Tag Archive | The Hobbit

Pretty sure my oldest fandom is The Hobbit.

Going back as far as possible for jesse_the_k’s prompt, “Something you read|watched|listened to before high school that you still think of fondly today.”

(And actually keeping it short this time, for once.)

When I was in kindergarten, my parents told me “hey, you’re going to sit down with the principal and vice principal and read them a chapter of The Hobbit.”

Many, many years later, it clicked that, hey, that was probably a test. Parents were trying to get school to recognize that kid was reading waaaay above grade level, school officials figured parents were being starry-eyed and unrealistic about their kid’s abilities, a proof-of-concept demonstration was arranged.

But they wisely didn’t tell me that, and I just figured, hey, this is a great book and anyone would enjoy having it read to them, so why not?

Bag End

I read chapter 2 — past all the character introduction, but not so far into the adventure that you can’t pick up the continuity. It’s the one where they nearly get eaten by trolls, and are saved by some last-minute Gandalf counter-trolling.

Also, probably the funniest chapter. Not sure whether that was chosen deliberately, but it worked out well — the officials could tell I understood what I was reading, because I laughed at all the right parts.

There are “series I discovered young and still appreciate” that are more kid-accessible — the Oz books, Calvin and Hobbes, the Bailey School Kids, Madeline, Narnia, Aliens Ate My Homework, and half a dozen classic Cartoon Network shows all come to mind. But I didn’t actually discover those first. Whereas Dad was an old-school D&D nerd, so a copy of The Hobbit was right within reach.

(December talking meme.)

These Weeks, 6/28-7/11

Fake News
Hearts and Stars (art | “Stephen”, happy!”Stephen” | worksafe)
Five Other Correspondents Jon (Thought He) Seduced (fic | Jon/everybody – specifically, “Stephen”, Sam+Jason, John Hodgman, Aasif (offscreen), and Olivia | PG-13)
Seven (ficlet | “Stephen”, liberal!”Stephen”, happy!”Stephen”, Steve ColberT, Jermaine Maine, Sweetness, Esteban, Jon, Allison | G)
Rug an mhuir fhián é léi (art | “Stephen”/OC | NSFW)

Fake News/Hellsing
TVTropes Will Ruin Your Unlife (meta!art | Jon, Stephen, a TVTropes page | worksafe)

Hellsing
baby Hellsing (art | bb!Alucard, bb!Seras | worksafe)
Blackberry Patch (sketch | Integra | worksafe)

Lord of the Rings
Elwing (old art | Elwing | worksafe)
It Is Fish (old art | Bilbo, Gollum | worksafe)
Departure of the Ringbearers (old art | Gandalf, Elrond, Galadriel, Frodo | worksafe)
Elanor the Fair (old art | Elanor Gamgee | worksafe)

Pet Shop of Horrors
T-chan and Q-chan (art | T-chan, Q-chan | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Water Wings (art | Ami | mildly NSFW)

The Sailor Neopets
Old sketches, all worksafe:
Adam | Shoyru High | Ninja Vicki | Kara Lynn pinup | Mindcat | Sailor Chibi-Lupe | Greek Girls | Breezy

General/Miscellaneous
Self-portraits (old sketches | me, Reseda | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Tentative coffin cuddling…