Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Some character planning.

My LOTRO characters and their spouses. (This is mostly just a reference post for me)

  • Alellea Inkwell (hobbit guardian) - Hahlen Highbrook (hobbit burglar)
  • Malyndael Everfaith (elf hunter) - Elthiriond Silverfair (elf champion)
  • Niralieth Fairsmoke (woman warden) - Eodlarwyn Windsoft (woman captain)
  • Tahlae Highbrook (hobbit hunter) - Bosric Brighttune (hobbit minstrel)
  • Faemaril Stellbright (elf lore-master) - Telanwe Swiftgaze (elf guardian)
  • Miliori Mistydawn (dwarf rune-keeper) - Rimilan Gentlewood (dwarf champion)
I don't even have any race of men...men. Oops. 
Wow I need to stop making new characters. (But I just had to make sure they all had a spouse)

Hahlen

Saturday, December 28, 2013

For when I can make new characters.

I'm hoping to get a 3 month VIP subscription to LOTRO for my birthday (which is April 30 so I have a while to wait) and I'm already starting to plan out who my characters will be.

First up is a woman captain from Dale.
I'm feeling names that begin with L or C. I may change it a little so that her eyes are dark but I do like that silvery/blue color.
I haven't tried out the captain class yet, I wonder if I'll enjoy it.
I do love being able to wear heavy armor.
There are so little good hairstyles to choose from for women it's not fair.
Hmmm I may want to make her hair white.
Am I trying to turn her into Storm we just don't know.

Next is a dwarf runekeeper from the Iron Hills.
I've never created a dwarf so I'm kind of excited to be able to play as one!
Yes I see that he's dressed as a minstrel, let's just ignore that.
Dwarves have such COOL hair options! Lots of braids and long beards.
His name will probably begin with an I or D.




I also want to make a champion, an elf from Lorien.
His name will begin with an E I've already decided.
Also I've decided to pair him with my elf hunter, Malyndael. Yup.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My first day in Frostbluff.



Over the last few weeks I've made multiple posts on Twitter/Facebook about my excitement for the Yule Festival in LOTRO because I've been hearing so many good things about it and I COULDN'T WAIT. I even contemplated staying up late to wait for the moment it started but I wasn't dedicated enough.

Well it's only been one day and I already caved and got my main a new pony (do not trust me around turbine points okay, especially around the holidays because I will spoil my guardian rotten I swear), and got her a new outfit. I wish one of the ponies had a red/green color scheme, I'd be all over that. And I'm still too low to get a war horse, I'm only level 42. (BUT SOOON.) So it's been a pretty successful day for Alellea, though I can't say the same for my alts... mostly because I used them all to buy stuff for her. (Sorry Malyndael, Niralieth, and Tahlae! Love you.)

Not many of the other cosmetics interest me but I do have my eye on the theatre stage, the thespian title and some hats and gloves...I have enough time!


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Tolkien Headcanons #2

Tonight I found out that Luke Evans is a pretty dang good singer AND THEN I found out he played Roger in a West End production of Rent. Rent is my favorite musical so naturally I FREAKED OUT and then proceeded to listen to all the songs I could find of Luke singing in the musical.
Okay I have a headcanon now that Bard would sing his wife love songs till she fell asleep. And he would sometimes wake her up while he hummed in her ear and kissed her cheek.
And when she was on her deathbed, she asked him to sing her her favorite song and he did while trying to fight back tears.Their children watched from afar and softly sang along. And as Bard reached the last verse, she closed her eyes and smiled before taking her last breath.
He then finished the song before letting himself cry.

Don't look at me, don't touch me. I made myself dead inside.

Alellea

When I started LOTRO a couple years ago I didn't know I would get so attached to my characters. Well it took a while, I deleted my first two a while back. Mostly because I had no idea what I was doing and I sucked. I was a horrible LOTRO player. I'm still not great but at least I know how to walk in a straight line now! My first (new) character is an elf hunter from Rivendell named Malyndael, but my second character ended up becoming my favorite. (Sorry to all of my other characters!)
















