May 27th, 2007

wistful

State of Creative Pursuits!

It is freaking awesome that I don't have much to do this weekend. Yesterday I graded quizzes and read one paper for class, and today I read one more paper for class, which leaves me with all day tomorrow to do thesis project ponderings.

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Friday night I watched The Hobbit and The [oldschool] Return of the King on YouTube (thanks for the link, hekmeike!). Regarding ROTK, a) it was amazing that they got so much of the story into ninety-some-odd minutes, and b) I was interested in the alternative interpretations of the book. In particular, there was this whole sequence of what it was like for Sam when he had the Ring. He was fantasizing about conquering Mordor and turning it into gardens. This movie also attributed his ability to battle up the tower to rescue Frodo to the power that the Ring gave him. And this movie showed Denethor as having one of the Palantir, which he did. And seeing what Denethor had seen caused Gandalf to give up hope!

Regarding The Hobbit, I don't care if Smaug was the bad guy, he was fucking awesome. A better character than those who went to war over his riches after he was slain, I'll say.