29.12.12

all things Hobbity

“This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.” 

I guess I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. I've seen all three Lord of The Rings DVD's and still, I was oblivious.
The Hobbit goes for a very long time.

But let your mind wander through the battle scenes and you arrive back to the screen rested and ready to continue the adventure.

While this movie was being filmed, we were actually in New Zealand on a holiday -- and if I'd cared at all at the time, I probably would've been first in line to explore those green grassy hills and track down Bilbo and the Dwarves and refuse to be scared of any ork things. But I didn't. New Zealand is such a beautiful country, though. They have green grass. And hills and snow. We don't have much of those things in Australia!

bilbo, the hobbit



Starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo -- "He looks familiar," I whispered to my brother. "Who is he?"
He looked for a moment -- "It's the guy off that Nativity movie," he decided. And it is.
How annoying is it, those times when there's a familiar face in the movie and you spend the whole time trying to place the actor? So thankyou, brother. For saving me. Although the question could've kept me company during the battles.

We saw The Hobbit in 3D, and so as well as getting to wear those cool-as glasses, we got to watch butterflies fly out of the screen. What I really love about 3D is the way it literally pulls you in; you become a part of the conversations, it's a more complete view. And that's the whole point of it, right? As well as the cool butterfly effect, because everyone has to put their hand out to catch the butterfly...right?

"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."

Some parts cracked me up. Like the Dwarf's, who come to Bilbo's for the meeting of the council or whatever, to call Bilbo in on the adventure, as they sung their song about smashing Bilbo's precious plates. And there's Gollum. As they played their riddle game in the cave, poor thing couldn't figure out the answer. I found myself feeling sorry for this guy, little Gollum. But he makes me laugh. And those giants -- er, trolls -- they were pretty funny.

I love adventure. I love just the thought of it, and this is a very good adventure.

“Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.” 

One of my favourites in Lord of The Rings and all things Hobbity is The Shire. The green grass, the village hobbits, the blue skies and the water, The Shire is my favourite place.

"The Shire" LOTR movie set tour in New Zealand
The Shire


Look at that grass. The sky. We were having a little discussion on the way home, about where we'd live if we lived in wherever the people in Lord of the Rings live. Us kids voted The Shire -- mum and dad went for the Elf land.

So, my question for you -- where would you live, if you had the choice? In that genuine-grass, old fences, beautiful trees Hobbit town? In the pastel-coloured, crystal clear city of the Elves? Or some place amongst the mountains, travelling day by day? Where should to you be a great adventure?

3 comments:

  1. I would LOVE to live in The Shire! It's so peaceful and pretty and all the hobbits are so friendly.

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  2. the shire, hands down. wasn't the hobbit amazing? :D

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  3. Oh, the Shire, for sheer comfort. But I'd want the option of day trips to Rivendell...

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