This is my main, Alellea Inkwell, a guardian from the Shire. She loves watching the sun set (yes I see the corniness), freshly baked bread (she's a horrible baker but luckily her mom is one of the best bakers in all of the Shire) and pouring over her father's maps. She's from a family of six, her mother, father, and three younger siblings.

After losing her father a few years back, Alellea took on the responsibility to take care of her two brothers and sister. Her story isn't an extremely uncommon one, but it's a sad one nonetheless. She works hard to help raise her younger siblings along side her mother.

Alellea is only 24, still in her tweens, and her siblings are six (Aldrell - the youngest), eight (Areldoc) and 15 (Althenia). Her mother, Althelle, is a very skilled cook and baker but she works as a teacher, helping mold the minds of young hobbit children. Her father, Thaendro, was an artistic soul and expressed his talent through his maps. He enjoyed going on the occasional journey, but never beyond Bree. He always liked being close to his family in Hobbiton and never liked to be away for too long. Alellea grew up learning the art of cartography from her father and she was fascinated by the lines her father drew and places he would talk about. Out of all of the children, she showed the most interest in her father's profession. Her father's "study" was (and still is) filled with bookshelves full of parchment, boxes of quills, bottles of inks in almost every color imaginable and the faint smell of pipe-weed and lemons.

She doesn't mind wearing a dress every once in a while but she prefers to wear jackets and trousers - since it's more comfortable to travel in. While her father was alive, she sometimes went with him when he traveled all across the Shire and she would work on her own maps. The journeys always took a long time because Alellea would keep stopping and sketching everything that caught her eye. Now she prefers to journey alone, but that could be because she doesn't like going places with other people as much as her dad. She makes sure to have her fathers "lucky" quill on her whenever she's traveling. She still makes multiple stops to sketch, but her pony, Thea, is used to it so she doesn't mind.

Alellea is a quiet soul, not a big fan of big gatherings and parties. She'll happily spend an entire day studying her father's maps and the ones he received over the years from fellow travelers. I would say she's shy as well, only having a few close friends, but that doesn't bother her. Her closest friend is a hobbit hunter named Tahlae Highbrook.

Aldrell constantly begs Alellea to draw him pictures of far off lands and animals and she is always happy to oblige. Alellea currently lives on her own now but she's only a few holes away from her family. Just the way she likes it. She now has a good sized collection of her own maps and even some designs of hobbit holes she hopes to build one day, but it's far fetched since she's not skilled in construction. The walls in her home are filled with her father's maps and drawings, but her favorite one is hung above her bed. It's an unfinished drawing of Alellea and her siblings sleeping on the floor in her family's home in front of the fire. It's also her mother's favorite but she didn't mind parting with it because she knew it made Alellea happy.

Okay this turned out to be MUCH longer than I expected. I should probably sleep now, goodnight.


Quick DOS Thoughts

Jumbled thoughts ahead, just a warning!

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Those Little Moments #1

There are these small moments in the LOTR trilogy that make me so happy. Well, come make me happy, some make me sad but they make me feel.

I was doing a re-listen of the soundtracks today and the song when the Fellowship is leaving Rivendell came on. Which I LOVE. The music starts out soft, and it sounds a little fragile, almost trembling. You see the Fellowship starting their journey and they're walking across a bridge, then you see them walking with Rivendell in the background. As they're doing this the music is getting juuuuust a little bit more intense, but still quiet. The shot goes to them walking across vast plains, there's panoramic shots, beautiful scenery, all that good stuff. The music gets louder, quicker and I always get a slight anxious feeling, but an excited kind of anxious.

AND THEN IT HAPPENS. The Fellowship walks past those rocks and the music INTENSIFIES.

