lavendertook: (hobbity new year)
( Jan. 1st, 2017 09:37 pm)
There's an interesting retrospective article on Howard Shore in the Washington Post today I thought some of you might enjoy. I did not know he started out doing music for SNL.
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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02!!! May it be hobbity and full of your namesake. To that end . . .

Hobbiton, Tumbler, 2012
Here's a beautifully tended garden with a smial growing in the middle of it, from the Hobbiton Tumbler site.


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What looks like a dream flower to me--one of the passion flowers that are all abloom right now by my hobbity Greenbelt Lake.

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Just reveling in the beauty Alan Lee, John Howe, and the WETA crew brought us to roll around in.

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We must away, Ere break of day . . . )
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OK, has anybody seen [livejournal.com profile] frodosweetstuff? I haven't seen her around commenting for a few days, and I'm just afraid that she might have put on her ring of invisibility before seeing the below picture and may have thudded out cold somewhere when she saw it, and no one's tripped over her yet. ;-D

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I had a lovely dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301 this evening--I can attest that the Gandalf Gobbler sandwich at Denny's is excellent, especially with a side of spinach--the menus are very cute. But Thomas-Builds-the-Fire tells it better, of course. And yes, this was not one of the Denny's that John Metz owns, which I would not dine in. Anyway, Cali said she hadn't seen this beautiful Frodo With the Party RSVPs pic yet, so it was as good an excuse as any to post it. I'm not sure now if it's the one I got from a link to Tolkienanos from Tumbler or our dear [livejournal.com profile] aliensouldream. The pic posted was a red-phased and sepia-ed version of the original Rolling Stone Magazine pic, and it is a very pretty effect I like a lot, but I decided to up the blue and lower the red a bit in the pic to give it a more day light effect. Yes, ASD, it is very hard to stop playing with this pic! :-D The pic in the magazine has a much sharper focus with a candlelight tone to it.

I'm kind of psyched that we get to see an age appropriate Frodo for this movie, and he's looking as beautiful as ever. I don't mean to suggest that it's more correct than the fanon that supposes that hobbits at the 33 coming of age point are like a human 18 due to slower maturation, a fanon mostly developed to make sense of Frodolijah looking so young, I think. But that fanon never quite satisfies for me that his younger hobbit companions look older than he is.

So here's how my head fanon of the films is working now: Frodo looks age appropriate in The Hobbit because the tale is from Bilbo's point of view, and Bilbo sees Frodo as he is--a hobbit in his thirties when Bilbo is eleventy-one.

However, the LotR is from Frodo's point of view, and thus he has a younger self-image of himself, as I think most of us do. So with Frodo's telling of the tale, we see him as he sees himself: a younger hobbit than even his ring-slowed age would make him later. So now it all makes sense for me and I won't have any cognitive dissonance at seeing an older Frodo for the earlier parts of the tales. And I'm so psyched to see a Frodo (and Bingo) who looks so much closer to my textual head fanon image of the character. Such are the happy rationalizations of this Frodocentric, and still Bingocentric, fan. (-;

And I promised Cali more links of what's been fun to view the last couple of weeks:

The 8 minute fan compilation of all the previews
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/the-hobbit-fan-trailer_n_2170938.html

The Piano Guys LotR Cover of pretty visuals with gorgeous piano/cello duo
http://youtu.be/FZNqs0YgWkM

The Silly Air New Zealand advertisement video with great-grandson Royd Tolkien in hobbit feet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc

Ian McKellan's fanfic of a Bilbo/Gandalf backstory, that I bet would delight the Cucumber-Free-Cookie-batch fans a lot (-;
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/7985801/Sir-Ian-on-Gandalfs-return

PJs Production Video #9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vqyzHwnEiY

And another pic from RSM I really like
bilbo-gandalf-610x428

Enjoy!

And one more thing: does Shore's Misty Mountains Cold theme remind anyone else of Jupiter from Holst's "The Planets"? I find you can hum (OK, as in, "I have hummed") the tune and gone right into humming Holst's with one smooth transition. There ya go. (-:

3 more weeks! :-D
If you are planning to come to this December moot, considering it still, or are just nosey about the doings of your hobbit posse, like any good hobbit, and need to live vicariously, please join the Maryland Mootses community on LJ:

http://mdmoot.livejournal.com/
Weighing the poll results and answers here and here, we're going to have us a December 14-17 Hobbit Moot in Westminster, MD. We'll go see the release of The Hobbit: There and Back Again together! Probably more than once over the weekend. Wheee!!!!

I'll set us up a community. Can I set it up on DW, since one of our definite attenders is only on DW? Is there anyone who is considering coming who does not have a DW?
lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
( Oct. 1st, 2012 07:54 pm)
Please fill out the poll for the Maryland Moot 2012 weekend preference and contingencies on LJ here or on DW.

I want to announce a date before this week ends, so I'd like to know the projected needs of everyone who wants to come at this time and if they have changed at all from when I asked a few weeks ago. With the understanding that little in this mortal life is certain.

