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Monday, January 21st, 2013
A Deliberately Lazy Day

I had promised the kids that we would watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy this weekend. Well, I promised the boy. The girl didn’t really know what it was about. But then he had a friend spend the night and stay until latish on Saturday, and then some friends came over Sunday to watch the two games, and well, today turned into a watching day. We only got through two movies. I haven’t watched them since they were in the theaters. Seriously. I’ve had them, but just never watched. So never saw the extended versions.

I love these movies. I’d forgotten a lot about Boromir’s scenes and I like the additions of his past to The Two Towers. I like Pippin and Merry more than ever. Samwise used to annoy me some, but I like him a lot better around this time. Of course the Steward of Gondor, even in his short scene, was as obnoxious and terrible as I remember, and John Noble was so good. They all are. Once again I’m in love with Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, and Faramir. I want them all. In a bowl full of chocolate and whipped cream. Shhh. Don’t tell my husband.

The kids enjoyed them. Girlie got a bit scared of the Balrog and the Uruk-hai, and she cried when Galndalf died. Boy cried when Boromir died. Both of course loved the Ents. It took me back a few years and made me really sad I haven’t seen The Hobbit. I know some people don’t like it, but I’m easy to please sometimes. I’d probably just love it for the nostalgia of the other movies.

We’ll be watching The Return of the King soon. Kids are eager, as am I. But we’ll see how the whole time and homework thing goes.

6 comments to “A Deliberately Lazy Day”

  1. Roseaponi
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     · January 22nd, 2013 at 5:50 am · Link

    I liked the Hobbit, but it has a very different atmosphere than the book, and some things were changed that make more sense for a movie-style plot and character arc, yes, but then we have continuity issues. Especially since the Hobbit somehow got stretched into a trilogy, too. 
    Tips to enhance your enjoyment of the Hobbit: 1. Don’t reread the book. 2. Expect liberties to be taken. 3. Get comfortable and enjoy the fun world building and scenery (somehow Thorin counts as scenery too). 4. Don’t look too terribly closely at the plot, because this is one of those movies which illustrates the difference between what is a plot in a movie and what is a plot in a novel 🙂 



    • Di Francis
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       · January 22nd, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

      That’s pretty much the way I thought I’d go into it. I prolly won’t get to see it in the theater though. I’ll have to wait for the DVD. Sigh. I’m so behind.



      • Roseaponi
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         · January 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 pm · Link

        I thought I wasn’t going to see it in theater either, but we got Joe’s mom to babysit four hours and went for our 12th anniversary date… It was nice, but hard to turn off the writer mind and just enjoy the movie 🙂
        Apropos of nothing, I bought the first 3 Horngate books in ebook format! I can hardly wait until I have a bit of quiet guilt-free time to read them 🙂



        • Di Francis
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           · January 22nd, 2013 at 9:38 pm · Link

          Ha! My post tomorrow on Magical Words is all about guilt. I finished watching the Return of the King with the kids and now I remember why I haven’t watched it in so long. Much as I love the movies, or because I love them, it makes me so sad to end it and to see Frodo go. It really does break my heart. I want more. But that’s how I feel about a lot of books too.

          The Hobbit has left my little town and we didn’t get a chance to see it when we were in Salem over Xmas. So it will be a wait.

          Yay for digital copies!!! I got a paperwhite kindle for Xmas and I really like it. Much easier to read than my old one.



  2. Leslie
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     · January 22nd, 2013 at 1:19 pm · Link

    I enjoyed the Hobbit also. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read the book, so I didn’t even notice some of the changes that some folks have gotten bent out of shape over.

    I don’t think I’ve seen any of the LoTR movies since they were in theaters. We somehow never got around to purchasing them on DVD – I’m going to have to remedy that, because now I’m curious about the extended editions. 🙂



    • Di Francis
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       · January 22nd, 2013 at 2:09 pm · Link

      The extended editions seem to offer good stuff instead of gratuitous.



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