DAAAA DAAAAAAAAAA DADADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA DADADAAAAA DADADAAAAAA DADADAAAA DA DA DAAAAAAAAAAAA DAAAAAA DADADAAAAAAA DA DA DAAAAA DA DA DAAAA DA DA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


Thursday, November 28, 2013

More and more LOTRO.

I purchased an expansion pack from LOTRO today because it was on sale for $19.99, it came with the Moria, Mirkwood, Isengard and Rohan expansions. Not only that but I got two new character slots, the Warden and Rune keeper classes and two new steeds! I had no idea about the new steeds so it was a nice surprise to see them in my inventory.

Steed of the Eastemnet
Red-clad Horse of the Gap
I made a woman from Gondor Warden character today and named her Niralieth. She's level 12 right now and still questing around Combe. It's fun so far playing as a Warden...I think defense classes are my favorite. (I love being a guardian!) I'm still learning what it takes to be this class, so many different combinations for fighting! Maybe I'll make a cheat sheet and study it so I'll be prepared when going against baddies.

I maaaaay have made another new character.... this time an elf champion named Elthiriond. He's my first male character! Well, I did make one a long time ago, a man named Ethrilhelm, but that was on a different account and I can't even remember what my username/email was.
Elthiriond is a smirker and has a really sweet hairdo.


Now what I want to do is explore my characters more, meaning I want to figure out their personalities and likes and dislikes. I have it almost figured out for my main, Alellea, but not quite.
Four characters. Alellea (hobbit guardian), Malyndael (elf hunter), Niralieth (woman warden), Elthiriond (elf champion), I wonder if I can keep up!
I do have one more character slot left for Landroval...hmmmmmmm. Another hobbit perhaps?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ponies!

I got my fifth pony today, the Prized Mathom Society Steed! I've been so excited to get this pony, not only because it's beautiful but because it reminds me of one of the pet rabbits I had growing up, Oreo. I really should stop spending all of my coins on ponies.....naaah. (Starter pony not shown)

This was the first pony I got after the starter one. It's the Spooky Steed of the Bat that I got during the Harvest Festival this year. I decided to name him Mal.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Home sweet home!

I caved and bought myself a hobbit home in LOTRO today. My wallet is no where as full as it used to be but I can fill it up again. I'm pretty excited! Once I get enough money I'll pay my upkeep to last me for a while so I won't have to worry about it.

This is my new home! I'm going to have to do some serious decorating to make it look nice. I think my hobbit guardian, Alellea is happy.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Sit by the firelight's glow...

IT FINALLY HAPPENED. The Lord of the Rings musical will go on a world tour starting in 2015. It took me an embarrassingly long time to write this short article on Middle-earth News because my entire body was shaking from excitement! My hands still won't stay still.

Back in 2007-2008 when the show first started coming about I remember going on the show's website and staring in awe at the photos and videos. Eventually I begged my mom to bring me to London so I could watch it, she said no, of course. So since I couldn't go I became very bitter and kept thinking things like, "Wow I bet it's dumb anyway. You can't fit LOTR in one musical. I'm glad I'm not seeing it. *grumble grumble*" After a while I forgot about the show.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"It took a modern adaptation to get me there."

I was looking around on Amazon for Tolkien related books and came across one that looked pretty interesting. I saw that it had one review, and the reviewer gave it a one star rating. Curious, I scrolled down to see this person's reasoning and it made me, well, sad. In it the reviewer says "My heart sank when I read in the introduction that the author’s first exposure to Tolkien was through Peter Jackson’s movies." My heart sank when read this comment. My first exposure to Tolkien was through Peter Jackson's adaptations and it was the first exposure for many many fans all around the world. It made me sad to remember that there are people who would look down on me for not reading the books first.

