nath: (LOLDenethor)
While I wouldn't mind the LotR extra extended material promised for this set, I have zero interest in the Hobbit* material on the not entirely unexpected ultimate boxset *g*

And that's without even considering the rumoured price tag, as I'm sure I'll have other things to do with the equivalent of $800 that month, or any other month. Also, for that price I'd expect the boxset to come with a tv viewing chair, infinite snacks and drinks, a Ring of Power and some well-behaved Orcs trained to do housework. Oh, and the keys to Barad-dûr.

*I couldn't even bring myself to get the (extended) DVD for the final Hobbit movie, I was that disappointed after the cinema version.
nath: (aragorn sword animation)
Perfect day: snow outside, inside the LotR extended editions, some knitting and cuddling cats

I'm in the early parts of the Two Towers right now, and nearly spit coffee over my knitting when Legolas said where they're taking the hobbits *g*

*blink*

Oct. 30th, 2014 07:15 am
nath: (lego-lass)
Hmm, merchandise can be funny stuff: I can't see any of these nightlights being all that sleep-inducing... for various reasons:-)

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On the other hand, I kind of want the shaker set...

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And, while they don't ship this item to the Netherlands, Amazon does...
nath: (waterkuiken)
As a result of a recent discussion at [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7's LJ, I found out about a particular Sideshow statue of Arwen while looking for something else. Long story short, I ended up buying it, and it arrived today:-)

Arwen; and catses... )

*grump*

Dec. 3rd, 2013 03:31 pm
nath: (Orcs)
The LotR-marathon I was planning on going to this Saturday has been cancelled due to lack of interest. My alternatives are the night premiere of Desolation of Smaug next Tuesday night or my money back. The big question now is whether I can get away with turning up at work next Wednesday in sleep-deprived mode...
nath: (Nazgulls creditBasilisk)
LotR Marathon in a local cinema December 7 - I think I know what I'll be doing that day, even if it probably isn't the EEs *g*
nath: (Halbarad)
Title: ?
Characters: Aragorn, Halbarad
Genre: Drama/action
Warnings: Pelennor, character death, violence, angst (perhaps even some melodrama...)

This is the revision of my existing story Foresight; to take into account the fact that the Grey Company were on horseback in the Battle of the Pelennor and not on foot; I've also tightened up, edited, changed etc. the rest of the story to the point where I'm no longer sure whether it still counts as a revision or is in fact a new story (and therefore I'm only posting it here for now, until I figure out what to do about the original story).

Click to read )
nath: (galaxy)
I thought these were quite funny...
nath: (lego-lass)
So, the LotR-movie marathon is done; that leaves me three and a half weeks to re-read The Hobbit *g*
nath: (books)
Hobbit to Hero arrived today, along with the most recent issue of Parma Eldalamberon. I can't start HtH yet, though; I'm still reading Wagner and Tolkien: Mythmakers, and while I don't mind reading two (or more) books at once, I prefer it if they're different genres.
nath: (lego-lass)
...know how else to put this, but... erm... I have a cave-troll:
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more pics of the Moria set )

Also, I couldn't quite resist Weathertop *g*

Strider! )
nath: (Rat)
For the last few weeks I've been reading along with Mark reads The Lord of the Rings, the closest thing to reading it for the first time again. While it's a lot of fun to share in his journey, the comments are just as interesting.

Today someone observed
Tolkien's day-job was translating Anglo-Saxon poetry, and it really shines through in this chapter; especially the final scene. It's not *quite* poetry itself; the meter isn't consistent and he hasn't put alliteration into every line... but it's almost there, and I think it what makes it so powerful. This is a passage that I think would benefit from being read aloud.

With that he seized a great horn / from Guthláf his banner-bearer
and he blew such a blast on it / that it burst asunder.
And straightway all the horns in the host / were lifted up in music
and the blowing of the horns / of Rohan in that hour
was like a storm upon the plain / and a thunder in the mountains.

"Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!"


From there on to the end of the chapter, reading it like that... just wow...
nath: (writing II)
Boromir has second thoughts about the quest, but finds his resolve again. Originally written for the 2011 LOTR Community Yule Challenge for Larner, and can be found on LJ and at HASA, AO3 and MPTT.

