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AUJ through the eyes of eager children

Roheryn
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Apr 6 2013, 11:35pm


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My young boys (Eldarion, age 7, and Little Eldarion, age 5) just had their first chance to watch AUJ (with a fair few bits censored, of course). They’ve REALLY been looking forward to getting to see it and were utterly wriggly with excitement. I thought I’d share some of their reactions; it’s easy for us old folk to forget what it might be like to see the movie through the eyes of children. I’ve read the book straight through once with them about six months ago (they loved it), and we’ve read parts of it a number of times since then.

With just one exception (where I pointed out Fili’s shovel), everything they said was spontaneous and unsolicited. NZ Toddler (19 months) joined us for parts and was apparently riveted too – she also had a couple of comments.

Little Eldarion (LE) got out his Hobbit Movie book as the Dwarves started arriving at Bag End so that he could easily match names and faces.

Eldarion (E), in shock, of Dwalin: “He’s eating Bilbo’s dinner!”

LE, also of Dwalin: “Dwalin was so naughty when he ate Bilbo’s dinner!”

E, in shock again, of the Dwarves in Bag End: “They’re having a food fight!”

NZ Toddler (NZT), seeing the massive feast set out by the Dwarves: *gigglegigglegiggle* She loves food!

Both boys laughed at the belching.

The boys spent a good minute discussing with each other whether they themselves would go on the Adventure, if they could. (They both agreed yes, they would.)

Both boys LOVE Bilbo’s excitement as he runs through Hobbiton. They also LOVE the bunny sled, every time it’s on screen.

NZT, on seeing the bunny sled: *gigglegigglegigglegiggle*

E, after Galadriel tells Gandalf “If you should ever need my help, I will come”: “I wonder how THAT magic works?”

E, on Fili’s shovel (seen on his back after they leave Rivendell): “Oh, it must be for shovelling snow – look at all that snow in the mountains!”

E, on seeing Bilbo’s sword glowing blue for the first time, just after the heart-to-heart with Bofur: “OH MY GOODNESS! It’s glowing blue!”

E, on the first bits of Goblin-town: “This is actually not so scary.” And then: “These goblins are not good builders, I can tell.”

E, on the Great Goblin: “His chin makes him look like he has a beard!”

E, when Thorin hugs Bilbo: a very sincere “Awwwwww…”

E, on the first view of the distant Lonely Mountain: “Wow! There it is!”

E, after the Dwarves see the thrush: “I think it was a sign too. Durin’s Day must be coming near!”

And then, when Smaug’s nose blows out of the mound of treasure: Both boys JUMPED.

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My general observation was that they got a little bored or fidgety with the talky bits – the character moments that most of us older folk love so much. But any scene with more movement and less talking held their attention well. They were also captivated with Riddles in the Dark, and even the Pity of Bilbo scene.

And this brings me to a point I’ve seen made before: a lot of the bits I’ve seen most complained about here appealed greatly to my boys. I think PJ’s actually done a fabulous job of appealing to a very wide audience.



