Árni Johnsen, who’s a member of the Icelandic Parliament, was in a car accident in 2010, but according to him it wasn’t luck that saved him, but a group of friendly elves that lived in a boulder by the side of the highway. As a thank you, Johnsen is moving the 30-ton boulder home of the elves to the yard of his home in Höfðaból, where they will live with a neighboring colony of elves in Johnsen’s backyard.
To prove this isn’t entirely B.S., here’s a quote from Morgunblaðið, a newspaper in Iceland:
I had Ragnhildur Jónsdóttir, a specialist in the affairs of elves from Álfagarðurinn in Hellisgerði, Hafnarfjörður, to come look at the boulder with me […] She said it was incredible, that she had never met three generations of elves in the same boulder before […]
She said an elderly couple lives on the upper floor but a young couple with three children on the lower floor […] But they asked whether the boulder could stand on grass. I said that was no problem but asked why they wanted grass. ‘It’s because they want to have sheep.’
Do you get the feeling that if Mitt Romney or Barack Obama were involved in a story like this that the U.S. media would take it at face value? Or would Anderson Cooper call Dr Drew to call bat $#!% on the situation?
Johnsen went on to talk about the luxury the elves would travel in, and what happened on the night of his accident.
The boulder will be moved on the ferry Herjólfur and the elves will travel in a basket lined with sheep skin so that they can be comfortable on the journey.
Ragnhildur explained to Árni that when he was in the accident everything went crazy on Hellisheiði. Elves from all neighboring settlements were called out and there was much confusion until one large being took control of the situation.
Well, no matter how you feel about the facts of the story, at least we can appreciate a good news story about a politician for a change.
There’s been some concern from Tolkien purists about the addition of new characters to The Hobbit scripts. Interestingly enough, Evangeline Lilly views herself as somewhat of a stickler for adhering to the text as closely as possible, but says she understands why Peter Jackson wanted Tauriel in the new movies.
“[Yes], I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I’ll be the black mark on the film. I know how adamant the purists are and I’m one of them!” Lilly told SFX.
“That said, upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation – especially female characters! The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really.”
According to Lilly, Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens are keeping Tolkien’s world intact, while simply adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story.
“When the original [LOTR] came out in theaters, I swore up and down that I would not see them because I thought it was sacrilege that anyone would adapt Tolkien’s work. I didn’t think anyone would justify films by making them as good as they should be.
“Then my entire family when I was visiting went to see the movie and so I relented and went. We were all fans of the books and we were all blown away! It was a little piece of magic what Peter Jackson accomplished because it was truly a homage to the books rather than an offense.”
Evangeline Lilly recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly about her character Tauriel in the upcoming, highly-anticipated Hobbit films.
When asked if she had to learn archery and swordplay, Lilly said:
“Yes, she is a warrior. She’s actually the head of the Elven guard. She’s the big shot in the army. So she knows how to wield any weapon, but the primary weapons that she uses are a bow and arrow and two daggers. And she’s lethal and deadly. You definitely wouldn’t want to be caught in a dark alley next to Tauriel.”
She also commented on how much we’ll see the character.
“She’s not in the first film very much. She comes into the first film near the end, and has a very small part to play. Her role in the second film is much more involved. Although, I have to say, when I first read the scripts and took the job, she had a lot less going on in the second film. I think the role is becoming a bit more demanding that I had expected it to be. There’s a lot more for me to do now, which is a lot of fun, but it’s a little more pressure.”
Lilly added that she has to go back to New Zealand for five more months of filming.
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It’s a regular ‘ole “Battle of the Sugar Plum Sabers” in this audition video for Santa’s elves. Who knew it could be so cutthroat to snag one of those mall jobs. (The Mary Sue)
Aaaaah Elfquest. I never read it, but I know a lot of people who do. It’s rather surprising that Hollywood hasn’t bastardized it with a movie. Will leave that to the fan-boys. Er….fan-girls.
A few geeky fangirls took it upon themselves to create a short, but rather impressive teaser trailer for an “ElfQuest” film. There isn’t much to the trailer, but according to the official ElfQuest Fan Fiction website, the project is a labor of love and their goal is to “create new fans and give existing ones a taste of the world we’ve loved for so long.”
Here’s what the actresses and producers had to say:
“Both of us have been fans of EQ since we were little girls, and this project is a complete labor of love. We are working actresses and producers in the New Media circle and when we discovered our shared lifelong love for this series we were spurred to action. ElfQuest showed us the heroines that we could aspire to become and its magic shaped us, ultimately leading us into the creative entertainment sphere. So we owe it a lot!”
Blah…blah…blah. Elf ears on scantily clad lovely ladies? I’m fapping with glee. MOAR PLZ!