So, CNN is asking fans what they’re doing to get ready for the new Hobbit movie. I don’t have a CNN account and am disinclined to create one just to share my going-ons when it would doubtless get buried in all the responses. But I thought I’d take up the issue here.
This weekend I’m going up to Amherst, MA, to visit a friend and see the movie trilogies together. I’m really looking forward to this! I’ve been putting off rereading Tolkien’s source material (The Hobbit, the letters, Unfinished Tales snippets, etc.) for the same reason I didn’t start reading the Twilight books until the last movie came out: I know the movies will differ from the books, in good ways and bad, and I want to first be able to enjoy them in their own spirit as much as I can.
But I have been reading a fair bit of fanfic at Dreamflower’s Hobbit-centric archive. Do check it out if you haven’t already. I’ve also been working on my first Tolkien fanfic story in entirely too long. Yes, it’s for a specific request, and yes, it’s not Hobbit-era per se (though who knows what references will work their way in?), but just returnign to my own vision of Middle-earth has me in a delightful frame of mind. A part of me is wondering whether I should be posting links to my own old Hobbit-era fanfic, perhaps working up a biography or two. It seems like the prime moment for it, but I haven’t quite gotten around to it.
And then there’s Colbert. Last night I heard Nenya mentioned on national television. I do believe my life may be complete.
Mainly, I’m feeling younger, less tainted by the things that I’ve lived through in the last decade than I have in a long time. Some of that is fannish, but really I’m thinking RL. I don’t think this feeling could possibly last, and in many ways it’s not even lasting in a pure sense right now. It’s the holidays of course, and one person I know who died had a Christmas-eve birthday. Another died right around the holidays. So it’s a bitter time of year and a lot of the times I’m quite despondent inside myself. But when I watch clips for The Hobbit or joke around on FB about it with friends, for a few seconds I’m the nineteen-year-old who saw Fellowship of the Ring, before all of that happened. It’s like a breath of fresh air, for a moment at least.
What are you guys doing to get ready for the movies? Do share.