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Submitted By edith on 11/02/21
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  • The weather here in North Idaho has been absolutely BEAUTIFUL the last few days!  Sunny days = happy days:)  Gray weather and I do not mix.  I really should be outside riding Bob, but I never seem to have time...argh.
  • Here's the second version of the newsboy cap I'm designing...
  • What do y'all think?  Better?  Worse?  What would you change?  Please tell me:)  And you know I feel stupid if I ask a question and no one responds, so please do;)
  • How many of you have ever watched a silent movie?  I know some of you have watched some of Harold Lloyd's movies, but have you ever watched a silent period drama?  If you haven't, you are totally missing out!  I recommend The Last of the Mohicans (unless you have a problem with seeing shirtless white guys masquerading as Indians - too funny!) and Robin Hood with Douglas Fairbanks (Gotta love it!  There are Spanish subtitles on this copy, which is kind of irritating, but you can live with it:).  I'm currently watching The Phantom of the Opera (the original 1925 version with Lon Chaney as the Phantom), but I haven't finished it yet, so I can't recommend it.  I will say this, the Phantom is creepy both with his mask and without, and Raoul...well, his hair is seriously slicked back.  I laughed so hard I cried;D  Another silent film I'd like to see is Ben Hur, which might be in the public domain, too...think it is.
  • I just love stuff that's in the public domain=)
  • Ok, I know some of my readers do not read fantasy books, but, well, I do.  Not excessively, but I do enjoy them:)
  • So, I'm currently reading through the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) books for the first time.  I'm borrowing the books from my grandpa, and he's borrowing the Narnia books from me.  I'm enjoying them very much, although I still definitely prefer Narnia because they're not as dark (not dark at all, really, imo) and they encourage me so much in my walk with Christ.
  • Of course, now that I'm reading the books, I need to watch the movies, right?  So, I borrowed the first one, The Fellowship of the Ring, from my grandpa yesterday and watched it last night.  Very, very good, although the battle scenes were a bit too gruesome for me.  It's rated PG-13, so I was happily prepared for that, and, since I was watching it on the computer, I just turned the screen away from me during the gross parts so I couldn't see it, but I could still hear what was going on.  Worked quite nicely.  As far as being scary, sure the Orcs were pretty gross looking and the Ringwraiths were definitely freaky, but I was able to fall asleep after watching it, so it wasn't too bad;)  And the humor was excellent - LOVED Pippin and Merry. lol.
  • And, of course, I have my favorite characters...
  • Legolas would have to be my favorite, even if I can't stand his hair;)  The way he handles that bow and arrow...close to awesome.
  • Next, I'd have to say Strider/Aragorn...
  • And then Arwen, 'cause she rides a beautiful horse (not as beautiful as Bob, of course) and has a big sword - don't tell me that's not cool;) 
  • And, no - Frodo is not one of my favorite characters, although he's a very nice little hobbit:)
  • Okay, nuff about LOTR...except that now I have to watch it again and write down my favorite quotes this time;)
  • That's pretty much it for today actually...
  • Seems like I'm forgetting something, but I can't think of any earth shattering news that y'all simply must know, so until next time...
Happy Trails!

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Re: Miscellany
5 days - 9,041v
Posted 2011/02/22 - 2:21 GMT
I love beautiful weather! Ours has been so weird - 70's one day, 30's and rainy the next, and back again! I have weather whiplash!
I love the hat. L.O.V.E. It looks adorable on you :)
The only silent movie i have ever watched was the one in Singin in the Rain, and I'm pretty sure that doesn't count. (Oh Pierre, you shouldn't have come!) The original Phantom of the Opera sounds intriguing - I might have to watch that someday.
So glad you got around to reading LOTR. They're very different from Narnia, but very good. Really, you can't judge them on the same field, they're just so different.
Now, about the movie...
  • I must confess that I cannot stand Legolas now. But when I first saw the movies, my heart was lost and I was smitten. Now his over-acting bugs me. (Random Bonus Features Fact: He was actually literally fresh out of acting school when he made those movies.)
  • Aragorn. Strider. Squeee! I fear I am in love with Aragorn, and forever shall be. (Please excuse your easily infatuated cousin:) But the part at Bree... oh. my. goodness. Be still my heart.
  • In the words of Aunt Beth: Viggo Mortinsen? I want to marry him and bear his children. Except... he's already married. And I am too. And I can't have kids. 
  • That is all I have to say on the subject!