Teh management thanks you.
We will be having a Maryland Moot this year in Westminster. Hopefully, we'll be able to get the Best Western again to hang out in. I called them, and they are about halfway full on both weekends, so we'll want to call reservations in the next couple of weeks for either weekend. But there are other places if it fills, so no worries. We have to choose between the 2 weekends now, and I'm going to announce a definite date before the middle of next week, so there's more than a month for people to make travel arrangements, no matter which we choose. I'm tentatively saying Friday through Sunday, and of course, people can hang out longer, but we can discuss the adjustment of days when we pick a weekend.

So the choices:

November 9, 10, 11. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, so there might be flexibility on whether Friday or Monday is a work holiday for some people. The leaves should still be pretty around here. It's usually pretty temperate this time of year here. Just cross fingers for no possible hurricane.

or

December 14, 15, 16. The Hobbit opens in theaters that Friday. I guess that means the first midnight showing is Thursday night/Friday morning? so some people might want to arrive Thursday if you're a midnight showing goer. I suspect we might want to attend multiple showings that weekend, so everyone's best times, and 3D vs 2D needs and preferences can be accommodated. This is all stuff that we will need to discuss if we choose to meet up for this weekend. We rarely have snow or ice that early, so that's not a worry, and the weather can be anywhere from temperate to cold, or a hurricane. We don't usually have bitter winter weather here until January.

So, please pick one box for your answer. You have as many choices as the number of dwarves and hobbits together who went on the quest to Erebor to choose from. Discussion, suggestions, explanations, wishes, hopes, squee, and nitpicks are most welcome in the comments. (-:


[Poll #1869316]


Let's get this choice made so we can haz mootses soon!

PS: The spell-checker for "everyone's" gives the strangest suggestions! Efren's, Efrain's, Aryan's, overruns, Aryans, Ivorians. OK then.

PSS: Evidently, Smeagol is administering this poll. So if you answer incorrectly, you might be eaten. Responses hobbitses!!!

EDIT: I guess the DW poll, doesn't translate onto LJ. I will inset an LJ formatted poll as soon as I can. WATCH THIS SPACE. EDIT ONE MILLION: Done.
We will be having a Maryland Moot this year in Westminster. Hopefully, we'll be able to get the Best Western again to hang out in. I called them, and they are about halfway full on both weekends, so we'll want to call reservations in the next couple of weeks for either weekend. But there are other places if it fills, so no worries. We have to choose between the 2 weekends now, and I'm going to announce a definite date before the middle of next week, so there's more than a month for people to make travel arrangements, no matter which we choose. I'm tentatively saying Friday through Sunday, and of course, people can hang out longer, but we can discuss the adjustment of days when we pick a weekend.


So the choices:

November 9, 10, 11. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, so there might be flexibility on whether Friday or Monday is a work holiday for some people. The leaves should still be pretty around here. It's usually pretty temperate this time of year here. Just cross fingers for no possible hurricane.

or

December 14, 15, 16. The Hobbit opens in theaters that Friday. I guess that means the first midnight showing is Thursday night/Friday morning. I haven't been planning on going to a midnight showing, and have no need to, but am amenable to doing it if others have their heart set on it. I suspect we might want to attend multiple showings that weekend, so everyone's best times, and 3D vs 2D needs and preferences can be accommodated. This is all stuff that we will need to discuss if we choose to meet up for this weekend. We rarely have snow or ice that early, and the weather can be anywhere from temperate to cold. We don't usually have bitter winter weather here until January.

So, please pick one box for your answer. You have as many choices as the number of dwarves and hobbits together who went on the quest to Erebor to choose from. Discussion, suggestions, explanations, wishes, hopes, squee, and nitpicks are most welcome in the comments. (-:

Poll #11758 MarylandMoot 2012 in November vs December Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


Which weekend can you attend?

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Both are fine. Build it and I will come.
2 (66.7%)

I will come to either, but I'd really prefer November.
0 (0.0%)

I will come to either, but I'd really prefer December.
0 (0.0%)

November only.
0 (0.0%)

December only.
0 (0.0%)

I can do all weekend in November, but can make it for a day or a couple of hours in December.
0 (0.0%)

I can do all weekend in December, but can make it for a day or a couple of hours in November.
0 (0.0%)

I can come for one day or a couple of hours only, whichever weekend it is, but I'll be there.
0 (0.0%)

November definitely, but I might be able to make December.
0 (0.0%)

December definitely, but I might be able to make November.
0 (0.0%)

I will most probably be able to come, but I can't commit to either weekend yet.
0 (0.0%)

I can't say whether I'll be able to come to either or not yet.
0 (0.0%)

I want to come, but I can't this year.
1 (33.3%)

Other, I'll explain in comments.
0 (0.0%)



Let's get this choice made so we can haz mootses soon!

PS: The spell-checker for "everyone's" gives the strangest suggestions! Efren's, Efrain's, Aryan's, overruns, Aryans, Ivorians. OK then.

PSS: Evidently, Smeagol is administering this poll. So if you answer incorrectly, you might be eaten. Responses hobbitses!!!

EDIT: I guess the DW poll, doesn't translate onto LJ. So this won't be cross-posted, but will be a separate post on LJ.
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