if¬†the beautician has 2 thin lines drawn on her face. maybe it’s good to go somewhere else.

A specialist will give you advice on how to strengthen your brows and will understand that over-plucked hairs may never grow back again.

It’s time to embrace the Dwarf Brows just in time for The Hobbit¬†ūüôā

Jay Scott Pike’s Pin Up Girls

Although  I usually focus on the works of Gil Elvgren, there are so many amazing Pin Up painters worth mentioning.

Todays Girls are the work of Jay Scott Pike.

There’s a lot of knickers / panties dropping which can only be a sign of how inferior elastic waists were back in the day ūüôā

 

Jay Scott Pike pin up art

Thorin Oakenshield’s Essential Tool, when being so short is a factor!

I decided to (or just happen to) take a few days break from our fandom, and wouldn’t you know it!

Hobbit Trailers galore come pouring  in!

The moral of this story is I should sacrifice myself for the good of the collective and go away more often!

There are some beautiful images of the majestic Thorin, regal and powerful.

He truly puts other dwarves and Hobbits to shame.

It’s only when I encountered the next picture was I reminded that Thorin Oakenshield is in fact very short.

Oh Dear!

We all knew it had to be so, but to be faced with such a height difference is quite a shock.

As Richard Armitage fans we are used to our eye candy shadowing over everyone else in the scene.

We’re used to seeing those familiar proportions of his slender body, even if it’s obstructed by debris.

This stocky short little fellow who happens to look like Thorin is a bit of a shock to me.

Call Tom Cruise, we need his shoe lifts asap!

Don’t worry Tom!

You are no longer the shortest being in Hollywood!

It make me realise that Oakensheild will have to be kitted out a tad if he wants to hang out with the likes of Gandalf or Elrond.

How could such a proud dwarf allow to be looked down upon?

That’s why I’ve come up with just the thing to level out the Human/Elf/Dwarf playing field ūüôā

Introducing:

These fold and are easy to travel with, so never again will anyone look DOWN on Thorin Oakenshield (well, perhaps only a dragon…).

They fit easily on any pony, and will be the envy of every height-challenged being in Middle Earth!

By the way, here are the alternative endings of the Hobbit trailers, I’m sure you’re seen it, but you can never really get enough though ūüėČ

Images from TORn FB

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