Tuesday, May 14, 2013

...And So I'm Putting Up Hobbit Pics To Cheer Myself Up


Too bad it's so small. You really should click on it to get the full benefit. Heehee. In other words, this is 1/2 of the Hobbit cast acting completely normal... In a clockwise direction, beginning with the bald guy at the top left: Graham McTavish (Dwalin - I actually almost typed Dwalin McTavish, can you believe it?), Jed Brophy (Nori), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), John Callen (Oin), Dean O'Gorman in yet another of his flannel shirts (Fili), Adam Brown being adORIble, and Mark Hadlow (Dori), with Sylvester McCoy (Radagast) in the middle.

These guys... can't handle 'em. Just can't.

From left to right: Jed Brophy, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, and Adam Brown.

Speaking of Stephen Hunter (who wants to see more of Bombur in the next movies? I do!), he often finishes his tweets with "Team Bombur". Awww. Bombur seriously needs more appreciation, guys. He cooks wonderfully, he is the only married Dwarf other than Gloin (and apparently has a passle of kids), and he can lay into goblins like nobody's business.

At HobbitCon, Stephen Hunter talked about how Dean and Aidan would invade his trailer to play FIFA on his game system. LOL. Typical boys.

Chillin' Like a Bombur

The best (and most accurate) captions I saw for this pic on Tumblr?

Dori: *resigned to this fate*
Nori: *drunk - happily drunk*
Ori: Why, brothers, whyyyyyyyy?

I still giggle shamelessly when I see this picture, because I think of the captions every time! *gigglesnort*

At the end of HobbitCon they sang "Misty Mountains" for all the fans... *sniff* Really wish I could have been there...

If you can't read it, it says, "If there's a key, there must be a door. - And if there's no key let's hope there is a mailbox."
XD To explain... (according to someone on Tumblr):
So basically what happened was: It was like 5 in the morning and he forgot his keys and thought that he could open the door from the inside out through the letterbox (it was one of those letterboxes in which you can put both milk and letters). When he realized he couldn’t reach the door handle he wanted to push himself back out, but there was nothing to push against. He yelled for his flatmate, an older Irish woman who was drunk all the time, who came downstairs and walked past him to open the door. And when he told her he got stuck she said, “Maybe I’ll pull you out”, but she couldn’t because she was “a woman, older and, you know, drunk” so she sat down in a chair next to him and suggested to call the fire brigade. So the fire brigade turned up and the people in the apartment thought, “Oh, no, there’s a fire!” and they came downstairs and all they could see were his feet sticking out, so people thought a body had been stuck into the letterbox. The fire brigade couldn’t pull him out, so they had to cut a hole in the wall to get him out. He wasn’t injured, “But you know, my dignity was gone.”

Bahahahahaha... The fandom will never let him forget the mailbox incident now... Ahahaha....
Some other fun stuff from HobbitCon:
Tidbits from Sylvester McCoy:
Fan: So is Sebastian okay now?
Sylvester: Bloody upstaging little animal.
Fan: So what would you do if you were given a Ring of Power?
Sylvester: Someone actually did give me a ring once. But not my agent. He thinks I'm dead.
Sylvester: And then a twelve-year-old stole my TARDIS.
Mark Ferguson: And we have a question on the balcony.
Sylvester: Jump!

