In a fascinating example of parallel creativity, Macfeast had a similar bout of Hobbit/LOTRO inspiration which also burst forth in video form! Apart from loving it, it makes me feel that much less crazy!
When two of my obsessions collide (Lord of the Rings Online + Richard Armitage’s voice) this is what happens; my own visual interpretation of the song from the Hobbit trailer. Please watch in 720 HD!
After indulging in a few screencap comparisons, I realized it would not be that hard to make a video (maybe just a tiny bit hard, but far more fun than most creative things I’ve done).
If you just happened upon this and wondered “What the heck?” then these posts, Adventures in Dwarf Appreciation and Freryn as Thorin, will fill you in. The clips were captured by recording locations within the game using FRAPS, and then edited in Corel VideoStudio Pro. This is my first gaming video, so I figured a short song was a good place to start, even though I was dying to add clips of trolls, and Mirkwood spiders, but the lyrics did not call for it. Maybe another time!
Ever cosplay while role-playing online? Gets weird, doesn’t it?
My dwarf Freryn apparently has nothing better to do besides pretend he is movie Thorin! Trouble is, Freryn is convinced he’s much hotter than that silly human playing him in the film.
I’m less convinced…
For any LOTRO players interested, Freryn’s outfit consists of:
– Robe of the Learned Stag (dyed black)
– Leather Gauntlets of the Leaping Stag (dyed black)
– riding the Bree Starter Pony
Update 12/18/12: If you’ve seen the film you’ll know that Thráin plays a part in the flashbacks at Erebor, and Moria, but not quite in the same way as in the text. I won’t go into details yet, but rather say that the scene shown below of Gandalf fighting Thráin is not in film one.
According to my web stats, I get more people searching for “Who is Gandalf fighting in the trailer?” than anything else! So, although this is only a hypothesis, the best guess is the scene shows a confrontation between the wizard and Thorin’s father, Thráin II, at Dol Guldur.
I’ve detailed my reasons for this here, but I wanted to take a moment to highlight the life of Thráin for those wondering who this grey ball of hair and fury may once have been (and if you think Thorin is a badass, wait till you read about his daddy!)
And don’t we know it baby! Stellar interview with Richard here on MTV.com
“I think this is one of those characters that always stay with you because you spend so much time with him and it’s such a transformation. I’m in the character every day, and I’ve become so familiar with him. I sort of know how he thinks. I feel really close to the character….”
The following is the second part of my escapades as a new dwarf character in Lord of the Rings Online. The first part can be found here.
The Hazards of Yule-fest
The Northern part of Ered Luin is locked in a perpetual grip of ice and snow, and the eternally cold climate means winter’s pinnacle is little marked by the dwarves. Yet even so, Yule-fest is celebrated by the inhabitants. It is supposed to be a time of merriment and abandon, but Freryn found the dwarves of the Blue Mountains were not the most enthusiastic revelers.
There were few festival goers to be found (most folk were still mining, or smelting, or being general sticks-in-the-mud). He found even those in drink were hardly less dour than the Dourhands, bemoaning their lost Lords, and whispering something about a mystical return of King Thrain via a thunderstorm. He didn’t know if they meant Thrain the first, or second, but he didn’t ask. The whole idea was unnerving. He’d seen enough things in the world, some very recently, to know one should not invoke spirits of the past, ally or otherwise. The dead were likely happier in the Halls of Waiting. There let them remain, or else risk their wrath! Continue reading
I’m still as smitten with Over the Misty Mountains Cold (lyrics to the original song can be found here) as when I first heard it, and am enjoying the interpretations on Youtube. For anyone interested in trying to make their own, here is a simple transcription of the melody by DieRacheDerNatur.
(click below for a printable version)
For those who want to try something more complicated, such as this impressive piano cover from EricDanielMusic, here is the sheet music it is based on (which varies slightly from the example above). Eric also made an incredibly helpful piano tutorial.
But wait! You say the plaintive piano is not your cup of tea? Want something a little more…in-your-face? Again, Eric Daniel has you covered! Try this Rock Guitar cover! Go on, you will be surprised at how well it works!
Not so sure Tolkien and hard rock go together? I beg to differ. Thorin may have been a harpist, but that does not mean he couldn’t thrash with the best of them!