Has it been that long since I last posted?? Wow, how time flies! I've been super busy with work and chilling out completely this Easter holiday at my in-laws. I took an exact amount of zero pictures during the holiday, BUT I did find an awesome new photo of Tauriel :) Enjoy!
Hello everyone! I gotta tell you, some times I count myself very lucky to have such an awesome boyfriend who has a great touch with food, and especially with cooking meat.
The other day he made me the best dinner ever :D He took one foot long pork filet and browned it in the frying pan. Then he made a blanket of serrano ham, sun dried tomatoes and bruised basil and rolled the filet neatly in it. It was then covered with cherry tomatoes, chopped garlic and olive oil and put in the oven for a long time. He served it in thick pink slices with salty potato wedges and asparagus beans (eng. sp.?) YUUUUUM!
For desert we had the weirdest and tastiest thing; a chocolate stout floater, in other words we poured dark chocolate beer over vanilla ice-cream :)
Over the last few months I've had a little poll going in the nav bar asking which elvish character from the Hobbit you like best costume wise, and the winner is Thranduil :D To see his costume take a look at this previous post or check out posts under the label thehobbit.
In honor of Thranduil's reincarnation on screen in the shape of Lee Pace (yay!) and the subsequent costume, I thought I'd share some canon info on the Woodland King and a few fandom pictures of him. The interest for him has sky rocketed after the first few images were released and also after the first film, which shows him for a total of 30 seconds or so :) Kudos Lee!
Thranduil was born as the oldest only son of Oropher, a Sindarin elf, who later became lord of the Nandorin elves of Greenwood the Great. While Oropher lived in the eastern forest, his son stayed in the western harbour city of Lindon with the king of the Middle-earth elves, Gil-galad, and went with him to fight against Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance at the end of the Second age (opening scene of the LotR:FotR movie). Oropher died in the battle and Thranduil went to Greenwood, led the people from their city into a the safer mountain halls featured in "The Hobbit" and became their ruling King.
During the Third Age he married and had children, one of which being Legolas. I will not spoil what happens to Thranduil over the course of "The Hobbit", for that you should read the book and/or watch the films :)
As a fan of the Hunger Games books I have naturally taken a liking to the first film since it was a great rendition of a great book. In addition to this my costume loving heart was mightily impressed with Effie Trinket's peacockish wardrobe.
Watching the movie I found it difficult to tell some of the costumes apart, so I've collected some photos and screenshots and placed them in the appropriate categories, for your viewing/researching pleasure :)
Enjoy, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
I hope you enjoyed the costumes! And if you haven't read the books yet; do!
The other day I decided to take our camera out for a walk, to document some of the awesome places in my neighborhood. It used to be a working class area with apartment buildings from the early 1900s with factories interspersed. Now it is all apartments, mostly populated by students, young couples, immigrants and people who live alternative lifestyles; in other words, it makes for a very exciting neighborhod :)
The snow covered park at the heart of the area :) Students flock here in the summer to catch a few rays of sunshine.
A frozen plant/bush somewhere in the park, I though it had an erie beauty to it :)
Plaque on a monument for one of the most prominent worker's union presidents, keeping with the area's history.
An old factory building, now converted into apartments, still has the company name built into its facade.
Svartlamon is the quintessential alternative lifestyle area in perhaps the entire country, having been saved from demolition by it's residents in the 1990's and declared a city-organic test area.
A co-op based on the volunteer work of its members.
I love this; flowers in the middle of concrete and steel :D
"Tired of meat"
This concrete monster was built by the Nazi's during the Second World War as a submarine bunker. It is h-u-g-e and so fortified (it was intended to withstand any kind of attack) that the Norwegian government was physically unable to tear it down after the war. Now it has been converted into spaces for cultural use; concert venues, festival rooms, events and offices. I was lucky enough to see "Das Boot" there in 2009 and it was UNbelievable!
A very shilly reminder of the past; if you look close, you can still see
"Rauchen streng verboten!"
in German, with the Norwegian translation below
"Røkning strengt forbudt!"
"Smoking strictly forbidden!"
I hope you enjoyed that, and have a great day whatever you're doing ;)