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AUJ through the eyes of eager children Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 6 2013, 11:35pm
    this is fantastic Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 6 2013, 11:43pm
    Priceless tarasaurus Send a private message to tarasaurus Apr 6 2013, 11:45pm
    How wonderful! Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Apr 6 2013, 11:49pm
    We've seen a thread like this before. GiantMushroomBear Send a private message to GiantMushroomBear Apr 7 2013, 12:02am
        Do you mean the 80s cartoon or the 2011 movie? SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Apr 7 2013, 12:12am
            SirDennis: GiantMushroomBear Send a private message to GiantMushroomBear Apr 7 2013, 12:28am
                Aight -- SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Apr 7 2013, 1:08am
                I'm sorry to say that I feel I must respond. Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Apr 7 2013, 1:12am
                    Now that Starling Send a private message to Starling Apr 7 2013, 1:25am
            Tra, la, la la la laaah, tra la la la laaaah... Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 2:29am
                Yeah, Smurfette -- argh SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Apr 7 2013, 3:19am
                    Oh, agreed. Tauriel surely draws some inspiration from Smurfette. Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 5:03am
                        ... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Apr 7 2013, 4:43pm
                ssplabwahahat!! elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Apr 7 2013, 9:22am
        Lets us appoint children to the academy Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Apr 7 2013, 12:21am
        Children's praise of AUJ is the highest praise of all Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Apr 7 2013, 12:21am
            Well, Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Apr 7 2013, 12:24am
                I see what you did there... tarasaurus Send a private message to tarasaurus Apr 7 2013, 12:45am
                    Ha! Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Apr 7 2013, 12:51pm
                        Yes, and tarasaurus Send a private message to tarasaurus Apr 7 2013, 5:47pm
                            Meesaa Lusitano Send a private message to Lusitano Apr 7 2013, 7:29pm
                If kids like it then it is a good kids movie. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Apr 7 2013, 12:46am
            Entirely agreed. If it had lost too much of the childlike wonderment, AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 2:10am
                I remember once in high school Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 7:24am
                    Ro! swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Apr 7 2013, 4:50pm
        Maybe, Ro entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 7 2013, 1:26am
        *in best Obi-wan voice* Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 1:59am
        I disagree Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Apr 7 2013, 2:16am
    you named your children eldarion and little eldarion? Mybear Send a private message to Mybear Apr 7 2013, 12:20am
        They're as real as Roheryn's name. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 7 2013, 1:06am
        Well, actually, no. I think L Ron Halfelven gets the credit for that. Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 1:25am
            Did someone say 'Thorin' and 'pony'? Starling Send a private message to Starling Apr 7 2013, 1:32am
                ***clinking to joy, Starling*** Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Apr 7 2013, 1:34am
                *sprffflllggrffff* Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 1:42am
                ROTFL!! You have left me speechless!! Old Toby Send a private message to Old Toby Apr 7 2013, 2:21am
                Very cute.. elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Apr 7 2013, 9:29am
                    Bomby has sum Movie Creed? Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 7 2013, 12:40pm
                        Hi Bomby. Was this reply meant for Ro? elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Apr 7 2013, 12:49pm
                            Yes! This Reply WAS for RO and her Kids..BUT? Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 7 2013, 2:15pm
                                it does matter which post you hit reply on. Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Apr 7 2013, 3:12pm
                                No worries... elaen32 Send a private message to elaen32 Apr 7 2013, 4:22pm
                        wow..... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Apr 7 2013, 5:11pm
        Ah, you know... Angharad73 Send a private message to Angharad73 Apr 7 2013, 7:20am
    The complexity of doing a film for all ages Marionette Send a private message to Marionette Apr 7 2013, 12:47am
        Sense of wonder Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Apr 7 2013, 3:26pm
            Sense of Wonder Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Apr 7 2013, 3:36pm
                Collection Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Apr 7 2013, 3:55pm
                    I'm all over the place lol Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Apr 7 2013, 4:52pm
                        Collection 2 Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Apr 7 2013, 5:41pm
                            Impressive Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Apr 7 2013, 7:31pm
                        Aww. I hope she lived up to your sacrifices, and remained with you ever after AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 10:07pm
                            Sadly no :( Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Apr 7 2013, 10:26pm
                                I am sorry, AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 8 2013, 12:11am
                                    Thank ya :) Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Apr 8 2013, 2:20am
                                        Ah, tis not like it was when we were very young and new to such things. The world AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 8 2013, 4:13am
                                            Thank you :) Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Apr 8 2013, 4:31am
    Roheryn, on seeing Thorin: *gigglegigglegigglegiggle* Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 7 2013, 1:07am
        *gigglegigglegiggle* Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 2:39am
            The man should know better! Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 7 2013, 2:57am
    I love hearing the whole age spectrum story Ro! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Apr 7 2013, 1:10am
