Legenda 35: Stuff worth reading
[Legenda offers a brief, non-inclusive index of stuff I noticed and enjoyed since the last episode. It doesn't usually include materials presented on the major fansites, which I love dearly, but which are linked in the sidebar. Because I always forget or just miss stuff, please add additional pieces of interest via link in the comments.]
Obviously, ComicCon San Diego is the defining Richard Armitage story this week, and there’s no way I can pick up all those links. The first thing I want to do, though, is thank everyone near and far who worked to assemble that information for those of us who couldn’t be RApt on July 14. You did us a tremendous favor, and I am deeply grateful. If you’re still catching up, the best places to look for summaries and new Armitage news, apart from RichardArmitageNet.com, are TORn and Heirs of Durin. RichardArmitageOnline provides its usual succinct and punchy executive summary. Bccmee has also provided transcripts. Judiang liveblogged her reactions to unfolding events in nine installments, starting here, and FedoraLady (who’s back! couldn’t keep a good woman down for long) offers her postmortem impressions in two parts (here and here). Frenz gets ready to tell us what she learned.
I’m sure I missed good stuff. Please put your favorite links from this tempestuous few days in the comments!
I also want to put a plug in for three projects that are looking to achieve goals by that all important August 22nd deadline.
First, the SpReAd the Love challenge. We’d like to make this a recurring project. The challenge is to donate one pint of blood to a bloodbank or one pound of food to a foodbank by Mr. Armitage’s birthday. This is solely a fan challenge started by fans — Mr. Armitage’s JustGiving charitable links are here — and it encourages us to act for good in our local communities. The quite goal is 100 donations of food or blood by Mr. Armitage’s birthday.
The second is the petition for the fulfillment of Armitage’s Richard III project. Supporters seek one thousand signatures by August 22nd.
And finally — it went under in the general excitement of last week — supporters of a project to excavate the possible resting place of English king Richard III in Leicester need £10,000 by July 20. Information about the project and pledging in support are found here.
And now to the main event.
- JasRangoon contemplates possible Hobbit mdse purchases.
- Help Phylly interpret her second ever Armitage dream.
- Something I’ve been dying to know — which jeans was Armitage wearing in San Diego? With closeups.
- WETA reveal of Thorin’s shield and background at Heirs of Durin.
- Bccmee’s graphic comment on Armitage’s next film, which she’s calling “Tornado of Love.” We’re gonna get our “all about love” film by hook or by crook, no?
- Nat asks for opinions on the new role.
- I just love this expression: “not wasting the pretty.“
- If you haven’t joined Little Guy Friends Network on facebook, you should. What a sweetie. Will Little Thorin have a friends network, too?
- As yet unexploited Thorin merchandising opportunities.
- Maria Grazia begins reading The Hobbit in search of Thorin. I have to admit I’m still not quite there myself, so I’ve been saving reading all these posts about reads and group reads until I am.
- A piece from Thorin’s nephew.
- Just before the convention started last week, TORn posted a link to an interview with Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien’s only surviving child) regarding the Tolkien estate and Tolkien fils’ feelings about the legacy. I had saved this for comment myself, but who knows when I’ll get to it. Here’s one by Pinup, and I agree with much of what she says.
- Oh, and Pinup is changing her name to AgzyM.
- khandy’s “Birth of a Legend” (Thorin / Hobbit) goes to chapter 6.
- C19 Jane’s “Fate & Circumstance” (North & South) goes to chapter 12.
- If you don’t know about the adventures of Thursday Next as written by Jasper Fforde, check out Traxy’s review of Fforde’s latest. I have loved these books for a long time.
- An amusing and provocative review of Magic Mike at The Guardian regarding desire and the male gaze.