Well you know what? I shouldn't feel bad. I should be able to proudly say that a modern adaptation was the beginning of my love for Tolkien. The movies opened up a new world for me, something the books wouldn't have been able to do at that time. I was eight when I saw FOTR in theaters and I'm pretty sure if I attempted to read the book before seeing it I wouldn't get very far. In fact, after watching FOTR I tried to read LOTR. I read all the way up to ROTK and only made it halfway through that book. And I understood very little of the story. All I remember is going up to my dad, very confused, and asking him who Tom Bombadil was.

Once a year after that I tried to tackle LOTR but failed every time. I didn't even get passed FOTR. The only Tolkien book I could understand was The Hobbit. It wasn't until I started college that I had a successful read through. What I learned is that you shouldn't force yourself enjoy something. Even though I couldn't read the book I knew that one day I would be able to. I liked collecting the books and looking at them knowing they were waiting for me.

It shouldn't matter how someone becomes interested in something. What's more important is that someone did get there and that person appreciates it. Being a fan is unnecessarily difficult lately and I don't like it.

This is my say on the matter, feel free to disagree.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tolkien-Inspired Questionnaire

I saw this post on tumblr and decided to make it into a blog post. This is a LONG post, just a warning.

Frodo: What is your deepest wound, and do you still hurt from it?
My deepest wound happened to me during my senior year in high school. Everything turned out okay in the end but, yes, I still do.

Bilbo: When did taking a chance improve your life?
When I said yes to doing an episode of Warriors of the Westfold last year. I've never been on a live web show before but I thought "What the hell, it could be fun" and because I did this I became a reporter for Middle-earth News.

Samwise: Have you ever done something for a friend that you would never have done on your own?
Hmmmm. I'm upset that I can't think of anything.

Merry: Who would you swear loyalty to, or to whom have you already done so?
I haven't sworn loyalty to anyone and I don't know if I want to. Too much pressure!

My Journey to Rivendell

Last week I decided to try and travel to Rivendell alone in LOTRO. I needed to get to the Hall of Fire to drink a couple wines for an Inn League Quest. I'm only level 31 so I was a little scared that I would die. I made the mistake of going at night and almost fainted when I saw trolls patrolling the roads. I immediately RAN away and peeked around a rock till the sun came up. As soon as it was clear I made a dash for the Ford of Bruinen. I freaked out a little I finally got there. It's BEAUTIFUL. Well the Trollshaws in general is beautiful.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yesterday was AWESOME!

The Hobbit Fan Event was yesterday and I attended the one in NYC. IT WAS AMAZING. I had so much fun. I was pretty nervous because it was my first official duty as a reporter for Middle-earth News and I went alone. I didn't know anyone but I started talking to the people in line and it was lots of fun. It's a fan event, so I wanted to be with the fans. I saw great cosplays, talked to fellow fans and shared many laughs. Got myself a Nori ring from a woman named Deejay who was thoughtful enough to give out buttons and rings to everyone in line.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hobbit fan event tomorrow!!!!

Tomorrow is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Worldwide Fan Event and I am sO EXCITED OH MY GOD.
I can't wait to see Richard Armitage and Orlando Bloom in person I may faint right there in the audience once they start talking. Am I being serious or joking you just don't know.

I'll be "close" to the other actors and Peter Jackson. Also I was so happy to hear that Jed Brophy was going to host the Wellington event. I wonder what we're going to see...I wonder what PJ's "thank you" will be.... I wonder how long I'll last in the cinema without crying.

This is a good representation of how I'm feeling right now:


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thought of the Day

This morning I started thinking about how fantastic it is to finally have Tolkien fans as friends. Growing up all of my friends either have never watched LOTR, never read any of Tolkien's books, thought the books/movies were too long and boring and not worth getting into. And it SUCKED. Of course, I had my dad but it was still lonely not being able to watch my favorite movies with friends. I still fantasize about having a LOTR movie marathon with a big group of friends, which involves a lot of junk food. It'll happen one day. Not sure when but it will. And we'll build a pillow fort, I HAVE DECIDED.

