The urge to write the obligatory Happy New Year message.
I celebrated New Year’s Eve by going to the cinema with my two best friends this afternoon. We had been looking forward to seeing ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ since seeing the first Hobbit film last year.
The journey of Bilbo and his dwarven companions continues as they try to escape the orcs. They take refuge in the house is Beorn the skinshifter, who offers them limited assistance. He dislikes dwarves, but hates orcs more.
A journey through Mirkwood goes badly wrong but Bilbo, and a dozen barrels come to their rescue. Kili makes a conquest if a romantic nature. Later, they make their way to Laketown, and from there their ultimate goal, Erebor – The Lonely Mountain – is only a stones throw, or a dragon’s wingflap, away.
This time of year people all over the world settle in to get drunk and make promises to themselves about what they’ll do next year.
One bought me a book of comic, verse, renditions of myths, and the other bought me the most beautiful notebook in the history of notebooks.
“Watch out for those hairy spider things; they’ll take your eyes out.”
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