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Tricksy Hobbitses: My Top 5 Hobbit-Related Internet Stuffs

December 18, 2012

Hobbit-Movie-Poster-570x842So this happened over the weekend (or on Thursday night, if you were that committed–or even earlier, if you’re one of the strangely high number of people I know who was invited to an advance screening [yes, I’m still jealous]). It had its flaws but was generally pretty awesome.

But Stephanie, you say, you could apply that statement to about half the major movie releases every year.

Half? You’re so cute when you’re optimistic.

I won’t write a full review of the movie; basically, if you loved/liked/hated Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, you can expect to love/like/hate his version of The Hobbit. It’s really not a movie version of The Hobbit, which would have been radically different in tone and scope to The Lord of the Rings.

Some quick answers: no, the first movie doesn’t make the case for the Hobbit trilogy, at all. Yes, Martin Freeman is so ridiculously adorable all the time as Bilbo that you’ll want to carry him around in your pocket forever. And no, you won’t be able to tell all the dwarves apart–though the film does better on that score than I expected.

Enough analysis! On to the fun part: my top 5 Hobbit movie-related moments of awesome from across the Intertubes.

1. Sarah Rees Brennan and the saga of Thorin Dreamboatshield

You may know Sarah Rees Brennan as a fantabulous YA author (see: Team Human [with Justine Larbalestier], Unspoken, etc). If you don’t, you should get to know her, if for no other reason than to read her hilarious parodies–of Gothic novels, of Vampire Diaries episodes, and of courseof The Hobbit. Case in point:

DWARF KINGDOM: *laid waste*
THRANDUIL KING OF THE ELVES: We should go help our sworn allies, the dwarves. That’s why I came wearing my shiny battle tiara!
ELVEN LIEUTENTANT: Sir, your son young Prince Legolas has got hold of that movie Brave, thrown out all his silken frocks and set up a strict five a.m. to nine p.m. archery schedule at the elven court.
THRANDUIL: Wait, what? What? No! I left strict orders that my elven subjects should do my will and PARTY DOWN!
THRANDUIL: Screw this! We’re going home.
OLD BILBO: And Thorin never forgave. And he never forgot. And he never got any less dreamy.

2. Smauglock

What’s that? You didn’t know that Benedict Cumberbatch, voice of Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit, and Martin Freeman, a.k.a. Bilbo Baggins, also play Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock? 1) I’m actually impressed you hadn’t heard and 2) You’re missing out. Go watch Sherlock.

The moral of the story is, that happy accident has led to the adorable, hilarious, and occasionally (okay, always) rabidly fannish idea of Smauglock, which, you guessed it, combines Sherlock with The Hobbit and its actors’ respective characters.


3. #askgandalf

In which Sir Ian McKellen took over the official Hobbit Twitter account and was wise, witty, and a bit cheeky under the hashtag #askgandalf. Like this gem on the subject of Legolas vs. Aragorn:

Aragorn vs. Legolas

Click through to read a roundup of great #askgandalf answers on The Mary Sue.

4. This Tweet by Saladin Ahmed:

It’s true: that scene was lame. And so was the orc baddie himself. And so was–you know what, I liked this movie, so I’d better stop.

5. This GIF of Bilbo

Bilbo suspenders chuffed

You’re welcome.


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