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Atlanta Tolkien Fans book club reading

Started a quick read through of The Silmarillion. The Atlanta Tolkien Fans meetup group is transitioning from being primarily movie and movie speculation driven, to being more inclusively Tolkienian since Peter Jackson’s adaptations are nearly at an end. This is something that is making be excited about the future of the Tolkien Track at DragonCon. I’m missing it this year, but I’m hoping there will be room for a Tolkien scholar amidst all the Cosplay next year.

That’s my husband’s copy of The Silmarillion, by the way, all of mine are hardback. I need to pick up a beater copy for notes and travel.

Bonus tiny man climbing into my cider!

Aside

Gollum’s song below, lyrics start at around 1:14. It’ll let me link to start at a certain point but apparently not embed the same way.

I really life Howard Shore’s score for the most part, but I find this song so strange and jarring because of the vocals. I always hear Bjork, although that is not who is singing, and there’s something about the chord progression that sounds like James Bond to me, not Middle Earth.

Funko Pop Sauron

I spend a lot of time realistically defending Peter Jackson, the man is no saint but I don’t abhor the work he’s done with Tolkien’s world for the most part. However, seeing this Sauron being sold as “The Hobbit 3” was a bit too far. The extremely heavy handed “foreshadowing” of the Necromancer as Sauron was acceptable, but not having outright Sauron in The Hobbit. I was relieved when I purchased it to learn that it’s actually from the Lord of the Rings line.

My funko collection #funko #pop #hobbit #gollum #sauron #smaug #bilbo #got #youknownothing #arya

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I’ve gone a little overboard on buying Pop figures, and some of the Funko plushies. Stuffed Gandalf is my favorite, I like him a lot more than the Pop Gandalf, it makes sense to me that Gandalf would be fuzzy as opposed to hard plastic. On the other hand, Pop Gollum makes more sense than plush Gollum.

Pop Smaug is missing a scale, much like the movie. I also have the ridiculous Smaug covered in gold figure. I wholeheartedly wish that sequence had been left on the cutting room floor, but the visual of a dragon covered in molten gold and shaking it off in midair is a beautiful one. I just wish there hadn’t been a terrible Rube Goldberg-esque battle to net that result.

Bonus Game of Thrones figures. Arya, Jon Snow, and Ghost of course.

DragonCon 2014

I live in Atlanta, and around Labor Day that means one thing: DragonCon. Surprisingly, though I have lived in Atlanta since 2002 and went to art school here, I had never been to DragonCon until this year. If the art school comment needs explanation, there is no higher concentration of tabletop & video game/comic/renaissance faire nerds than came be found… Read more →