Joining Tumblr over two years ago was the starting point. I found the Tolkien community and I'm still really good friends with many of the people I met years ago, and I'm friends with others I just met this year. I can proudly say things like "Yeah, I have friends in the UK, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, Germany..." I sound well traveled but really I'm just at home in front of my computer screen.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Rainy Day in the Shire

When I was playing LOTRO the other day it was raining so I took screenshots. I always take screenshots.





Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fellowship of the Ring Concert

In 2009, when I was 16, I went to the Fellowship of the Ring Concert in Radio City Music Hall. I remember very clearly how I found out about this event. I was sitting outside somewhere in Union Square with a friend and she showed me The Onion. I never read that paper before, and while I was flipping through the pages there was a full page spread advertising the concert. I froze and let out a strange, deep, loud gasp and yelled out "WHAT IS THIS???" Pretty sure I scared my friend.

I spent the next few days begging my mom for tickets. I ended up selling some of my LOTR action figures (I know I know, I MISS THEM) to afford the tickets. I just HAD to be near the front. It would have been an equally amazing experience even if I was near the top. I went with my dad and we had some pretty good seats.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

THIS GUY.

As I was questing in the Lone-lands I passed by some strange creatures. I didn't know what they were so I clicked on one and it was an Earth-kin. I started panicking when I saw it was level 85, thought it was going to attack me!
Had to bring the leader some peace offerings and then I saw THIS. DUDE.

Took some screenshots (of course) because I thought he looked awesome.
Even put my texture setting on high, didn't know what I was missing!



Radagast!

Ended up playing LOTRO for three hours today. Still questing in the Lone-lands, and I got to meet Radagast! I was wondering when I was going to get to see him.
Got my hobbit guardian, Alellea, to level 28. Almost to 30!
Soooooooon.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Day in the Lone-lands

Played some LOTRO today after not playing for over two months. My main is a hobbit guardian named Alellea. I didn't realize how much I missed her!

I spent some time in the Lone-lands trying to complete deeds (gotta get those damn turbine points, you know). Stuck around till the sun came up to take many some screenshots.

The graphics in this game are so beautiful. The clouds move! I'll gladly spend a long time just staring at the sky.

Here's a small group of the shots I took.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Possible Cosplays?

I'm not going to lie. I'm not a cosplayer. The most I've done was dress up as a character from South Park one year and a character from Hey Arnold in high school. I hardly even know how to sew on a button. It's embarrassing.
I want to cosplay, it looks like so much fun. When I was at NYCC this month the cosplayers I saw were amazing. The work that goes into making the costumes is easy to tell. I want to do that.

I have a lot of characters I want to play... and I also want to dress up as a hobbit lass. I wouldn't mind having long curls and wearing a pretty dress. A lot of the inspiration for this comes from the first Hobbit Chronicles book. Specifically the blue one. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I really need to start researching and learning about sewing.
These hobbits aren't chubby enough if you ask me.

The World Shelf

One of the things my mom loves the most is traveling and sometimes I go with her but I'm not much of a traveler. Less than a day in and I'll start to complain about how I want to go home.

But whenever I look back at the places I've seen I feel very lucky. Over the years I've developed a small (I say small because of my Tolkien bookcases) collection from my travels as well as my mom's. I keep everything, aside from bags, on a shelf, I call it my world shelf. 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Scenes

The extended scenes from the first Hobbit movie have been going around on Tumblr this past week.
Caps I use are from here.

One of the scenes is from the Shire. Apparently it's from a celebration and this is young Bilbo with Belladonna and Gandalf is there setting off his fireworks.
Okay I'm sold on the baby Bilbo. He's adorable. And I would love to see Mama Baggins.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Oh saaaay can you seeeee my eeeyes? If you can then my hair's too short!

This is going to be a pretty boring post... it's about my hair.

I currently have short hair and have had short hair for a while now.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Thinking about next year's Valentine's Day.

