Waiting on Wednesday: Middle-earth Landscapes: Locations in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Film Trilogies
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting. This week is pretty special for two reasons: 1) I’m participating in March into Middle-earth (LINK) so I thought it would be perfect to spotlight a book that’s on brand and since it’s something that I had recently pre-ordered, it basically came to me immediately, and 2) this is the first WoW post I’ve ever created where I’m unable to find the book on Goodreads! I honestly didn’t even know there could be books that aren’t on Goodreads. They’re so on top of everything! Anyway, Middle-earth Landscapes: Locations in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Film Trilogies is a new coffee-table book with a pretty self explanatory title. It seems to be a combination of the previous two books which were released separately (one for LOTR and one for The Hobbit) but of course, there is some new photography exclusive to this edition to entice all of us Tolkien fiends. Having never owned either of the previous books, I thought this is a pretty good option for me! There’s a forward by Peter Jackson along with contributions from Richard Taylor, Andy Serkis and Alan Lee. Since I don’t see any trip to New Zealand in the foreseeable future, this is a great piece of art to tide me over until that day comes!
Sumptuous hardback gift edition combining the best of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Location Guides, plus brand new photography unique to this book.
In the epic film trilogies created by Peter Jackson, New Zealand has become Middle-earth. From the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps to the rolling hills and Volcanic Plateau of the North Island, the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit was stunningly re-created on an epic scale.
Photographer Ian Brodie has captured these locations in all their beauty and splendour. Featuring the most breathtaking photographs from his bestselling The Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogy Location Guidebook, plus all-new imagery and contributions by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Andy Serkis and Alan Lee, this is a magnificent record of a historic era in film-making, and a peerless collection of landscape and location photography by a master of his craft.
Featuring contributions from Peter Jackson and other members of the films’ cast and crew, as well as fascinating background to the film-making process, this is the ultimate tribute to the land and its locations. (via Amazon)
Ever since Andrew and I went to see Lord of the Rings in concert at Lincoln Center I’ve been wanting to re-read the books as it’s been years since I delved into the world of Middle Earth in any medium other than film. When I heard about March Into Middle Earth through Melissa of Readerly Geek, I discovered Rin of Rin Reads (who is hosting the event and created the lovely header graphic) and that she and her book club, Dungeons & Jetpacks, would be buddy reading The Fellowship of the Ring this month. Could there be a more perfect time to revisit my favorite characters and accompany them on their journey one more time? I certainly can’t think of one!
I love the idea of participating in a month long celebration of all things Tolkien so I’m already planning my posts for the rest of March. As you may already know, March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day which originated in 2003 and is created by The Tolkien Society and inspired this months buddy read. If I stick to the schedule, I should be finished with The Fellowship of the Ring by then so I may do something else that day in celebration. But in the meantime, you can count on seeing a Tea & Book Chat, a collectibles post, an outfit of the day post and more here on my blog. I may also follow in Melissa’s footsteps and finally watch the animated version of The Hobbit. And, if you’re a fellow Tolkien fan, I would highly suggest joining in the Middle Earth madness this month! Until my first post, I’ll leave you with my newest addition to my Tolkien collection, the Folio Society box set.
This is the first month I’m taking part in 6 on 6 which was created by Scruffy Little Nerf Herder. Basically, you’re encouraged to take 6 geek themed photos and post them on the 6th of each month. Each month is assigned a different color and fittingly enough, October is orange. I’m kind of shocked to see just how little I own that’s actually orange but I’m really pleased with what I came up with!
- Smaug + Fantasy – I love my Smaug Funko! He’s taller than a giant stack of thick fantasy books which is pretty cool IMO. This photo shows some of my fantasy favorites and one (well, three because it’s a bind up) that I’m really hoping to get to soon, The Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks. The MTV show looks incredible and I really want to read it before it premieres early next year!
- Currently Reading – I’m currently reading the 4th and final volume of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye which I was so sad to see come to an end. I really love Jeff Lemire but I haven’t picked up his reboot just yet. I’m also really addicted to Ranma 1 / 2 lately! I love that they’re reprinting the original in such a pretty new collection. The 3rd volume is pictured and I’m pretty in love with the cover.
- Pumpkins! – These are from a recent trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up on all of the pumpkiny goodness I could find but I’m going pumpkin and apple picking this coming weekend so looking that them is getting me even more into the spirit of Fall!
