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Still bloggin’ MIA…

I’m still spending (or do I mean wasting???) my free time on tumblr, so here’s an interesting bunch of links between LOTR and The Hobbit which you may have missed (too busy drooling and such at the hsheer dwarf hotness on your screen).

Yup, I’ve seen the whole LOTR trilogy close to 20 times and I missed most of them too 🙂

Links between The Hobbit and LOTR

Source: I waste so much time

And here are some funny cards from SomeCards

My standards for men have been set by Hobbits, dwarves, elves, and wizards.

I've given up on remembering all the Dwarves names in

Damnit Bilbo, this is the 5th time you've been late for work this month. Let's not make a Hobbit of it, ok?

Today I told my students I am a hobbit and that I am102.  Seemed easier than telling  them my real age.

I'm sorry I took your son's Halloween mask and accused him of being a hobbit in disguise.

Thorin Oakenshield is causing me to have inappropriate thoughts about Dwarves.

Sometime's It's hard to know when a policeman  isn't really two dwarves stacked on top of each other.

Have a wonderful hobbity day 🙂

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 🙂

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!

The Value of each page of a Tolkien Book

On hearing there was to be a third Hobbit movie, my best friend Max asked if we’ll have to fly to each premier.

I could see him calculate the costs, and the number he got wasn’t to his liking.

What can I say?

Sometimes admiring Richard Armitage doesn’t come cheap, especially if you add up the DVD Boxsets, Audiobooks  and such.

Over at Set Phasers to LOL, they’ve decided to estimate how much each page of a Tolkien book is worth.

According to them, it goes like this:

how much money is tolkien's writing worth per page

I’m crapaloo at numbers, and I never seem to have money, so I don’t really worry about figures, but this is how I see it:

The estimated cost of each Hobbit film:

Richard Armitage playing the sexiest dwarf in the history of Middle Earth in three 3D films:

Christopher Tolkien comments on Peter Jackson movies

A change of pace here today.

All the Hobbit-Con news has been wonderful, but I could do with a breather!

By the time December, and the Hobbit, comes around, I will have worn out the keys used to type in The One Ring and Heir Of Durin.

TOR mentions an interesting interview in Le Monde with Christopher Tolkien, son of the author JRR Tolkien.

I found some parts extremely thought-provoking.

“But none of this bothered the family until Peter Jackson’s films. It was the release of the first film of the trilogy, in 2001, that changed the nature of things. First, it had a prodigious effect on book sales. “In three years, from 2001 to 2003, 25 million copies of Lord of the Rings were sold– 15 million in English and 10 million in other languages. In the United Kingdom, sales went up by 1000% after the release of the first movie in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring,” says David Brawn, Tolkien’s publisher at HarperCollins, which retains the English-speaking rights except for the United States.

Rather quickly, however, the film’s vision, conceived in New Zealand by well-known illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe, threatened to engulf the literary work. Their iconography inspires most of the video games and merchandising. Soon, by a contagion effect, the book itself became less of a source of inspiration for the authors of fantasy than the film of the book, then the games inspired by the film, and so on.”

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Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of our time,” Christopher Tolkien observes sadly. “The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has gone too far for me. Such commercialisation has reduced the esthetic and philosophical impact of this creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: turning my head away.”

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I found these parts of the article quite sad. I can understand how hard it is to lose control over such a legacy.

The truth is, though, that if it wasn’t for the Peter Jackson movies, I probably wouldn’t have read the Tolkien books.

The first time I had heard about Lord of the Rings was from an American bartender in Warsaw.

This was the late 90s, and I was visiting a bar with friends, probably for a quick underaged drink, and I got to talking to him about Tolkien.

When he referenced Gandalf, and saw my blank expression, he was quite surprised that someone in their late teens had never heard of hobbits, wizards and dwarves in Middle Earth.

The truth is, quite different from American and British readers, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings wasn’t a popular book in Poland before Peter Jackson came along.

I’m sure many from around the world share my experience.

It was the anticipation of the first movie of the LOTR trilogy that made me purchase and read the books.

Just as the Harry Potter series and The Da Vinci Code got people reading again, I think Sir PJ is responsible for introducing a whole new legion of people to Middle Earth, turning many into diehard fans.

