A Much Anticipated Journey


In eleven days I’ll be sitting at the Cinema watching the New Line Cinema logo glimmer onscreen announcing the beginning of another magical (insufficient adjective) three years spent in Middle Earth with Peter Jackson at the helm. The only thing that could be better than seeing all three Hobbit films in Scotland would be seeing them with my hearth friends across the sea. I already desperately miss my elves, dwarves, haflings and humans that will be watching the first film at Cinerama or the Regal at Northgate or the AMC 42nd street or at the shopping center near where the old Books n’ Things and the Ames were. (Is that right Kimmy?).

Because the stakes are so high for this film viewing experience, I’m going by myself. I’ll see it for a second or third time with friends here probably, but since I can’t see it with those who have already gone there and back again with me (in every sense), I’d rather go it alone for round one.

And to kick off the start of the new reality wherein for the rest of our lives (at least as of Christmas 2015 by which all the Hobbit films should be available on DVD) Middle Earth marathons will take TWO days instead of one, I’m going to read The Hobbit for the first time in probably a decade. And lucky for me, I have a gorgeous Annotated edition to read! Kim sent me the hardcover edition for Easter (?) a year or two ago and I’ve been saving it for now. And since when I received it I had no idea I’d be in another country on the other side of the planet from everyone I know and love (except Spiro, who, though constantly travelling, feels very close in proximity), this book feels all the more special.

Kim had sent me some book plates which, before I left, I asked Maryann to write out so I could put them in the personally-significant books I was bringing with me. Maryann made each one different and I made her sign each one. I love them and I love that this book is marked by both Kim and Maryann.


And this used edition came with special surprises of its own. The previous owner left their Rune practice sheet in the back. They were working on Dwarvish spellings of Joey, Joseph and John.

And I’ve also got a business card/tattoo care info foldout from Portland Tattoo. Solid.


This is how I’ll be spending a few afternoons and evenings for the next week and a half, in my Christmasy Cupboard Above The Stairs.


The beginning is near, and so also is two more years of anticipation. I love it! Aslan is on the move!


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Posted on Sun, Dec 2nd, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Filed under Anglophilia, Books, Film.

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Comments: 4

  1. 1 | Kirstin Johnson

    December 2nd, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Hello KJ — I’ve been tracking your blog for some time now, having been disappointed not to meet you in Seattle when visiting the Stearns (C. says that someday we *must*!). I enjoy your writing and thinking, and am especially looking forward to your thoughts on Jackson-&-co’s interpretations & representations. I’ve got a Hobbit lecture in a month, and I am sure your musings will give me more fodder for thought. I’m very glad to see that you’re at St A’s now — Happy belated St Andrew’s Day!

  2. 2 | Kj

    December 2nd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Kirstin! I’m so honored. I have a feeling my blog may be a lot less rigorously interesting now that I’m in the Roundel, but thank you for following. Did Chelle tell you I was assigned her exact desk in Melville? Amazing. Happy St Andrews Day to you. Hope our paths cross in person sooner rather than later.

  3. 3 | Kirstin Johnson

    December 2nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Perhaps sometimes less *academically* rigorous — gotta have something left over for the thesis — but never less interesting! 😉
    ‘Nice to be able to see your appointed desk in my mind’s eye — I was downstairs in the basement, beside the window to the garden, on the side closest to the Cathedral (thus the most likely to hear plaintive calls over the walls from those who’d forgotten their keys…)
    Good memories.
    and Good Anticipations too!
    kirstinjeffreyjohnson.com

  4. 4 | Jonathan Edmund

    December 5th, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I’m seeing it with you in my heart, m’love.

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