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Tuesday, 3 January 2012
The idea of a dwarf being "hot" wasn't ludicrous, it simply could not exist in my tiny little brain.
Had someone tried to put the idea there, my head would have probably popped off.
Most of the travelling party is made up of what I consider common, ordinary, deep-in-the-earth dwarves.
They come in various shapes and sizes, but they are all stocky and hairy.
Their faces, if not exactly attractive, are interesting and pleasing.
Good thing, too, since THE HOBBIT will be shown in two parts--two full length (probably over 2 hours each) movies.
Not to worry.
Luckily there are three dwarves, royalty as it were, who do not fit the preconceived dwarven mold.
If you've stayed with me this far, you are in for a real treat.
Warning: Hot dwarves ahead.
Thorin Oakenshield is a dwarf king in exile.
Suddenly the term "hot dwarves" makes complete sense.
Okay, so maybe the fact that I'm not 14 anymore means I think beards are sexy.
(At 14 I thought beards were gross.)
All with faces prettier than an average dwarf.
But I'm sticking by my assessment.
It's a new age, and some of the dwarves are definitely HOT.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All images in this post are from The Hobbit trailer available at: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/thehobbit/
If you want to learn more about The Hobbit movie, the best places for information can be found at: http://www.thehobbit.com/index.html and http://www.thehobbitblog.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PeterJacksonNZ and https://www.facebook.com/TheHobbitMovie
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Friday, 30 September 2011
It wasn't until we adjourned to the shrine of Thomas Becket, the king's private chapel located to the east of his personal chambers, that Henry became thoughtful, sad, angry, and in the end, resigned.
You see, Thomas and Henry were friends once. Henry II made Thomas his Lord Chancellor, with the duty of enforcing the king's sources of revenue, from both landowners and the church. Henry's son, Henry the Younger even lived in Becket's household as a youth, as it was common for noble children to be fostered outside their home.
The problem came when the Archbishop of Canterbury died. The church and the king were often at odds. In an attempt to solve this problem, Henry II appointed Thomas as the Archbishop. Since Thomas had always served him faithfully, Henry thought the problem settled.
Thomas excommunicated several of the king's knights, and chaos erupted. At one point, Henry II complained to four of his closest knights. Saying either:
"Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" or "What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?"
Henry couldn't remember exactly what he said, but either way, his knights interpreted his frustration as a royal command.
The knights went straightway to Canterbury Cathedral. There they found Thomas on his way to vespers. At the entrance to the crypt they killed him.
King Henry II bemoaned the fallout from that single act. It would become the defining moment in his entire reign.
We felt it best to leave the king to his ramblings and went to find a meal.