Because I love the sensitive, passionate artist with the infectious smile and the incandescent eyes given to us by Richard as Claude Monet in The Impressionists–and I love the “real” Monet’s work. The paintings showcase his beautiful garden at Giverny and at Argentuil. Imagine birdsong, the sweet scent of the blossoms, the reflections of azure sky and the verdant leafy trees in the water, and Monet standing on the arch bridge at Giverny, drinking in all the sights and sounds. And working feverishly to capture them on his canvas . . .
Be sure and read what Phillipa has to say about Thorin. If you had any doubts about the character’s significance to the trilogy, this might help alleviate them.
I was looking through photos of the The Hobbit cast in their costumes tonight and happened across this photo of Bofur.
And it suddenly struck me who he reminded me of.
And then there is also the face that represents Wendy’s Hamburger chains here in the US.
This makes me wonder if PJ or someone in his costume design department is a fan of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren‘s classic children’s series. Or a fan of Wendy’s Hamburgers. Personally, I like them both.
Regardless of the inspiration for Bofur’s distinctive hairstyle, here are a few facts about the dwarf, culled from The Hobbit Annual 2012:
Bofur is full of energy and life, and loves good food, fun and music. This means he tends to have more in common with the hobbits than the dwarves. He’s an optimistic soul who often engages his tongue before he engages his brain. Gosh, he reminds of our late, great neighbor Minerva Leverette!
Bofur is “not as brave as some of the other dwarves,” but he will do his best to defend his friends if they are in danger. He seems to be the sort who would end up with a lampshade on his head at the party and “always willing to cheer up his fellow travelers with a song.” He is also the brother of Bombur (the plus-size dwarf) and cousin of Bifur (the dwarf with the remains of an Orc ax stuck in his head).
Pretty soon, I am going to be able to remember who is who!
Sort of like Thorin’s second breakfast. You can’t enjoy just one. The notion struck me and I’ve been working on some fun Halloween-themed fanart for next month. For some odd reason, Sir Guy seems to fit right in with what I want to do. 😉 I even has some Christmas things done–something for Harry and Gerri I just love. Meanwhile, more ChaRActer goodies.
It’s been buzzing on Twitter today that Sir Peter has left a brief video (41 seconds) on his Facebook page marking the beginning of Tolkien Week and the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. Here’s a link to TORn’s story:
PJ’s contribution to the celebration will be the debut of the eagerly-anticipated second trailer for TH, set for Wednesday, Sept. 19 (Ooooh. More Thorin, surely. Speaking, fighting, roaring, singing, riding? Can’t wait to see what’s there!) He’s also promising some other goodies for fans during this “exciting, interesting week.” Maybe more Thorin photos amongst them? *sigh* Although, truthfully, I am having fun exploring all things hobbity these days.
Of course, Thorin’s Second Breakfast celebration is coming up Friday and a combined Bilbo/Frodo Birthday Bash is coming on the 26th of this month. And sandwiched in between all this is yours truly’s own birthday celebration on Sept. 25. I almost feel as if Sir Peter is helping me celebrate early this year!
Thanks, Sir Peter, for the early bday gifts this year. You are one swell guy. Wish I could give you a big bear hug. And ruffle your hair even more.
My copy of the movie tie-in version of The Hobbit, another early birthday gift, should arrive this week, too. Hoping for a few more new photos. Not that I am greedy or anything . . . may all of you have a wonderful Tolkien Week!