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Celebrating half of Bilbo’s eleventy-one years


photo: internet

I adore hobbits. I adore their joy for life. For celebrating. For finding positive aspects in even the bleakest situations. I don’t think I will make it to my eleventy-first birthday, but tomorrow I’m exactly halfway!

So in honor of Bilbo, tonight we are celebrating my half-eleventy-first birthday. And at midnight, we’ll toast. To Bilbo!


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Posted in Movies

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – LEGO style

This little animation is so well made, I wanted to share it with you all.

Watch the trailer of The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, LEGO-style


Posted in Books, Movies

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the making of

Bilbo Baggins is on the loose. I have seen him in action last Saturday, and I was enchanted by the unique Middle Earth atmosphere once more. Oh what bless to go back to the magic of Tolkien. To see his story come to life, in full color and 3D action. With special compliments for the Lady Galadriel and Smeagol. Epic scenes, dwarven battles, the eye of Smaug in stead of the eye of Sauron. I loved every minute of it. Come on, Peter Jackson, give us part two and three! Or at least the DVD.  I want to see it again. And again!

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey, you could see a compilation of trailers and TV commercials. In the video below, you will see more of the making of. Choose the highest quality and full screen for the best effect.

* happy sigh *

Have you seen The Hobbit? What do you think of this movie? What did you love and what could/should have been different or better? 

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Next month the long awaited first part of The Hobbit will be released in theaters around the world:

An Unexpected Journey

In the Netherlands, the premiere will be on December 12th. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. The Lord of the Rings fever is striking again. So I’m going to present you with this fan-made compilation of all trailers and TV spots, arranged chronologically in one video.

~ choose 720p HD quality and watch in full screen if possible ~

Isn’t this awesome? Do you feel it too, the tingle 😀 Let’s go on this Unexpected Journey together.

Posted in Books, Culture/History, Movies

The Hobbit & The Lord Of The Rings – animated

I am SO very sorry. Upon rechecking these links – I wanted to continue watching – suddenly the message appeared that the videos have been removed by the user.

😦 😦 😦


Look, look, LOOK!

The Hobbit

The Lord Of The Rings

The Return Of The King

I remember that I breathlessly watched one part of Lord of the Rings (animated) when I was still living at home… and that the sequel was never shown. Well, now I have found it, all in these films! 😀

So much fun comparing them to Peter Jackson’s movies.

Will you watch them with me? If only for a little while?

Posted in Culture/History, Humour

Wordless Fun: The Mayans’ Countdown

Made by Cara!

Posted in Personal, Six Word Saturday

There And Back Again

Six Word Saturday. Want to play along? All that’s necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words.


There and Back Again. Back Home!

Still not living together? I hear this question quite often. After almost four years with the Vman, people expect us to pack up and move in together. But having a L.A.T.-relationship does have its advantages. We are together during weekends and on Wednesday evenings, which leaves us enough room for our separate hobbies, writing and domestic affairs during the rest of the week. And it is easier on the children too.

Every other weekend my sons visit their father, and on those occasions we stay at my partner’s house. So this morning I thought long and deep about what clothes to pack, since we will go to a (whisky) party tonight. Threw make-up and other personal decoration materials in my bag, added a book and my laptop, and was finally ready to take off.

First a visit to the Harley shop – where I scored a nice jacket in sales – and then to the Vman’s residence. Winter in Holland has been unusually mild until now, but today it was cold. And inside it was about as cold as it was outside, so my first action was to fire up the thermostat.

The thing I like about staying over at his place is the tranquility that descends upon me. I don’t feel the urge to do stuff. I don’t have to do anything. No laundry, no vacuum cleaner. No dirty windows. Not that they bother me much at home either. Curling up on the couch with my book is my favorite pastime during those weekends. Or watching a movie together.

I unpacked my bag while my partner was upstairs. Apparently he did hear the laundry complaining. Oblivious to those sounds, I was about to dig into my book, when Vman called me. There’s a bit of a problem: the heater is broken. There’s an impressive error on the display. And indeed, the house still felt like a tomb.

See, and then L.A.T. has even more advantages. We repacked and got into my car again. Having two homes might keep us apart at times, but it is also a luxury, especially in winter. We went there and back again. Back to my sweet Hobbit hole. My warm Hobbit hole 😉

Have a happy, cozy and warm weekend!


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