Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Hobbit

We are looking forward to Film 2 of The Hobbit (The Desolation of Smaug) next Christmas.  If this second film is as true to the book as the first, then His Imperial Majesty will make some sort of appearance, for Chapter 8 of The Hobbit includes the passage:

'In the end he poked his head above the roof of leaves, and then he found spiders all right.  But they were only small ones of ordinary size, and they were after the butterflies.  Bilbo's eyes were nearly blinded by the light.  He could hear the dwarves shouting up at him from far below... he saw all  round him a sea of dark green, ruffled here and there by the breeze; and everywhere there were hundreds of butterflies.  I expect they were a kind of purple emperor, a butterfly that loves the tops of oak-woods, but these were not purple at all, they were a dark dark velvety black without any markings to be seen.'

Of course, People of Purple Persuasion know exactly what The Preciouss truly is... 

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