Random tidbits:
- Adam Brown did dance moves from "All the Single Ladies" music video.
- Graham bowed to the audience and said, "I will remain at your service," at the end of HobbitCon.
- Jed and Adam acted out a scene from Ori's childhood (Nori trying to teach Ori what to do if he encountered a warg) when Mark crashed their panel and started reprimanding them about how there were going to get hurt.
- WETA guy: "Azog is the Aidan Turner of the orcs."
- Graham apparently had problems with his pony (it's white and fluffy... and it's named Harley. Like the motorcycle). He has a new movie coming out sometime; it's a Western. Adam and Jed decided to heckle him and asked, "But if it's a Western, how do you deal with the horses?" He said: "I shot them."
- Mark: “You know, in the film, Ori tries to get away from Dori and starts to listen to Nori more and more. *audience laughs* And you know what!? It’s beginning to happen in real life as well!” Cue Jed and Adam running out from backstage.
- Question to Dean at Hobbitcon panel: How did Fili and Kili really lose the ponies?
    Dean: …Hobbiton weed. I don’t want to say who gave it to us but he’s tall and has a pointy hat. But nice try. It was not what you were thinking.
- When the cast played a game where they had to name Tolkien characters who died (easy, if you've read The Silmarillion; practically only Cirdan, Elrond, and Galadriel survive) (this also demonstrated that Dean fails forever at Tolkien trivia), Jed said, "Gil-galad!" right off the bat. The moderator, Mark Ferguson, played Gil-galad.
Hmm. You really don't see Gil-galad much in the Fellowship - a bit more in the EE, sure, but he's never named and has no lines.
Time to post pictures and explain who he is!
That's him on the right. His name means 'starlight'. He was the High King of the Noldorin Elves at the time of the last alliance, and after he died... there was no one left to take his place. He was (in The Silmarillion; it may have been mixed up with Tolkien's revisions) originally called Ereinion, and was the son of Fingon, son of Fingolfin, son of Finwe. (Fingolfin was awesome, by the way... He fought Sauron's boss and managed to wound him so badly he was lame ever after. Oh, Fingolfin died, of course, but he went out awesomely...)
Gil-galad's uncle, Turgon, was the King of the City of Gondolin. The sword Gandalf has - Glamdring? Yeah, it belonged to Turgon. Fans speculate that Orcrist, which Thorin uses, and Sting, which Bilbo has picked up, were originally a set that belonged to Ecthelion of the Fountain, one of Turgon's Elf-lords, who gave his life to kill a Balrog. Yeah. Elves of the First Age... not to be trifled with!
If you look closely, you can see Gil-galad earlier in the prologue, when the three Elven rings are shown. Galadriel is the focus of the shot, of course, but the silver-haired guy in the back is Cirdan the Shipwright, who was given Narya, the Ring of Fire (which he passed on to Gandalf), and the dark-haired guy is Gil-galad. Gil-galad was given Vilya, the Ring of Air, and luckily he gave it to Elrond, who was his herald at the battle in Mordor, for safe keeping before he died.
Gil-galad also went out in a really unpleasant way. I had expected that it would show his death in the FOTR EE, but no such luck. In the book all it says, other than that he died, is a throwaway comment by Isildur as he's describing the Ring and how its markings fade when the Ring is cool: "Maybe it misseth the heat of Sauron's hand, and so was Gil-galad destroyed."
I cannot help but imagine that Sauron grabbed Gil-galad by the throat, lifted him up, and literally set him on fire so that he burned to death. Yeah. I have a pleasant imagination. I guess they didn't want to put that in the movie.
Gil-galad must have dropped his spear, Aiglos ('icicle'), since Elrond was able to take it home with him. I think it was kept with the broken Narsil (has anyone spotted it in that scene in FOTR?), which would be a nice symbolism of the way their owners were friends in life.
Sam recites in The Fellowship of the Ring the beginning of a poem about Gil-galad:
Gil-galad was an Elven King,
Of him the harpers sadly sing;
His realm was the last that was fair and free
Between the Mountains and the Sea.
His sword was long, his lance was keen,
His shining helm afar was seen;
The countless stars of heaven's field
Were mirrored in his silver shield.
But long ago he rode away
And where he dwells none can say;
For into darkness fell his star,
In Mordor where the shadows are.
Me again, quoting Tolkien poetry from memory. Please excuse any errors.
Here's another picture of Gil-galad.
Probably facing Sauron... There's pictures of Gil-galad of footage that clearly never made it into the movie; can't this stuff be released? Geeks want to know!!!
Maybe I should go hunt up more pictures...
In Pace Christi,

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