In 2012 I made over 40 corny (and I mean corny) LotR valentines. I did it because I thought it would be funny and the valentines were a big hit. You can find them all on my Tumblr blog here.

Some were meant to be sweet.

Shield and Body

I'm so excited to see the Battle of Five Armies. I can't wait to see Fili and Kili die!
Hm. That didn't come out that way I wanted it to but I can't wait to see how PJ and Co. will decide to have them go.
It must be devastating and they must die defending their uncle. I want it to be so sad that I need a box of tissues nearby and they can't die trying to save anyone who is not their uncle. Because of the rumors that Kili has a crush on Tauriel I've seen some theories that he will die for her. And that can't happen. Nope. Fili and Kili must die for Thorin, it can't be anyone else.

When I'm feeling especially self destructive I think about the way they will die during the battle. I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was very young, and Fili and Kili's deaths didn't stick out to me. You learn about what happened to them after the battle and not much is said about them. All we know is that they fell trying to defend their uncle with shield and body. SHIELD AND BODY. My expectations are high, I expect to see an extremely dramatic death.

Monday, October 14, 2013

New York Comic Con 2013

First off I want to apologize for the lack of photos!

I don't even know where to begin, there's so much to talk about. Hmm.

Well, New York Comic Con was amazing. And because my dad was helping out a family friend with his booth, Rachel and I were able to receive exhibitor passes. We went on Saturday and Sunday, and spent both those days wandering around the convention center. There were some fantastic cosplays! The most memorable ones for me were the Iron Throne (which you can see in this short video), an Adventure Time group (Fionna, Flame Princess, Marceline, Lumpy Space Princess and Prince Bubblegum) and a Kaylee from Firefly. She looked so much like Jewel Staite.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Romeo and Juliet on Broadway... AND ORLANDO BLOOM.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Now that that's out of the way I can begin.

I saw Romeo and Juliet tonight and Orlando played Romeo. Gonna admit that I am not much of a Shakespeare fan so the play didn't wow me much. But it was good, it was interesting to see some modern elements included... like Romeo's motorcycle.

I wanted to stay cool and collected. I really didn't know how I would react because I've never met or seen a LotR actor in real life. I was doing fine when I was in line to get in the theatre, but as soon as I entered I just CRIED. Not a lot, just a few tears. I kept thinking "Oh my god.... I'm going to see Legolas!!!"

Friday, October 4, 2013

Beorn Thoughts

Quick thoughts on Beorn:

  • not hairy enough
  • seriously, where is the chest hair
  • the empty space where the beard would be mocks me
  • looks strangely orange. but that's most likely due to the editing and photograph
  • hair is surprisingly light
  • he has no chest hair
  • this guy turns into a bear. where is the body hair
  • this is nothing like how I pictured Beorn
  • he looks like he's in mid transformation

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tolkien Headcanons #1

After Frodo leaves for the Grey Havens, I have this headcanon about Sam. When Sam is by himself I feel like he would sometimes talk to himself, as if he was talking to Frodo.

I imagine Sam sitting outside in his garden when it's nice out, or resting in his favorite chair looking out the window telling Frodo about his day, what his children are up to. Maybe laughing to himself as he recalls their adventures.

But after he's done speaking I have this image in my head... of all the joy leaving his face. And then I see him tearing up and softly crying as he quietly tells Frodo he misses him.

I made myself sad.



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Getting ready for a party of special magnificence.

I'm EXCITED. Tomorrow is September 22nd which meeeaaaaaaans..... it'll be Bilbo and Frodo's birthday!

I'll be spending tomorrow working on my meal for Hobbit Feast Week, read my favorite scenes from The Hobbit and maybe watch a little of FOTR. Oh! And tomorrow at 11 am EST I'll be joining some of the other Middle-earth reporters in a special Hobbit Day webcast. Be sure to tune in and watch it live! It's going to be a lot of fun. :D


Sunday, September 15, 2013

How do you art??

I think I'm a pretty good artist. When I have the motivation, that is.