As much as I sympathise with Christopher Tolkien, I can never be sorry for that.

The second aspect of the interview I found interesting is how much it may mirror what some believe has happened / is happening to Richard Armitage.

Some feel it is vital to protect him (from the press, from crazy fans) at a time when his career is skyrocketing.

I find most of these attempts quite misguided, although I’d like to believe the intentions are good.

It could also read as a commentary on what, in some people’s opinion, has happened to our fandom.

“The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has gone too far for me…”

For those people I would say, in the words of Christopher Tolkien:

“There is only one solution for me: turning my head away”.

Like it or not, things have been undergoing a change for some time now.

We cannot control all events and people.

There’s no point in trying , or no reason, to influence what someone thinks, says, and writes.

You may not agree with the actions of some members of RArmy, but that’s not to say, just like the Peter Jackson films, they don’t have merit.

It all depends on your point of view.

Be respectful of the opinions of others, or simply be able to turn around and walk away.

The boys are going to Comic-Con!

The search for Richard Armitage is well and truly over!

The One Ring has confirmed that our precious will take part in the Hobbit panel at Comic-Con in San Diego on the 14th of July. Joining him will be Martin Freedman, Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKeller, Philippa Boyens,  and Sir PJ himself.

Is it just me, or does this seem like quite the honour?

I don’t want to read into this too much, but if three actors are chosen to represent the film, and it’s Sir Ian, Freedman and Armitage, that’s quite a distinguished group of actors, right?

This is how I think it all came about:

RA: Alright there, Sir PJ?

PJ: Yeah, good. You?

RA: Not bad, thanks.

PJ: So, a bunch of us are going over to San Diego for the weekend in July. Wanna come?

RA: Sure, yeah, nothing planned apart from tearing down ivy at my house in London. Who’s going?

PJ: Ya know, Gandalf, Smeagol, Bilbo, some other guys.  We’ll kick back a few Buds, have a laugh, give a few interviews. It’ll be cool. You interested?

RA  (scratches beard): Yeah, cool. Can I travel with my sword?

PJ: Should be OK. Let me get my assistant to make a few calls, I guess we could book the seat next to you on the plane…

RA: First class though, right? Me and my sword, we only travel first class!

PJ: Sure, I’ll see what I can do… Don’t worry, Sir Ian travelled with that Gandalf staff for years after we shot LOTR…

My only regret?

I didn’t hear the name ‘Aidan Turner’ thrown into the mix.

I think I’m just too eye-candy greedy, though…

 

When you’re the only sane person around…

 You know those days on RL when you swear you’re surrounded by idiots?

People say and do the least logical things imaginable, and you feel fortunate to be the only one who hasn’t taken any crazy pills.

Then again, if you’re in the minority, doesn’t it mean that they are right and it’s you who’s wrong?

Anyway, I am counting down my days before my summer holidays start.

As of the 29th of June I have 2 whole months of absolute bliss.

No work or college, with all reports written, exam taken and passed.

Believe me, before that moment comes, I shall, no doubt, have to go through the fire.

That’s the thing about nice events in your life.

You end up paying for them, one way or another.

I like to think of it as life balancing itself out.

I have a feeling I’ll have to go through some tough stuff before I can sit down in front of my fireplace, with a nice cup of tea, my pups by my side, and watch N&S.

It’ll be worth it!

I’m off to the countryside for a longish weekend.

Think Dibley Village.

It’s nothing like it, of course, but it’s just as special to me.

No sexy neighbor, with a love of books, moving in next door, though.

My neighbor is less this:

And more like this:

There’s a retired couple living next door.

The man is a tad misogynistic, and his poor wife can do nothing right, which he points out on a regular basis.

 I literally punch the air and think: ‘You go Lady, good on you” every time she stands up to him!

We call him Bilbo Baggins, that’s what he looks like. Unfortunately, he chooses to walk around sans T-shirt.

Yet another reason I wish it was Harry living next door.

When he sneezes, he does it so loudly, he scares all the poor farm animals in a radius of a dozen kilometres.

It’s a wonder hens lay any eggs when he’s about!

For the past few years Bilbo been conducting some loud, and very annoying, DIY project.

What it is, no one knows.

I’m surprised he hasn’t erected the Taj Mahal on his property by now.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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