Wednesday, December 12, 2012

'Tis the Season.....

'Tis the season of what?? Our pastor asked the congregation this question on Sunday morning. People shouted out, 'Peace!' 'God!' 'Stress!'
Our Pastor's answer was, 'tis the season of waiting!
How true. Mary had to wait nine months for Jesus. And today we still wait. We wait for stores to open on Black Friday so we can get the best deals.... We wait in traffic, this year we wait for The Hobbit movie (more on that later) and, just like Mary, we are waiting for Jesus to come back.

As well as the season of waiting, December is also the season of extreme business! There's Christmas shopping, and the tree, and decorations, and parties, and recitals! On top of regular schoolwork and eating and sleep.
December is, perhaps, the busiest month of the year this year around. Every weekend I have some sort of recital or concert (except the last because I will be in Canada).
This past week I had a choir concert, piano recital, and our church Christmas program! It was a very busy weekend.

Here is a video of me playing "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" arranged by Phillip Keveren.

Without further ado... I am going to go back to the subject of waiting. Mainly, the subject of waiting for The Hobbit!
My dad has bought us tickets to see The Hobbit in IMAX 3D on Saturday morning. I AM SO EXCITED!!! We are seeing it in IMAX 3D because at select IMAX 3D theaters across the globe, the first 9 minutes of the next Star Trek movie will be playing (only in front of The Hobbit)! Our movie theater is one of them! Which makes me even MORE EXCITED!!!
And because I'm so excited I am going to do something Hobbit-ish.
On one of the blogs I follow (Story Girl) posted a Hobbit Blog Party thing. (Here is the link to the blogger's blog who is putting it on. HERE!)


Now, I have never taken part in a blog party before..... From what I gather I just answer a bunch of questions. Soooo... Here are the questions!

1. How did you first hear about The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings?
My dad grew up reading Lord of the Rings (and Tintin) and he always read to me when I was little, before I went to bed. I'm not exactly sure when I first became conscious of Lord of the Rings.... I remember seeing the Veggietales version, Lord of the Beans, at Costo and saying to my mom. "Look! There's Daddy's favorite book in Veggietales! Let's get it for him for his birthday!" So we did. Then, shortly after, my dad suggested that he read one of his favorite book series. We started reading The Hobbit and then moved on to Lord of the Rings!

2. How many times have you read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, if at all?
I have read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring twice, The Two Towers almost twice, and The Return of the King once.

3. Would you name your child after a character from it?
I don't know, maybe. I especially like the name Eowyn. Someone in my friend's church is named Galadrial (her daughter is named Eowyn).

4. What are your thoughts on Tom Bombadil? Should he have been in the movie?
I must admit, Tom Bombadil is one of my favorite characters from the book. I think Peter Jackson made the right choice, excluding him from The Fellowship of the Ring movie, but I do wish they had filmed his part in the book - as a special featurette or something.

5. Do you have a favorite piece of poetry from any of the Tolkien books?
Yes! I really like the "That's what Bilbo Baggins hates" poem/song thing from The Hobbit.

Chip the glasses and crack the plates!
Blunt the knives and bend the forks!
That's what Bilbo Baggins hates -
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!

Cut the cloth and tread the fat!
Pour the milk on the pantry floor!
Leave the bones on the bedroom mat!
Splash the wine on every door!

Dump the crocks in a boiling bowl;
Pound them up with a thumping pole;
And when you've finished, if any are whole,
Send them down the hall to roll!

That's what Bilbo Baggins hates!
So, carefully! Carefully with the plates!
My absolute favorite, though, is "The Road Goes Ever On and On."
The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
6. Have you read any other works by Tolkien?
Yes! I started reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien with my dad but we didn't finish it.
I have also read Roverandom which is an adorable little book Tolkien wrote for his young son who lost a toy upon the beach. The story follows the toy's adventure. It is a really sweet book.
Mr. Bliss is another book Tolkien wrote for his kids. He illustrated it as well!
7. Can you write in the Tengwar?
I had to look it up to see what it was! It turns out that Tengwar is the Elvish script Tolkien made up. Yes, I can write in it.
8. Were you disappointed that Prince Imrahil wasn't in the movie?
I had to look him up too. Even after reading a bit about him, I can't remember from the books... So I guess I don't mind he wasn't in the movie. Which movie?
9. What would happen if you and Denathor were put face to face?
Well, I'd grab a fire extinguisher for one....
10. Would you rather reside in Edoras or Minas Tirith?
Hmmmm..... That's a hard decision. Probably Minas Tirith. I'm more of a city girl than a country girl and I wouldn't want to smell like horse all the time.
11. What think you of Eomer's armor?
It's cool! I love his helmet.
12. What do you think of Boromir?
After re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring I must say that I like Boromir more than I remember. He's a good character and served his purpose well. He's not my favorite, but he's not horrible either. And he's played by Sean Bean. (No wonder he dies). And he has a cool horn.
13. Which is your favorite Lord of the Rings couple: Sam and Rosie, Aragorn and Arwen, or Faramir and Eowyn?
Faramir and Eowyn all the way! I have always loved them the best and I'm not even sure why. Maybe because they go together so well.
14. Did you shed any tears when Thorin died?
No, although it was sad. I rarely cry when reading books or watching movies. I always thought Thorin's death was really really sudden though.... Along with Fili and Kili's. What was Tolkien thinking? "Oh, no one except the bad guy's have died yet... Let's kill some of the main characters so everything doesn't end completely happy!"
15. Which is the most terrifying of the following: Orcs nabbing you in your sleep, giant spiders crawling out of dark tunnels and forests, Nazgul standing right over you while you are hiding, or a ghost army that doesn't like you very much?
The giant spiders, most definitely. I HATE spiders.
16. How well would you enjoy life as a Hobbit? Would it be preferable to being something like, say, an Elf? Or a Ranger?
Being a Hobbit would be really fun! You just sit around and eat. Sounds good to me! However, if I had to pick any race in the Lord of the Rings, I would probably be an Elf.
And there we have it! Feel free to steal, just give credit to Arda Nessimava who is putting on this blog party. (Link above).
Live long and prosper!


  1. Ohh nice about the Hobbit tickets! My dad and I are going to see it Saturday early afternoon in a normal theater. We don't have any IMAX nearby, and 3D makes my head fuzzy. You'll have to tell me how the Star Trek movie looks!

    I never realised the Elvish script had a name xD

  2. NOOO! I was certain I read about Fili and Kili dying but I've been trying hard to deny it. I kept saying, "No, it is some of the other dwarves who die. Not them." Now I am depressed. *Sulks*
    I'm also not thinking about Thorin's death. I might just cry when that happens. *Coughs*Thornton*Coughs*

    I liked reading this one! I want to sneak into The Hobbit with you so I can see the 9 minutes of Star Trek too. You shall have to let me know how it looks! And if they show BC. All evil and stuff.

    I love the Tings Bilbo Doesn't Like song. It is so funny. And I cannot wait to see that part in the movie.

    I hope you have fun on Saturday! And that all the waiting is worth it!