I have been known to rant about my dislike of certain aspects of the LotR movies (to wit: THE ENDLESS FIGHT SCENES PLEASE OH PLEASE MAKE THEM STOP WILL THEY NEVER STOP), but that being said, I am still unreasonably excited about the prospect of a cinematic version of The Hobbit, especially one starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo, the prospect of which causes me to squee at ear-piercing volume, if only in my head.

And then I saw that they've also cast Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and can only conclude that Christmas has come two months early this year.

Now all we need is Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug (well, he said he wanted to play the role, and he and Freeman are buds, so why not?) and my triumph will be complete.

That is, at least until I see the movie and come out ranting about the ENDLESS FIGHT SCENES PLEASE OH PLEASE MAKE THEM STOP WILL THEY NEVER STOP, but I am an optimist.
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This probably says something about me, but my entertainment factor for today just went up by about 80% when I suddenly realized that the dwarves' cleaning-up song from The Hobbit ("Carefully! Carefully with the plates!") could be sung to the tune of the square dance song from "Hillbilly Hare".

No, really:



Easily amused, yes.
I recorded this for [livejournal.com profile] kalquessa's "Errantry" project, in which she asked her friends to make MP3s or Voice Posts of themselves reading the poem. Unfortunately, I was unable to get past the first three stanzas before I got an error message and the whole thing shut down. I tried again and the same thing happened, so I had to give up and take what I could get.

I also apologize for the terrible quality of my voice -- I'm still getting over a cold. But for what it's worth, here's my entry:

...but then the Political Compass tells me that I'm a member of the Authoritarian Left, which is even more giggle-worthy. Anyway...

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