Lord of the Rings Roundup: This Happened! Aragorn, Legolas, Frodo, Merry and Pippin Reunited!

And if you still need a fix after that, you can visit:

I watch all three extended editions every fall. I'm not really one for following celebrities. I'm a bigger fan of the fictional dream that is the completed work. 

But I am a big old fangirl for New Zealand. I also fancy a good old-fashioned daydream about what it might be like to vacation or live and work there. Quite often. (Shut up, I don't check airfares every week, you do!) 

Apparently, it's a natural paradise. Seriously...just ask Pinterest. Plus, their film and television scene is incredible. They brought us Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Eagle vs. Shark), Rhys Darby (Short Poppies, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Flight of the Conchords. And yes...all four of those brilliant properties are connected if you care enough to investigate. 

There's also the brilliant horror film "Housebound" which offers delightful plays on several genre tropes that I wouldn't dare ruin for you here. It's still on Netflix! 

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with "The Frighteners". When I got to college, I learned about Peter Jackson's entire catalogue and was mesmerized, sometimes scandalized, by his lesser known works. 

Then, like the rest of the country, I was a total nutjob for Lord of the Rings. I went to the marathon for the release of Return of the King in Ft. Wayne, Indiana where they showed all three extended editions back to back. We even got collectible film cells as keepsakes which have since been destroyed by a flood in my mother's basement. Thanks a lot, nature.

But if all that's not enough and you want to reinvest in your fandom for the cast without feeling like a creeper, you could follow some of the fellowship's more recent exploits:

(Please see this movie, it was astounding and tragically under-reported.)

Aaaaand apparently, I'm making good on that whole "don't follow celebrities" thing. Because I have no idea what Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom or Billy Boyd are up to lately. If you have any projects of theirs you love or you think I should watch, share in the comments!

Right?! P.S. I am definitely both of the nerds in this video...

*sigh* A Girl Can Dream!

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