Monday, December 22, 2014

Fili and Kili - I'll be home for Christmas pencil drawing

Ho, ho, ho, Merry (almost) Christmas!

   Okay, this time of year has been a bit less Christmasy than usual, seeing that the Hobbit's tearful ending happened just a week before Christmas Day.

   But other than that, I have been thinking that these two things (Hobbits and Holidays) should not be apart as they are. Other than people saying "it's the most wonderful time of the year" with the cover of the Hobbit on it, I haven't seen so much Christmas cheer in the fandom these days.

   Though there's not much to be cheerful about. I mean, salty tears in the air do not induce cheer.

   And to add to those mixed Christmas feelings, I've done a drawing for you. It's suppose to be from the Battle of the Five Armies. Yes, I do know that in the movie this is not how it all rolled out, but for a moment let's forget about that and use our imaginations.

   I've got another "in memory of" pencil drawing for Fili I'm working on now, so keep an eye out for that.

   The medium I used was pencil, though I think maybe someday I'll re-do it in charcoal.

I'll be home for Christmas
if only in my dreams

   This song has always been sad for me. And now, it's even sadder. Kili promised his mum he'd be home for Christmas. But they were home, for the last time, they were home.

Merry Christmas,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

#OneLastTimeQ&A - Tag

Hello, people of the internet!

   Yes, one last time. We saw it on Tuesday night. All I can say if bring a handkerchief, like me. I needed it a lot. I hardly cry in movies, but I sobbed (literally) in this one.

   Anyway, back to the odd title... as you know if you're following this blog, I made a post a couple days ago with my #OneLastTime watercolor. This hashtag looks a little bit different, no?

(I know that's not very well edited, but I was in a hurry)

   It's a Q&A? No, I'm not answering questions about the movie. I'm asking them.

   It's a tag I came up with, a few simple(ish) questions about the movie for us, the fans.

The rules are simple:
1. You must be tagged to take the Q&A quiz
2. You must tag (and notify) at least three other bloggers (or tumblr, or facebook, or wordpress, or whatever they're on) for this Q&A
3. You must answer the following questions to the best of your ability
4. You must have seen the Battle of the Five Armies to be tagged/take the quiz. 

   But what if I haven't seen the movie yet, you ask. If you tag someone who hasn't seen the movie yet, they can just answer them after they do. If you or the person you tagged are not planning to see the movie, then they may respectfully decline :)

   Okay, here are the questions (which I will answer first)...

Spoiler alert (who dies) in the answers of questions

1. Tell your story of how you came to see the movie(s), or got into Tolkien in the first place.

   My mom took my sister and I to go see the Adventures of Tintin in theaters, and in the trailers before the movie started, the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey trailer played. It was beautiful, and the music (the Misty Mountains) stuck in my head through the whole film until we got in the car. I asked Mom if we could go see it, and she suggested we read it first. After reading the books, we watched the Lord of the Rings, and soon went to go see the Hobbit for the first time. And that's how my journey began.

2. Who are your three favorite characters in the Hobbit trilogy?

   Thorin, Bilbo, and Fili, in that order.

3. Did you cry in the Battle of the Five Armies, and if so, in which scene(s) and what type (sniffling, sobbing, choke-crying)?

   I cried in many, many scenes... the ones to note would be the deaths (though I did nearly cry when Bain and Bard were after the dragon, it was a well acted scene on the part of Bain). I was choke-crying through Fili's death. Kili's made me sniffle/cry, and Thorin's came back to sobbing. But when Bilbo came back to the Shire, and when the credits rolled and the song played, those were happy tears.

   Basically I cried the whole way through. Now, to be clear, I'm not a real movie crier, i.e. I don't cry much in movies. But in this one, I cried harder then I have ever cried so far in my life. My handkerchief was over my face most of the film. Willow is usually the one who gets emotional in movies, but she was the one patting my arm for comfort this time.

4. Were the deaths compelling to you, and if so, who's?

   Every death was very compelling to me, but the hardest to take was Fili's, then Thorin's, then Kili's (in that order). Fili's was so brutal, and he was so strong, it made me weep openly. Thorin's was so compelling because of the acting (wonderful acting on the part of Richard Armitage). The way he delivered his lines was gentle, and with Bilbo's reaction to his death... it made me cry. Kili's was pretty bad, but it felt more like 'sad' then 'heartbreak' to me.

5. Over all, were you satisfied with the movie itself?

   Yes. I think there were things they could have changed, added, or left out to make it better, but overall I think it was a emotional and very good film.

6. Describe the movie in one word.


Okay, now on to the nominees...

1. Megan Jane (
2. Sarah (
3. Willow (

Okay, that's it for now! More Hobbit stuff comin' soon :) Thanks guys!


a very fond farewell,

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#OneLastTime watercolor

One Last Time.

One last walk down the theater isles.

One last time of your stomach churning as you watch for the first time the newest (and last) Hobbit film's logo appear on the dark theater screen.

One last time of leaving the theater, into the light of day, having seen an ending, the ending.

One last time of getting into your car, sighing, and remaining silent on the drive home, because you know there's nothing you can say to add to what just happened.

One last time of texting your friends, telling them the news: "it was the last time."

One last time of going on to whatever social media website you choose, scrolling through endless screenshots, fanart, and fanfictions, having nothing to add, but at the same time having everything to say.

One last time.

I'm glad I joined this group of fans. I'm glad I saw that preview for the first Hobbit movie, the Unexpected Journey. I'm glad I got my mom to read my sister and I that first chapter of that first book.

Maybe you won't cry in this movie. And that's okay. And maybe you will, and that's okay.

But whatever happens out there, however this story ends, I just want to say...

Thank you. Everyone. Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian Mckellen, thank you to everyone, from the cook to the producers, for this. All of this. You've lightened my world, made me smile, and made me cry. Thank you.

And to you, who have shared this journey with me, thank you all.

And as we take this final walk, final time of the lights dimming and the theater hushing, know this is a time we may forget one day.

But it is not this day. The day may come when we break all bonds of fellowship with this fandom, but it is not this day. This day we remember, by all that you hold dear from that good earth, I bit you stand, fans of this world!