Sunday, October 10, 2010

Confession: Gettin my Geek on

This post is late. In fact, all of us Suite 500 gals had one of those weeks that was Just. Crazy.
But in a good way. Especially good for one of us ;-)


We attended last year as well for The Fellowship of the Ring. And we'll definitely be there next year for Return of the King. Because one thing all of us gals (plus a few other pub friends) have in common is TOTAL nerdaliciousness when it comes to Tolkien.

I can't even begin to explain how cool it is to be in an audience of over 5000 peoples all laughing at the same parts, cheering together, and quoting the same lines. Much love for elves, dwarves, hobbits and man everywhere.

Confession: Faramir is my favorite Tolkien character ever created.

So the show was so good that I had to go home and pop in Return of the King anyway. Just. Couldn't. Wait.

Suzie will be posting about another Geeky Love we all share tomorrow: Comic Con!


Livia said...

So what do you think of Faramir's portrayal in Return of the King?

Sarah W said...

Delurking to say:

The only disappointment for me in the entire cinematic trilogy was that it didn't include Faramir's declaration of love for Eowyn.

They're standing close together and smiling at the coronation, but c'mon! I so wanted to see David Wenham in that scene.

Relurking now . . .

Livia said...

"Then Eowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful."


Valerie Kemp said...

I have totally been thinking for a while now that is was time to do a LOTR movie marathon but you just reminded me how much I hated how they portrayed Faramir in them. Oh, who am I kidding, I'll probably still watch them anyway!

storyqueen said...

Soo awesome. I think they did something like this up in LA with StarWars a year or so ago, but we only heard about it AFTER it happened.

I'd be first in line if they did something like this with Indiana Jones (swoooooon.)

Geeky Love rocks!


Brad Jaeger said...

You may really appreciate the blog post I'm putting up in a little over an hour from now...

lotusgirl said...

That had to be amazing. Oh, what would it be like to live in NYC.

Joanna said...

Faramir fans galore--yay!

Livia, Sarah & Valerie - Totally agree. Faramir is so much more complex and passionate and all-around-awesome in the books. I did think that David Wenham was a great casting though...too bad they don't utilize the character to his full potential!

In the extended version DVD release, they do have an additional scene where Faramir is watching Eowyn, after the battle at Gondor, in the Houses of Healing. But that's about all we get.

I do appreciate Peter Jackson's nod to the nerds throughout the three movies though. There is no way he can get everything in there, yet he manages to sneak in lines that only true Tolkien fans would appreciate like "Mushrooms!" and "My Old Gaffer would have a thing or two to say about that." And Faramir + Eowyn standing together in the coronation scene was another one of those moments. People who haven't read the books were like "Cool. They're standing together." And the rest of us were like "YEAH FARAMIR--YOU THE MAN!" or something like that. Or that was just me. Hehe.

pegasus358 said...

I was one of the "pub friends" that made up the "Fellowship" that went to this outstanding show this year and last year. It took me a minute to translate "pub friends" (Did I meet Joanna in a bar? No, I don't think so... Ohh, wait... she means PUBLISHING... right. That makes more sense.).

This is such a fantastic, epic experience. I can't get the music from Rohan out of my head (which wasn't helped by me listening to it on the way to work this morning), and I absolutely cannot wait till next year.

Spoilers below for anyone who hasn't seen The Two Towers...

Everyone laughed at the same moments ("You're goin' to have to toss me... Don't tell the Elf!"), cheered at the same moments (Gandalf's return, "Forth Eorlingas!!"), and cried at the same moments (Haldir's noble death-- okay, maybe I was the only one that cries at that part, but the beautiful music that plays as he gazes around at his dead comrades and collapses in Aragorn's arms... WAIL!), and no one got mad because people were clapping and cheering and whistling over the movie.

If you're a LOTR fan living anywhere near NYC, or if a production of Return of the King comes to your town, you MUST see it. ROTK is going to be even more epic. May I politely request that Viggo Mortensen and Billy Boyd be in attendance to sing their parts from the movie? Thanks!

-Beth Miller

Joanna said...

Hey Beth!

For the record, I get choked up when Haldir dies, but I ALWAYS cry when Gandalf rides over the rise with the Rohirrim. In fact, just you quoting "Forth Eorlingas!" almost brought for a tear or two right now.

"To the King!"

pegasus358 said...

I also get choked up when the Rohan woman send her two children off to raise the alarm. My eyeliner ran into my eyes, and I couldn't see... so embarrassing.

Oh, and I love Faramir as well-- especially in ROTK, and I agree with Livia that we should have seen more of his and Eowyn's love. Even the Extended editions didn't do much for me as far as that.

And why does the theatrical release of The Two Towers not show the scene where Aragorn calms Brego in the stables and then says to let him go? It makes much more sense when a random tame horse wanders up to him by the river... sigh.

Laurel said...

Joanna, I'm so jealous that you got to go and that I was out of town! I'm really hoping to go next year! Now I just need to have my own mini marathon of the movies...

Christina Auret said...

I'm glad I was not the only one who thought they ruined Faramir in the movie. What peeved me more than the fact that they did not show the romance, was that they took away his insight and a lot of his strength. I hate it when they do things like that to my favorite characters.

Also, you have made me dead jealous. Emigration might be the only solution.

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Monnrella said...

Book!Faramir rocks! Movie!Faramir made me sad :o( For my English major in college I wrote an 84-page independent study comparing the books to the movies :o)

/end nerd description before I give away too much!

Just discovered you ladies from the Guide to Literary Agents blog (I saw Suzie's interview), and I love your blog already!!

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