If you have ever been to an extended family holiday gathering full of memorable characters, do any of them remind you of some of the characters from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?
Thorin Oakenshield–Always late, but he still expects you to feed him. Broods a lot, but looks so darn sexy doing it that the teenage non-blood relation nieces drool over him. Either that, or they want to borrow his fur coat. But he is above such tawdry displays of lust–unless there is gold involved, 24 carat. But you are on a budget, so he satisfies himself with the veggie tray carrots.
Hobbit–This is your host/hostess who: Insists you arrive by 2pm, but won’t feed you until 3pm. Changes what food you are contributing to the meal the night before–after you have purchased it. Monitors every morsel that you eat because they are on a special diet. Won’t let you help with the dishes because they have a certain way of loading their dishwasher. Actually, that is a good thing. And, disdainfully refuses your courteous gesture of bringing them a potted plant or other hostess gift because–well, they are just ungracious.
Other assorted Dwarves–Such picky eaters and quirky characters who: Doesn’t like green food. Wonders where the meat is. Gorges himself on the food and then breaks your favorite dining chair. Can’t hear a word you say even if his hearing aid is turned up–because the battery is dead. Wants to serve every one tea or booze–but there is only one roll of toilet paper left in the whole house. Throws your good china around like they are unbreakable Corelle Ware. Has more hair extensions than a runway model. Speaks in untelligible gibberish that only your toddler understands. Is overly concerned with how sharp the knives are–so you only give him spoons. His beard is so long it drifts into the gravy boat as he passes it to you. Wears a Pippi Longstocking like Nordic hat that he ordered online from LL Tolkbean. Or, he wants to play darts since your mom won’t let him shoot his bow and arrows in the house, etc.
Elves–First of all, they are in the ironed straight hair brigade. Jennifer Aniston and Barbara Streisand have nothing on them. These Elvetives also won’t help clean up after the meal for fear of breaking their manicured nails. And the one with the spikey crown tattoo–commemorating him being Prom King in high school–drives the biggest hog you ever saw. Some say that he has an over inflated opinion of himself–and they want to take him down. You are rooting for that one.
Wizards–Every family should have this tag team duo of these aging boy wonders. One is still a wiz/whiz at fixing electrical short circuits with your oven at the last minute so that you can continue making dinner for the family’s holiday feast. But you are not quite sure that his methods are up to safety code regulations. The other guy? Well, charitably, he is a kindly old fellow rather enamored of his birds–that your cats want to have for a snack. The cats think that the bird feeder is for them–kindly baiting the birds to come in to land, then the cats pounce.
Now that we have established our set of Easter Holiday THAUJ characters, see if you can find them all in the attached graphic below that contains various Dwarves, Hobbit, Wizards, and Elves. See how many characters you can spot.
Have a great day! I’m heading off to our family’s potluck with my green bean casserole and plump dinner rolls in hand–with chocolate bunnies for my teenage nieces and nephews, and no hostess gift. *wink*
Blessings and Cheers! Grati ;->
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