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El Jefe

Lance,

Yup, on the money -- and a reminder why Freeman is now pretty well the indispensible Everyman for our acting era. Especially the English one since, as you said, there is so much of hobbitry in Englishness (even though, when you've lived with the British cultures like they were your siblings all your life, that can irritate the hell out of you sometimes ;) It certainly did Tolkien, who wrote in his letters that hobbitiness was not intended very often, as Michael Moorcock later mistakenly accused, as a flattering portrait.)

One quick and seasonal thought that I've had for a few years now: "Deck The Halls" is the essential hobbit carol. Just listen to the lyrics and feel the warm glow of a winter evening down the Green Dragon. Also its preference for "Yuletide" to Christmas, and as the ROTK Appendices (bows head respectfully) point out there was no way Ronald wasn't going to let his imagined world tie one on at Yule.

Lorettadillon

This is such a great entry, Lance.

I haven't seen any iterations of "Hitchhiker" although I read the series of books (my favorite was "Restaurant at the End of the Universe" which I read on a plane from California and laughed out loud so much, people kept turning around to stare at me). The first time I saw Martin Freeman was in "Love, Acutally" where his role as a body double for sex scenes was sort of silly.

Like you, I love Freeman as Watson in the new Sherlock. In fact, I love the new Sherlock best of all, even better than the Downey/Law versions.

I read the Hobbit/LotR series three times, 30 plus years ago. Believe it or not, we had a college English course in the late 70s that studied Tolkein. (I Took it. pun) I'm eager to see the movie Hobbit, since the cartoon version was so horrid. I sat through all three LoTR, of course, which could have gone on another 10 hours, if it covered more of the books. Great stuff.

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