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"You're just an old Tom Noddy!"

Happy birthday to wellinghall! May you have a wonderful day and many, many more.

* The Onion has done it again: "Novelists Strike Fails To Affect Nation Whatsoever."

* My J.R.R. Tolkien course is currently studying The Hobbit and analyzing the 1977 made-for-TV film The Hobbit by Rankin/Bass with music by Glenn Yarbrough. There is one aspect of the soundtrack I find particularly interesting. Glenn Yarbrough underscores "the mercy of Bilbo" (his sparing of Gollum, which affects Middle-Earth so powerfully in The Lord of the Rings) in a song he wrote for The Hobbit entitled "The Old, Fat Spider." In this song, he reworks the tale of Bilbo and the spiders to bring attention to Bilbo's quality of mercy. (Oh, and the song is compulsively singable, as well.) The lyrics to the song are my quote of the day:

I met an old, fat spider, spinning in his tree.
I said, "Hey, old, fat spider, I bet you can't catch me!
You've grown too fat, you lazy lob.
You're just an old Tom Noddy!
Hey Attercop, hey Attercop, you can't catch anybody!"

And then the old, fat spider, he spun a final thread.
I said, "Hey, old, fat spider, it's time that you were dead!"
I drew my sword to cut his silk, to kill the old Tom Noddy,
But then I thought, "I'll leave him be. He can't catch anybody."

I met I met an old, fat spider in his spinning tree.
His web was old and tattered. He could hardly see.
I shooed a fly into his lair to feed the old Tom Noddy,
'Cause how can you kill a spider who can't catch anybody?



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Mar. 18th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
"It would be tragic if we had to go a whole year without a new novel from Kurt Vonnegut or Norman Mailer," he added, unaware that both authors died in 2007.

Bwahahahahah! Perfect!
Mar. 19th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Isn't that a hoot?
Mar. 18th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I do have some memory of the Rankin/Bass Hobbit. Like how the only dwarves who actually speak are Thorin, Balin, Dori, and Bombur. Well technically Dwalin had a line, which was, "But what now?" And the character designers should have received vicious wedgies for their work on Elrond and the Mirkwood Elves. Here's the thoughts of Justin of Mutant Reviewers From Hell on it.


Oh Gawd the Toilet Flush Death Shots!
Mar. 19th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
LOL! I loved the link.

An Orc, hit by a magical sword, will swirl away into darkness like he's going down a toilet.
During the riddles scene, the camera suddely starts panning over the walls for no reason, and does so for quite some time.

So true! So true!
Mar. 19th, 2008 07:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Mar. 19th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
You bet! *hugs*
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