- Halloween Mickey Jewelry – When I saw this beautiful set from FemmeDeBloom on Etsy, I knew I had to have it. Disney and Halloween are two of the best things so combined, it makes me so happy. Plus, it’s really reasonably priced for a set that includes a necklace and earrings.
- Compilation of Orange Things – As I mentioned, I seem to be lacking things in the orange department so I started by grabbing some ginger Funko’s as a starting point, added my PSL #OrangeSleeveSociety cozy that Megan tweeted to me, a pair of pumpkin earrings I got on Etsy some time two years ago and my favorite pumpkin tea plus a pumpkin pie candle from Bath and Body Works.
- BB-8 – I preordered my Sphero BB-8 from ThinkGeek on Force Friday but I am still awaiting his arrival to my home so I visited one in the Disney Store in the meantime. He wasn’t for sale, otherwise I would’ve cancelled my preorder and picked him up on the spot!
This weeks topic is actually 5 Broadway roles I would love to play but since I severely lack an acting gene I decided to spin the topic to 5 movies, tv shows, books, etc that I would love to see get a Broadway adaptation. I’ve already had the pleasure of seeing A Very Potter Musical (and I couldn’t have asked for anything better), Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (which was supremely entertaining for all the wrong reasons) and the recent off-Broadway Heathers: The Musical. Each are things that I never imagined seeing on stage and as a musical no less so if those work, there are definitely some others that should be in the works!
1) The Legend of Zelda – The score is very well known anyway so why not adapt it into a musical?! Who wouldn’t love seeing Link try to save Zelda on stage? I know I would! It might be best to do something involving Majora’s Mask because that costume would look outstanding in all its vibrancy.
2) Lord of the Rings – Again, a story with a well known score. The heroes journey to Mordor would translate on stage well. Hobbits love singing anyway and a second breakfast number would be a total crowd pleaser. And they should absolutely acquire the rights to “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”
3) Star Wars – I feel like I keep choosing things that already have awesome music but I can’t help that they’re so perfect! Star Wars has been done in almost every medium imaginable so I don’t see why they haven’t graced Broadway yet. Unless they have and I just wasn’t around for it!
4) The Nightmare Before Christmas – It goes without saying that I love anything involving Christmas so The Nightmare Before Christmas is an obvious choice for me. They wouldn’t even have to write new songs because the tracks in the film are so darn perfect!
5) Mean Girls – There are SO many Mean Girls catchphrases that hold up to this day and are frequently quoted by almost everyone I know. I could just picture ‘stop trying to make fetch happen’ being a singing and dancing number, as well as ‘four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco.’
After months and months of building anticipation, the days finally came where Andrew and I could head to Lincoln Center and claim our seats for the three night Lord of the Rings Trilogy event. Lincoln Center played all three films, (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Return of the King – one per night) on a giant IMAX screen with a live orchestra playing the score along with the film. The event was nothing short of breath-taking. It was so amazing to be in a theater full the positive energy emanating from all the Tolkien enthusiasts in attendance. I loved how much audience reaction there was at pivotal moments during the films, whether it was applause, or cheering and laughter after specific lines (one of the best obviously being “They’re taking the Hobbits to Isengard.”) There were people dressed in formal gowns, and people cosplaying as Hobbits and Elves. There was also such a diverse age range of audience members which is wonderful to see.
There were no photos allowed during the event, so naturally I snuck one at the beginning of each night to commemorate the performance. The 21st Century Symphony Chorus & Orchestra as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and solosit KaitlynLusk were led by conductor Ludwig Wicki who has an immense amount of energy. I hadn’t previously realized how closely conductors resemble magicians. Kaitlyn’s voice was magical and perfectly fit the LOTR score. The only downside to the event (which is reasonable so I can understand) is that the theatrical versions were played instead of the extended cuts.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the absolute highlight of the event was on the third night when Return of the King ended and Howard Shore appeared onstage to give a speech. I was nearly in tears! I wasn’t expecting him to be there so I was totally taken by surprise. He thanked Peter Jackson and Tolkien and the LOTR fans. My hands were actually burning as we were leaving from clapping so hard. If you ever have to opportunity to see LOTR played with a live orchestra, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had!
I’ve always had a set of films that I could go back to again and again whenever I’m in need of comfort. They’re the movies that I love to watch curled up under a blanket with a hot cup of tea and just thinking about them puts a smile on my face. Sometimes I’ll spend an hour or more browsing through the available titles on Netflix in the hopes of watching something new but I inevitably end up watching one of the films below. I can recite almost all of the lines to each since I’ve spent so much time with all these characters over the years!
1) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
2) Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
3) The Avengers
4) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
5) Mean Girls
PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS
Next April, Andrew and I will be heading to Lincoln Center three nights in a row to watch Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films in their entirety with a LIVE orchestra. I AM SO EXCITED. When we bought our tickets on the day of their announcement last year, I felt like April would never arrive but now that it’s March, I can’t help getting excited all over again! I’ve been browsing Etsy and Weta and The Noble Collection for Lord of the Rings inspired items that I want to wear to the event. Here are some of my top picks!
The last mini challenge in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon is to share our current high fives. These are the things that are currently making us happy in several categories. Here are my high fives!
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab – I just finished reading ADSOM and it was so wonderful in every way. VE Schwab really outdid herself yet again in her newest release.
YA Contemporary – I’ve been devouring contemporary novels and anything with a good slow burn romance. It’s probably because it’s so cold here in NYC and I’m so ready for summer!
Jandy Nelson – I’m reading my first Jandy Nelson book (The Sky is Everywhere) right now and it is SO GOOD. I love the way Nelson writes and the way the protagonist interprets the world. But the premise is sad and I keep having so many feelings!
Blogger / Vlogger
My current favorite book blogger is Pop Goes the Reader! I love the design of her site and the beautiful graphics she includes in every post. My current favorite BookTube vlogger is The Readables. We seem to always have the same opinions regarding books we’ve read so I always trust what she’s saying when I’m undecided about a potential read.
Bookish Merchandise / Book-related site
Etsy! I’m really coveting a personalized library stamp as of late. I also love the bookish artwork I’ve been finding on there lately. Here are the next five things I’ll probably splurge on!
I am so pleased that 5 Fandom Friday is still alive and kicking and we’re starting off 2015 with a new post about our fandom resolutions! I feel like I’ve been writing best of and resolution lists for days now but this one was a lot of fun to think about. Megan and I also have a special treat at the end of our posts today, which is the 5 Fandom Friday topics for February and March!! I hope everyone is enjoying our topics and will continue to participate through 2015.
1) Re-read all of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings – I briefly touched upon my intention to re-read more books I enjoy in my 2015 resolutions post but more specifically, this is going to be the year I re-read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I have re-read Harry Potter more times than I can count as a child and it was always so enjoyable to do so that I want to make the time to experience them again this year. In April, Andrew and I are going to Lincoln Center to see all three Lord of the Rings films with the music performed by a live orchestra so I think a re-read is the perfect way to get excited for it!
2) Play more Board Games – I have always been interested in learning and playing board games but I never had anyone who wanted to play with me. Luckily, my boyfriend is rather into games and he and his friends love planning board game nights. I’ve already learned and played more games in the past year than I have, well, ever, but I want to continue to see what else is out there and working on my strategic skills.
3) Go to more Conventions – I went to SO many conventions between 2012-2013 and in 2014 I was a huge con slacker. It was partially because of moving and starting a new job (read: moving costs and no vacation time), but now that I’m settled I’m really looking forward to planning a trip. Even though I’ve been to Orlando a ton of times, I would love to go back with Andrew so we can see the new Diagon Alley expansion at Universal and enjoy fireworks at Disney together and such (and visit Kristin!). So maybe we’ll plan for a MegaCon/Harry Potter World/Disney trip in the near future? I would also love to attend ECCC, C2E2 (for the second time), and Baltimore Comic Con (because it’s my FAVORITE).
4) Cosplay – There are two characters that I am dying to cosplay and both will involve A LOT of work and preparation. I hate revealing my cosplays until right before the convention or the actual day of, so I’m not going to list them here but man I am really hoping I can make these two happen. My favorite cosplay of 2014 was the Kiki’s Delivery Service characters that Andrew and I did together at NYCC.
5) Hang my art prints – Another side effect of moving is that I haven’t had the chance to determine which art prints I want to hang on my walls yet. I loved my old setup at my parents house, but I think want to be more adult and get some of the really special ones framed before I hang them. I’ve acquired quite the collection of prints throughout the years and for the pieces I don’t choose to hang, I’ve been meaning to buy these portfolios that Amy suggested to me one Skype date ago so I can browse through and appreciate what I own instead of having it all sit in a plastic sleeve in my closet.