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Tolkien Week & My Early B-day Celebration


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!

Yet more Hobbit tie-in books!


Yes, boys and girls, it could be a very Middle-Earth Christmas for many this year, between the movie itself and the books, action figures and other collectibles likely to be offered. The guys over at TheOneRing.net provided this article today detailing Harper Collins’ upcoming book tie-ins, including pictures of the five, count ’em, five covers.



The Official Movie Guide and the Visual Companion appear to be geared to adults and promise such goodies as behind-the-scenes photos of principal cast members along with exclusive interviews and lots of color photos from the film. Squee!

For younger readers (and the young at heart) there is The World of Hobbits and the Movie Storybook, promising loads of photos from the film offering info on all things hobbit and and a retelling of the movie itself.

Below is a snippet of TORn article offering details of the book that I think will be the real piece de resistance for the artist inside . . . I am salivating slightly at the thought of it.

Then, on Friday December 14, the ultimate film companion book — Chronicles: Art & Design — will be released worldwide by HarperCollins (under the prestigious HarperDesign imprint in the USA)

Chronicles: Art & Design

This sumptuous book celebrates the creative vision of Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is packed with more than 1,000 images of concept artwork, photographs and development paintings by the artists working behind the scenes to bring Middle-earth to life, who each provide detailed and entertaining commentary that reveals the story behind the vision. Compiled by Weta Workshop senior concept designer Daniel Falconer, this is the first in a series of lavish hardback books written and designed by the award-winning team at Weta, who are working closely with the production team to guarantee that these books will be bursting with insider information and stunning visual imagery.

All five books are being published in multiple languages by many of Tolkien’s worldwide publishers, all released on the same dates, and we will to bring you more news about them as we get closer to publication.

Obviously, I have to find employment, organize a yard sale, sell a kidney or find some other lucrative means in order to finance my Thorin addiction, which has spread to all things Peter Jackson/The Hobbit. Oh, you knew what you were doing when you posted all those videoblogs, didn’t you, dear PJ?  Well, they do say you’re a genius . . .

On Dwarfs & Knights I love


I ended up having one of those nights, as in “couldn’t get to sleep to save my life.”  I finally dozed off sometime after dawn and slept a few hours. It’s now 4:07 p.m. here and I still don’t feel “all awake yet.” Hasn’t been a terribly productive day in some ways–watching the Olympics, reading through email and doing a bit of Tweeting.

However, Sebastian (aka Gisbornesboy) and I have been discussing possible collaborative efforts. More on that later. 😉  Don’t want to give TOO much away . . .

 When I couldn’t sleep, I ended up finishing my re-read of The Hobbit. It had been quite a while; I can certainly see why Richard felt the need to further flesh out his vision of Thorin and the character’s motivations beyond what Tolkien gives us in the story.

The Company of Dwarves from left to right: Nor...

The Company of Dwarves from left to right: Nori, Fili, Dori, Bofur, Gloin, Dwalin, Thorin, Balin, Oin, Bombur, Bifur, Ori and Kili. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We know from the book Thorin likes to talk in a rather verbose, grandiose style, that he wants revenge on those who took his birthright away; that he is proud, regal, can be hot-tempered and display definite dwarfish greed at times, yet proves in the end to truly be a brave warrior and true hero.

Other than the grandiose speaking style, I could not help but envision a certain dark knight I know and love.  A proud man with a regal bearing? Yup. Temperamental?  Check. Desiring revenge? Oh yeah. Hungry for wealth and power? Right in one. Ultimately proven to be a brave warrior and redeemed man and hero? Indeed.

We’ve already seen some Guy-like roars from Thorin in some of the footage from the video blogs. Of course, Porter also roared well–and was also a brave warrior and true hero (and he is also SND!!).

 I wonder–will we get any of those disdainful GoG sniffs or tossing back of that (yes, Guy, I am saying this) even MORE magnificent mane? Really, I wouldn’t mind. Just a little.

  I know, of course, that Richard Armitage has crafted a new character out of whole cloth and he will BE Thorin, just as he was Guy, Porter, Lucas, Thornton, et al., a character inspired by Greek tragedy and Shakespearean drama as well as Tolkien. Of course, Thorin also has a couple hundred years or so of maturity on dear Sir Guy (check out those distinguished grey streaks).  Sigh.  Can’t hardly wait . . .