Shhhhhh,,,don't want to disturb him:) He might be dreaming of what he wants for Christmas..one of these years..
More casting news and The Hobbit & LOTR gift shop..
Here's another Hobbit gift idea - it's a woolen scarf from NZ - perhaps they'd customize it or the ubiquitous tshirt for us..we could wear the latter as an everyday nightie as opposed to special occasions*wink* :)
Cate Blanchett (“Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will reprise her role from “Lord of The Rings” trilogy as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien. Ken Stott (“Charlie Wilson’s War”, TV’s “Rebus”) will play the Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy (TV’s “Doctor Who”) will play the wizard Radagast the Brown and well-known Swedish actor, Mikael Persbrandt (“Everlasting Moments”, “Day and Night”) will play the shape-shifter Beorn. British actor Ryan Gage (“Outlaw”, TV’s “Doctors”) will play Drogo Baggins, with New Zealand actors Jed Brophy (“Lord of The Rings” trilogy, “District 9”) playing the role of the dwarf Nori, and William Kircher (“Out of the Blue”; TV’s “Legend of the Seeker”) rounding out the company of Thorin Oakensheild in role of the dwarf Bifur.
[Ricrar trivia: can't believe how many times since The Hobbit/RA announcement that I've seen Thorin's last name misspelled as above. Simple spelling rule comes to mind "i before e except after c." :) Class dismissed for the day;) hehe
Peter Jackson welcomed the news of Cate Blanchett’s return to Middle-earth “Cate is one of my favorite actors to work with and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her reprise the role she so beautifully brought to life in the earlier films”
So sweet and lovely for the holiday season -- Know for a fact that Harry was her RA first:)
Guy and Marian: 'Kiss Me, Oh Kiss Me' by aryabodhisattva..
Back on the Christmas shopping train - appears merchandising for The Hobbit has already begun...care for the boardgame where you can play one of the dwarves?...hmmm, which one would we play..hmmm;)
Can you detect a definite pattern that's developed with recent RA characters? Last sentence below.."at the end of the novel, Thorin remains an almost tragic figure." We could insert Guy..Lucas or even John Mulligan and rightfully add "almost tragic figure." Which no doubt will again make the actor happy:)
Was the last truly happy ending for John Thornton?
>Thorin Oakenshield: Though he makes his appearance at the start of the novel and is part of the adventure throughout, Thorin is never fully developed. For much of the book, he seems to be just one of the dwarves, even though he is their leader. In moments of danger, however, Thorin always comes to the forefront and does his part. Unfortunately, Thorin, more than any other dwarf, becomes obsessed with the treasure, especially the Arkenstone, and his greed clouds his basic goodness.
Initially, Tolkien portrays Thorin as pompous leader, very conscious of his own dignity and what is due to him as chief of the dwarves. He is also portrayed as courageous and loyal to his companions. He does not hesitate to act when the trolls and goblins attack and tries his best to rescue his companions, despite overwhelming odds. He also behaves with fairness and scrupulous attention to detail when he takes Bilbo on as the official burglar for the expedition, promising him an equal share of the profits. As the hobbit becomes increasingly heroic, Thorin begins conceding some of the leadership of the group to Bilbo, eventually accepting his leadership and his plans without resentment or undue pride.
When the treasure is within grasp, Thorin changes dramatically to the worse. Gripped by greed, he becomes autocratic and uncaring, rejecting the legitimate claims of Bard and the people of Lake- town to part of the treasure and ungratefully throwing Bilbo out after his attempt to secure peace. When he does agree to give up a part of the treasure, the effect of gold-lust on him is so strong that he forgets his own lineage, code of conduct, and pride, breaking his word.
Thorin at last comes back to his senses, bravely fighting
in the Battle of Five Armies and making amends with Bilbo. However, at the end of the novel, Thorin remains an almost tragic figure.