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LET'S TALK ABOUT THE HOBBIT SHALL WE?

I know, I'm terribly behind the times. I've been waiting to make this post because I was supposed to see it again this afternoon, but my plans fell through, so. Review ahoy.

cut for nonsense )

In short, I loved it dearly. I can't wait for the other two movies, and I'm now slow-burning in my desire for PJ to get the rights to The Silmarillion. Even if they only did the exciting bits -- the creation, Fëanor and the Silmarils, the Fall of Gondolin, Thingol and Melian, Beren and Lúthien, the downfall of Númenor -- it would be about 12 hours worth of movie, and I'd still watch all of it.

The movie release has caused an uptick of Tolkien-related stuff on my dash, so I have some art recs for you.

Three Absolute Favorites:

Thorin, King Under the Bombur by [personal profile] humourlesspoppycock [Bofur, Bifur, Bombur, Thorin]

This is the dwarfpile I was denied in the movie. I have no regrets.

Oakenshield is just a toy to them by [personal profile] piiib [Thorin, Fíli, Kíli]

Allow me to do a bit more dork math here: At the start of the book, Thorin is 195, and his nephew's Fíli and Kíli are 82 and 77. He would've been about 40 in human years when they were toddlers, which has given me a soft spot for Thorin playing Grumpy Uncle to Fíli and Kíli as ridiculously adorable and round-faced dwarf children. TURNS OUT I AM ACTUALLY MADE OF MARSHMALLOW IN THE MIDDLE. WHO KNEW.

Durin Family by [personal profile] piiib [Thorin, Fíli, Kíli]

This is more Grumpy Uncle Thorin with Tiny Fíli and Tiny Kíli. SORRY I'M NOT SORRY.

Numerous Other Things, Also Awesome:

Thorin, My Lord, by [personal profile] piiib [Thorin, Kíli]

Bilbo keeping watch by [personal profile] berendoes [Bilbo, Thorin]

Glóin and family by [personal profile] bridgioto [Glóin, Glóin's wife, Gimli]

Ori and his crafts by [personal profile] lamamama [Ori]

Thranduil by [personal profile] candra [Thranduil]

Untitled by [personal profile] malaikat [Thranduil]

Untitled by [personal profile] damagedhands [Thorin]

Total Bros by [personal profile] ravenclawsdiadem [Bilbo, Bofur]

Untitled by [personal profile] spader7 [Bilbo/Thorin, G]

Untitled by [personal profile] spader7 [Bilbo/Thorin, G]

Untitled by [personal profile] rad-i-cal [Bilbo/Thorin, G]

I came out of the movie kind of shipping Bilbo/Thorin, which was really unexpected. I ship LotR characters all over the place (Frodo is my fandom bicycle, no regrets), but I never really went there with The Hobbit, I think because I read it so young. I kind of want to search AO3 for fanfic, but I'm afraid it will hurt me in the childhood.
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Day 5

Share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends


I love old movies. One of my absolute favorites is the 1941 Humphrey Bogart/Mary Astor version of The Maltese Falcon. Strangely enough, I'd never read the book. It was one of those things I'd just never gotten around to. About six month ago, I picked up a super cheap used copy, and I completely fell in love.

A month or so later, I wandered into a local used bookstore that specializes in mystery and spy thriller fiction. I got into a long discussion with the owner -- who has apparently read every detective novel ever written -- and she recommended I try Raymond Chander's stuff. I bought a $5 copy of The Big Sleep, and I never looked back.

cut for a ridiculous obsession with pulp detective fiction and a school-girl crush on phillip marlowe )


I also like non-fiction, in the form of true crime.

It started innocently enough. I picked up a book about Jack the Ripper on a whim -- I had jury duty coming up, and it looked like something I could get through in eight hours, so. No harm done, right?

Ha.

cut for an unhealthy obsession with victorian serial killers and also a few depression era bank robbers )

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