Before I started college I always drew. I'd never leave the house without one of my sketchbooks and bag of pencils. And when I was accepted to my dream school, an art college in NYC, I couldn't wait to go! But I ended up going to another school. Why? Because art school is simply too expensive.

So after coming to terms with not going to art school I slowly stopped doing the one thing I enjoyed the most. My dad asks me all the time if I'm drawing and I always reply "no". I just don't feel like it most of the time and it's just sad. Now whenever I try to draw everything I create looks horrible to me.

I've been trying to draw again. I'm hoping to become a graphic design major next semester, and I think once I'm able to take visual art classes again I'll feel better. At least I hope so.

Hurry up!

Last night was the first time in months I chose to not turn my fan on. Instead, I decided to open my window to let the cool air in. It hasn't been anything but annoyingly warm and humid for so long. I think autumn is FINALLY arriving.

I've had enough of the hot weather. Mosquitoes coming out and attacking me whenever they can, the sweaty subway rides during my morning commute, the heat slapping me in the face with it's gross humidity... BE GONE. I am so ready for some nice breezy cold weather.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New edition of The Hobbit!

I now have 20 copies of The Hobbit. You can never have too many books.... right?
Right.


I knew I wanted my 20th copy to be extra special and indeed it was! It's the newest edition of the classic, with illustrations by Jemima Catlin. 


As I'm writing this I'm glancing over to my bookshelf and looking at the book. I'm so happy to have it as part of my collection! Hmm, I wonder if my local Barnes & Noble will sell it when it's released here... I wonder if they're selling the deluxe edition. I'm going to have to go visit.

Friday, September 6, 2013

[Insert clever title here]

I haven't written a post in a while, and I never really know what to blog about. So I'm just going to talk about some random moments in my life when before I discovered the Tolkien community on the internet.

When FOTR was in theaters I somehow managed to convince my two best friends to watch it with me. I remember talking to them about how awesome this movie was and that they had to see it. And I think I remember it going fairly well, besides one part: when Bilbo wants the Ring back. You know. That scene.
We were a group of eight year old girls, so what did we do? Screamed at the top of our lungs. Oh man. Everyone else in the theater most likely wondered why someone would bring these little kids to the movie.

When I was in fifth or sixth grade I was watching TTT with some friends. These friends weren't exactly the biggest LOTR fans but for some reason they agreed to watch it with me. We made it to the scenes with Rohan before they turned it off. Turns out I was softly humming all the music... the entire time and they couldn't take it. How can you not sing the Rohan theme, though???

Sunday, August 25, 2013

I can show you the wooooorld.

I never considered myself someone who enjoys traveling. The long plane rides, being away from home, expensive shopping and all that. And I'm a huge complainer, especially when I was younger. My mom had to force me to travel with her. Can you imagine? I didn't want to go to places like Paris, and Peru and Mexico. I considered that a form of punishment, to have to leave my home and be in a place I wasn't familiar with. My mom even had to pay me to take my photo. It was never over like twenty-five cents, but still. Looking back I can't believe how stubborn I was.

I do enjoy traveling a little more now, but I still hate plane rides. Especially plane rides to the Philippines, which takes over 20 hours to get there. *shudders at the thought*

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Welcome. Willkommen to Kino Das Bang Bang Boom Boom 1970 Gjong-Hai Ich Habe Eisen Diese Nacht Willkommen 2004.

I've decided to completely start over and create a new blog. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the best at updating... or writing interesting posts.

I do have tumblr blogs, but that's not the same type of blogging. And now that I have a ridiculous amount of followers on my main tumblr (currently over 12,000), it's gotten difficult to voice my thoughts and opinions without being attacked. I've lost sight of what blogging really is. So that's why I'm here!

I'll be writing about my thoughts, annoyances, hope & dreams and anything else I like. This will be a personal blog!

And I hope all of you know where the title of this post is from.

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