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#439 VALENTINE BIRTHDAY Lord of my Ring Greeting Card Boy Girl HUMOUR Funny Rude (A4 Folded to A5)

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I assume that the mysticism, nerdgasms, and glorification around Tolkiens´ work and its immense impact make it (subjectively for me too, not even mentioning the nostalgic touch) one of the most fertile cornerstones of the maybe biggest popular fictional genre. The narrative surrounding the Black Pearl is fascinating, being burned and send to the sea bed before being resurrected and setting sail. So instead I’ve picked one element of each book that I liked the most (taken from my list of ten on each review) and added them here. I have always enjoyed it, understatement, but for some reason this re-read is more special than ever. There are subtle details that stop you in your tracks and changes things completely, again showing how darkness can reside in such close proximity to the light.

Flying across the ocean is exciting, and not just because I got to go to The Strand and bought far too many books. Another milestone, the evil fractions cannibalizing another leads to even more suspense and includes the always and forever important rule of warfare of pimping ones´ killer machines to let them Chuck the heck out of every enemy. It’s the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring movie this month, and to celebrate, and also introduce the movies to my best friend, the two have us have been making our way through the entire trilogy, three hours at a time. If a detail in a work cannot lead us back to ourselves, then it is no more than an arbitrary piece of chaff.I’m especially glad that, on the Jewish New Year, I finally completed my Gregorian New Year’s resolution. There have been many books that I have cherished through the years, and I expect there will be many more to come. However, it´s one more of these examples of how parochial even seemingly well educated and sophisticated people can be as soon as it comes to close to their cognitive dissonances and socioeconomic status hierarchy overkill. Lastly, I would point out that this sense of the importance of ecology has completely disappeared from fantasy (and its modern derivation of dystopias) literature (at least as far as I have read). You’ll know I never shy away from a beautiful forest scene when I am looking at creating an enchanting piece and here is one that really is wonderful.

On my third and fourth and fifth reads of this book, I started looking beyond the immediately visible. I spend considerable time looking into the filming locations for The Lord of the Rings and there were two front runners - the Mararoa River and the enchanting Fangorn Forest, both in New Zealand.

The aim was to create a scene that was blissfully still and tranquil yet showing a much darker side to it through the canons firing and the detail within the foreground. Here we see History catch up with the Idyllic and somewhat isolated Shire where violence (the sad, pathetic revenge of Saruman on Bilbo and Frodo for having thwarted his plans) rages across the land, nature is destroyed, and industrialization arises. It's something that can be read at more than one level, and, before dismissing it, let's take a look at what those levels might be. I wanted to bring some normality into the surrealness of the narrative and characters, and the birthday cake does just that, maybe it is the message on the cake or the fact that it is of Bilbo’s favourite icons - Dobby (deliberate not a blooper on my part! No problem, you will also find Arwen's ring from "Lord of the Rings", (the 'Evening Star') here as well.

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