February 29th, 2012

Tolkien, artist

Dodging a Bullet...

Yesterday at this time they were forecasting snow - 6"-12" of the white stuff to hit us. But we got rain and sleet all night instead. It has just now (4:30 am) changed over to snow which we're supposed to have for most of the day. So over an icy and slushy mess, we'll get snow. It's going to be a very icy day and treacherous driving. I'll get my errands done as soon as possible and then settle down at my computer. I started printing my overheads at the shop yesterday and was having variable success, so I will be continuing working on that today because I have to get this nailed. If this doesn't work, I'll print detailed hi-def photo prints and then copy them onto overheads at the copy shop tomorrow am. One thing is for sure, I'm going through a lot of ink. But the overheads I've done are beautiful. Things are falling into place - none too soon :-)

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Tolkien, artist


1. Leave a comment to this post - specifically saying that you would like a letter.
2. I will give you a letter.
3. Post the names of five fictional characters whose names begin with that letter, and your thoughts on each. The characters can be from books, movies, or TV shows.

alexcat  assigned me the letter "B".  

B - Bilbo Baggins - Of course I had to start with our own special hobbit, Bilbo.  The original rebel, he breaks all of the molds by turning his back on hobbity things and taking up with a bunch of dwarves for an adventure!  His reputation never truly recovered in his home land, but the respect that is granted to him through the kingdoms of the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain, the Kingdom of the Woodland Elves, the Elves of Imladris, the Men of Laketown, and others, go far to making up for the difficulties that awaited him when he returned to the Shire.  And...he got MOST of the silver spoons back from Lobelia.  

B - Badger - friend of Rat and Toad in the classic "A Wind in the Willows".  This lovely tale with its gorgeous illustrations has permanently colored my viewpoint of badgers as wearing lovely smoking jackets and drinking strong tea.  Most of all, though, Badger was a staunch and faithful friend in the forest, a voice of reason and a dependable companion.  I loved him and I still do.  

B - Beowulf - one of the original B's, this ancient tale of glory, heroism, and danger has enthralled generations throughout the centuries and inspired similar heroes, music, and artwork created by every generation since.  I can imagine settling near the central hearth in the dark days of the deep winter and listening to the story of Beowulf and Grendl.  

B - Batman aka Bruce Wayne - I love superheroes, but what always attracted me to Batman was his humanity.  Here was a very effective crime fighter, the man who keeps Gotham City safe from the many villains who seem to walk its streets.  An orphan early in life, with the perfect butler and money to burn, he could have sat on his ass and complained.  Instead, he developed an arsenal of great tools to use, trained his body, and basically became a crime fighter who is not immune to bullets or a well placed fist.  

B - Bambi - OK, maybe I wussed out a bit here.  I could have picked Bugs Bunny or even Buffy, but I like Bambi.  It was one of the first children's movies that actually had the death of a loved one as a component of the script.  Children around the world were crying when Bambi's mother was killed.  I'm sure they still cry now when they see it.  And his wonderful friends, Thumper and Flower - it's a great character in a delightful movie.  

So there are my five.  If you want to play, ask for a letter...

- Erulisse (one L)