But the next day, her car broke down and it also started snowing like a freak storm. We decided to wait a day. In the morning, my sister wakes up with the flu. The Nephew was so forlorn. My sister had bought him a Bilbo-costume for Christmas and he loved it! He put it on and posed for pictures, trying to imitate what the movie posters look like. He even wore it to breakfast at the local Big Boy. Here he was in his costume and thought he wouldn’t be able to see the movie. In swoops The BFF, who took us to the movie while my poor sister stayed home and emptied her stomach.
I told him upfront that he had to sit for the whole movie and he actually did very well for a six year old. I mean, he talked through the whole thing but I only had to tell him to sit still the one time, so that is pretty amazing. The poor BFF got the brunt of his questions and comments and she deserves an award for how she helped out with him that day.
And now, his amusing reactions throughout the movie.
During the scene when Bilbo and the dwarves fall down into the mountain and are set upon by goblins, the goblins start carting off the dwarves and there is Bilbo, crouched down and hiding. Off go the goblins, off go the dwarves and there is Bilbo. Suddenly The Nephew shouts out, “Bilbo! Don’t just stand there!” I am still unsure if he thought Bilbo should take on the whole of the goblin army himself or if he just thought Bilbo should follow them, but either way The Nephew was clearly distressed by Bilbo’s lack of action.
Then when the dwarves do get away, they go tumbling downwards and land far below the goblins. One of the dwarves says, very comically, “Well, that wasn’t so bad then.” Cue the camera shot of hundreds of goblins rushing towards them and The Nephew exclaiming, “Well, that’s going to be bad.”
And at the end, when Thorin is alive and starts yelling at Bilbo, right before he apologizes and hugs Bilbo, The Nephew shouts out, “Why is he yelling at Bilbo?!”
He said his favorite part was where ‘Bilbo save that dude from that one big orc’. He was very affronted that none of the other dwarves were helping Thorin at first and that Bilbo had to do it. Then he says, “What would you have done if I had run up to save their leader? Because I’m little too, cuz I’m only six. But, you know, I would have like chopped off that big guy’s head and then the Dwarves would have all clapped for me, cuz they would have been so surprised.” My boy is self-inserting into The Hobbit, you guys!
We also had a long discussion about why Thorin was hollering at Bilbo at the end.
Me: It’s just because sometimes when you are scared or worried about someone you care about, you get angry. Like if it had been your dad and he had run up to fight that guy, wouldn’t you have been like, ‘No! Dad! Stop, you’ll get hurt!’ and been upset with him?
TN: Yeah, cuz he might hurt his back. My dad has a bad back, you know.
Me: I do know. And then you would have been like, ‘Dad, what were you thinking? You could have hurt your back!’ That’s why Thorin was yelling at Bilbo, because he was scared Bilbo almost got killed.
TN: Cuz they’re friends.
Me: Yes, because they’re friends.
TN: And then they hugged.
Me: Yes, and then they hugged.
Thorin/Bilbo through the eyes of my nephew!
And finally, we talked about the scene where Bilbo is invisible and jumps over Gollum’s head - The Nephew’s other favorite part. He tells me that Bilbo was so happy to see his friends run past but then he couldn’t even figure out how to get to them. Also don’t I know Bilbo could have just chopped off Gollum’s head if he wanted too? I explained how Bilbo felt sad for Gollum, all alone in the mountains, in the dark, with no friends, and how he took pity on Gollum instead. The Nephew says, “Yeah and also, Gollum didn’t have a sword. It’s not nice to fight people who don’t even have a weapon.” He is not wrong about that.
I think perhaps the next piece of fanfic I write him will be a Hobbit story. I even have an idea in mind!