I'm glad you enjoyed the movie. The next two have some battle scenes, but in my opinion, the first one is the creepiest, what with the dark riders and all that. Oh, and Merry and Pippin are so cute! The guy  who played Pippin, Billy Boyd, is in a (Scottish!) movie I love called On a Clear Day, about a guy who swam the English channel.
Re: Miscellany
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/22 - 3:51 GMT
Alright, a thumbs up on the hat from Cuz!  Being a fellow hat lover, I trust your judgement;)
That's the conclusion I've come to - aside from the fact that they're both in the fantasy genre, they're not at all the same and really can't be compared to one another.  I was thinking about that while I was freezing to death doing the barn chores this evening, an excellent time to get the really important stuff figured out, btw;)
I actually saw the movie for the first time when I was probably 13.  And it totally freaked me out.  I didn't even watch the whole thing...
  • BUT, being the impressionable 13-year-old that I was, I was totally "in love" with Legolas.  Oh my, was I!  And now, well I like him because of his skill with the bow and arrow:)  His acting doesn't really bother me...but maybe after I've seen the movie a few more times it will;)  That's what I heard, that it was his first major movie.
  • Aragorn.  I so totally agree!  I mean, the guy wears a hooded cape!  How could he not be awesome?!  Oh, and I've officially decided that one of my lambs this year will be named Aragorn;) 
  • LOL! That is such an Aunt Beth statement - I can totally hear her saying that.
Yeah, the dark riders were really creepy...I think the worst part is when Frodo and Co. are hiding under the roots of the tree by the road when the black rider rides up...*shudder*  Ugh, that was awful.
Merry and Pippin, thank you for adding humor to this overall dark movie!
Re: Miscellany
2 days - 4,412v
Posted 2011/02/23 - 1:45 GMT
          I'm not a big fan of the character of Frodo either.
          I LOVE Aragorn.
           Sam? Perfectly perfect. So loyal. So cute. So well, perfect.
           Meriodoc and Peregrin, Lovely. I almost died of laughing hysterically from them.
           Legolas annoyed me.
           Gimli? LOVE!!!!!!!!! He was awesome! (It was intentional! It was intentional!)
           Arwen, Awesome. I love the parts where she speaks elvish, and I just love her.
            I don't really remember if Galadriel was in The Fellowship. If so, I dreamed of being her or meeting her or something the first time I saw that movie.
           I thought Gandalf was cool.
           Loved Bilbo Baggins.
           I was sad that they didn't put Tom Bombadil and Goldberry in the movie as well as the book. They were so good!
           I'm also sure that you really wouldn't care to hear many more of my strong opinions, so this is the end of this comment! =)
Re: Miscellany
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/23 - 3:30 GMT
lol.  We've established the fact that Jo Bug loves LOTR;D 
That's who I forgot about!  Sam didn't do a lot of exciting stuff, but he was so loyal.  Gotta admire that.
Merry and Pippin are sooo funny!  "My point is, he's totally overreacting", right after they steal vegetables from Farmer Maggot;)
Okay, so Legolas is starting to annoy me, too.  I watched the movie again last night, and Aragorn is totally the best:)
Gimli cracks me up!  "Nobody tosses a dwarf!"  and "Not the beard!" haha ;D
Yep, Galadriel is in it.  She was kind of odd, but still cool:)
I know!  I was really disappointed about Tom Bombadil and Goldberry:(  I suppose they couldn't put everything from the book into the movie, though, or it'd be like 12 hours long...or something like that.
Now I've got to hurry up and read the next book so I can borrow the next movie from my grandpa!=)
I love your comments, Sarah:)
Re: Miscellany
5 days - 9,041v
Posted 2011/02/23 - 3:55 GMT
"We've established the fact the lodge is ideal."
(Name that quote!)
Poor Tasha. Even if she didn't orginially have any particular problem with Legolas, her pyschotic cousins are determined to force her to. Shame on them!
Re: Miscellany
4 weeks - 32,767v
Posted 2011/02/23 - 4:05 GMT
Tasha says she likes Raoul. 
Abbie says she prefers the Phantom. 
Tasha is immediately thrown into indecision.
Tasha says she likes Legolas. 
Abbie and Sarah Jo say they can't stand him.  ("And I can't stan' him!";)
Tasha immediately begins to think that she doesn't like Legolas very much after all.
Are we noticing a pattern here?
I'm not usually easily swayed, but I do value your opinion, cousin;)
However, I do still prefer Raoul (haha!;), and, after seeing the movie a second time, I do think Aragorn is the best.

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