        Excellent point, Brethil Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Apr 7 2013, 4:43am
    I'm so glad they saw it! entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 7 2013, 1:22am
        So are they! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 1:37am
            *gigglegigglegiggle* entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 7 2013, 2:18am
    Oh, and their favorite Dwarf: Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 1:38am
        nori Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 7 2013, 1:42am
            There's a staffer here entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Apr 7 2013, 2:20am
                that is awesome. Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 7 2013, 2:24am
                    There's also a message boarder Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Apr 7 2013, 2:57am
                        just as long as no one Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 7 2013, 3:05am
                            Well, Starling Send a private message to Starling Apr 7 2013, 3:29am
                                question is... Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 7 2013, 3:35am
                                    Actually, he did! Starling Send a private message to Starling Apr 7 2013, 3:46am
                                        in the name of elbereth Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 7 2013, 9:22am
                At least we didn't do that! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 4:03am
    Awesome! Barrow-Wight Send a private message to Barrow-Wight Apr 7 2013, 2:24am
        Thank you for the link! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Apr 7 2013, 1:13pm
    It's great your kids liked it. Thorins_apprentice Send a private message to Thorins_apprentice Apr 7 2013, 2:57am
    Love their reactions Ro! Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin Apr 7 2013, 3:01am
    wonderful seeing their reactions... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Apr 7 2013, 4:03am
        Are you referring to The Hobbit as a kids movie bro. Thorins_apprentice Send a private message to Thorins_apprentice Apr 7 2013, 4:10am
            Why must we label it, sis? Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 4:49am
                Nah,bro talking to swordhale not you. Thorins_apprentice Send a private message to Thorins_apprentice Apr 7 2013, 4:52am
                    Narnia is not the Hobbit. Thorins_apprentice Send a private message to Thorins_apprentice Apr 7 2013, 5:07am
                        The comparison is not an insult. Indeed, Tolkien and Lewis were the dearest of friends AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 5:55pm
                    Ah, sis, guess I was eavesdropping. Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Apr 7 2013, 7:35am
                    (takes off helm revealing mass of red hair) I am no bro.... swordwhale Send a private message to swordwhale Apr 7 2013, 4:42pm
        although i know, technically... Maciliel Send a private message to Maciliel Apr 7 2013, 9:19am
            I completely empathize and understand. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 5:46pm
            I really enjoy young adult fiction. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Apr 7 2013, 6:39pm
                Yes, I still occasionally read young adult fiction Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Apr 7 2013, 10:04pm
                    Narnia is really addictive, because you can blast through each book in a few hours // QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 10:14pm
    Hehe triptrap Send a private message to triptrap Apr 7 2013, 12:58pm
    Thanks for sharing! Luinnár Send a private message to Luinnár Apr 7 2013, 2:07pm
        You were 4...? QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 2:13pm
            Are there really Luinnár Send a private message to Luinnár Apr 7 2013, 2:23pm
                There are a few... QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 2:41pm
            If it helps Arwen's daughter Send a private message to Arwen's daughter Apr 7 2013, 2:35pm
                So.. if my math is right... you were 13 when the book was released? QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 2:45pm
                    Bomby was 51 when "Fellowship" came out? Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 7 2013, 2:51pm
                        60's... so you're a bit of a hippy then, Bomby? QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 3:11pm
                            Boulder Colorado 1968-70 Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Apr 8 2013, 2:52am
                That would make you Luinnár Send a private message to Luinnár Apr 7 2013, 2:49pm
                    Currently at college in a class of 16 year olds and found the same thing QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 2:53pm
                        I just hope Luinnár Send a private message to Luinnár Apr 7 2013, 3:05pm
                            Cognitive funciton is pretty high at that age. The britghter ones AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 5:57pm
                                But they do appreciate Armitage and the hot dwarf // QuackingTroll Send a private message to QuackingTroll Apr 7 2013, 6:12pm
                                    Of course they do. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 6:26pm
                                        Not true Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Apr 7 2013, 10:00pm
                                            Is that to me? I didn't intend to imply that they were the only ones who could AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 7 2013, 10:11pm
                                                Oh, I see what you mean Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Apr 7 2013, 10:17pm
                                                    *wink* AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Apr 8 2013, 12:11am
                        11-13 year olds Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Apr 7 2013, 3:53pm
                            Love your mentoring story Argalen! Brethil Send a private message to Brethil Apr 8 2013, 12:56am
    Awww,, I'm glad they liked it! Eledhwen Send a private message to Eledhwen Apr 7 2013, 3:55pm
    Re> Runk Snusgrop Send a private message to Runk Snusgrop Apr 7 2013, 4:45pm
    Thanks for sharing this! Riven Delve Send a private message to Riven Delve Apr 7 2013, 7:18pm
    That is awesome. BoromirOfWinterfell Send a private message to BoromirOfWinterfell Apr 8 2013, 11:16am
    Awww. Thanks for sharing. Ceridwen Send a private message to Ceridwen Apr 10 2013, 11:31am
    Thanks for sharing! I love the commentary. My oldest elfling.... Elwen Send a private message to Elwen Apr 10 2013, 2:13pm

 
 
 

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