Also, my entry for the January 2012 Potluck Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community: That Guy Who Carries the Banner, an essay in which I explore Halbarad's textual history (currently only on LJ and MPTT, because I'm procrastinating)

memeage

Jul. 22nd, 2011 09:13 am
nath: (foxglove partying)
As seen in several places:

Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

Hmm... since my last fandom-related post was a plug for the Dark AU, looking at that chapter gives me Galadriel, Celeborn, Elladan, Elrohir and a bunch of Lothlórien Elves. Somehow I think we'll be okay.

Going back a bit further gives me A Song of Ice and Fire - so a bunch of kickass fighters, many of whom have an unfortunate habit* of dying all over the place *sigh*

Warning: what follows is technically a spoiler...




*...although if you do it only once it isn't really a habit, I suppose.
nath: (haldir ladies)
... waiting for the new intercom to be installed; I do hear noises coming from outside that suggest they're working on it somewhere in the building, but it'll depend on whether they're working floor by floor or vertically when my turn comes.

In other news, the Dutch Tolkien society (Unquendor) weekend was fun, interesting and exhausting. The lustrum party probably isn't the best time to get to know people if you don't know anyone there yet, though I do now at least know some faces and names. The trick will be to put them together correctly in future.

The lectures and such were definitely worthwhile, especially Tom Shippey stood out (no surprise there), as did Heidi Steimel and the presentation by the translator of the Frisian edition of The Hobbit, and the translator currently working on the Frisian LotR.

This very funny short film of the life of Turin was shown by the guests from the Slovenian Tolkien society.
nath: (escher)
Here's a bit of what I've been up to lately: playing with fonts and stuff )
nath: (escher)
One of the fun things about reinstalling Windows is retraining the spellcheckers. Here are some of the words suggested by Word and Framemaker: aerogram, morgue, handrail, arena, easier, ethylene, glandular, Norway, mandolin, Nigel, Kenya, coroner, trademark. All are names of people, places or things from Middle-earth....
nath: (stokstaartjes)
While my copy of the complete recording of Return of the King is still not here (and that is the second attempt), to keep my ears occupied in the meantime at least the rather splendid musical treatment of (nearly) all songs and verses in LotR by the Tolkien Ensemble arrived yesterday. It's worth it just for Christopher Lee reading the Ringverse... though he sounds wonderful as Treebeard too:-)

*g*

Jul. 15th, 2007 11:16 am
nath: (wings of shadow)
I've always considered it a shame that this quite wonderful example of snarky!Aragorn from the final drafts of LotR didn't make it into the book:
(from HoME 8, The War of the Ring pg. 300) 'You looked in the Stone!' said Gimli, amazed, awestruck, and rather alarmed. 'What did you tell - him?'
'What did I tell him?' said Aragorn sternly, and his eyes glinted. 'That I had a rascal of a rebel dwarf here that I would exchange for a couple of good orcs, thank you! I thought I had the strength, and the strength I had. I said naught to him and wrenched the Stone from him to my own purpose.
Compare with
'You have looked in that accursed stone of wizardry!' exclaimed Gimli with fear and astonishment in his face. 'Did you say aught to - him? Even Gandalf feared that encounter.'
'You forget to whom you speak,' said Aragorn sternly, and his eyes glinted. 'Did I not openly proclaim my title before the doors of Edoras? What do you fear that I should say to him? Nay, Gimli,' he said in a softer voice, and the grimness left his face, and he looked like one who has laboured in sleepless pain for many nights. 'Nay, my friends, I and the lawful master of the Stone, and I had both the right and the strength to use it, or so I judged. The right cannot be doubted. The strength was enough - barely.'
That sentence really wouldn't have gone amiss between 'What do you fear that I should say to him?' and 'Nay, Gimli'...

Edit: Turns out the change was made between the first and second editions. The original published passage read: 'What do you fear that I should say: that I had a rascal of a rebel dwarf here that I would gladly exchange for a serviceable orc?' (courtesy of Hammond and Scull's The Lord of the Rings Companion, pg. 529)
nath: (Fomalhaut)
The food may be wonderful, but would you trust the wine list?

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