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09 January 2013 @ 03:40 pm
'The Hobbit' From A 6 Year Old's POV!  
I have failed you guys on awesome stories of The Nephew lately, so let me share one now. So he came to stay for a few days over his Christmas break. At Christmas dinner he asked my sister if we were taking him to see The Hobbit. My brother tells him that he will discuss it with us, so my sister says, “We’ll see what you’re dad says, buddy.” About an hour later, The Nephew comes into the kitchen, sidles up to her and goes, all quiet and conspiratorially, “We are going to see The Hobbit, right?” He knows who the sucker is! My sister replies, “Of course we are,” in a similar conspiratorial whisper.

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!
 
 
 
Kate: cat faceceitfianna on January 9th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
I love your nephew and is take on everything. I needed to read something like that today as its been a little rough.
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
My nephew's the best! He just takes in everything around him and then sorts it out in his mind and spits it back out in a way that is logical to him and it is so awesome to watch. I wonder if his little sister will be like that (two weeks under my sis-in-law's due date!)

I am glad I got around to posting this then, if it cheered up your mood a little. When my mood is down, he usually cheers me up too. :)
Shireboundshirebound on January 9th, 2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
OMG, I love your nephew with great lovings!

“Bilbo! Don’t just stand there!”

“Yeah and also, Gollum didn’t have a sword. It’s not nice to fight people who don’t even have a weapon.”


♥ ♥
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was a little worried the movie wouldn't hold his interest, but as you can see, he really got into it! I think Bilbo is his new favorite person right now.

I saw your rec of this post on your LJ and I got a big grin on my face, being a proud aunt and all! <3
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dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
The Nephew was so into the movie, he talked about it for days afterwards! Aren't kids ridiculously fun to watch movies with? Their take on things is so entertaining.

HOBBIT HUGS FOREVER!!!
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on January 9th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
I love his take on the film. Kids have a cool and different way of seeing things.

Oh, I do pottery and never would have consider what sound a pot makes as a qualification for being a cool pot if a 6 year old boy hadn't mentioned it.

I was helping man the student sale, and a woman with three kids came in. One was in a stroller, but the other two were able to wander around. She let them get one pot each (though I think there was a spending limit) and one picked the pot on color, the other kid picked the pot that was cylindrical with a small hole in the top. He kept blowing across the top and of course it would make sounds.

Now every time I'm at some sort of student or craft sale, I have to blow on the pots to see what sounds they make. LOL!
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
My nephew really does just observe things around him and then come up with what is pretty good logic about everything. I think maybe more adults should do this. His reaction to movies is just always so much fun!

Oh, I do pottery and never would have consider what sound a pot makes as a qualification for being a cool pot if a 6 year old boy hadn't mentioned it.

That's awesome! See, kids think up things we adults would never even consider, but now that you mention it, the sound a pot makes is totally important! :)
dreamflower02dreamflower02 on January 9th, 2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
Here via shirebound!

That was utterly adorable! I love the take kids have on things. Also, clearly your nephew has been well brought up: “Yeah and also, Gollum didn’t have a sword. It’s not nice to fight people who don’t even have a weapon.”

He has a good head on his shoulders. I hope he stays that wise.
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
I like to think my nephew has a good combination of cool fangirl aunts and a dad who talks things through with him. The Nephew was telling me about watching 'Remember The Titans' and he came away with not only the race issue but also how that one little girl liked football but everyone thought she should play with dolls just because she was a girl and 'that's not fair, girls can like football and boys can like dolls, you know.' :)

He has a good head on his shoulders. I hope he stays that wise.

Thank you! Beaming like a proud aunt here!
Claudia's Coveclaudia603 on January 10th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Hee! I'm here through Shirebound. OMG, his views are ADORABLE!!! Especially his concern about the whole Bilbo/Thorin thing! :)

I have a four-year-old niece and I can't wait until I can watch LOTR or Hobbit with her! :)
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

OMG, his views are ADORABLE!!! Especially his concern about the whole Bilbo/Thorin thing! :)

lol Yeah, he was very concerned that they wouldn't be friends and now he is excited for the next movie because 'everyone knows Bilbo is good at stuff now'.

I have a four-year-old niece and I can't wait until I can watch LOTR or Hobbit with her! :)

Ikr? It's so exciting to introduce them to things like that. My nephew will be eight when the last of The Hobbit movies comes out so I think I will buy him the book that year so he can read it and then after the last Hobbit movie, we can watch all of LotR with him! I predict he is going to love Merry & Pippin as much as I do.
lindahoylandlindahoyland on January 10th, 2013 02:14 am (UTC)
Just adorable!
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 10th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He entertains us constantly with his awesome take on things!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 23rd, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
I can't believe I didn't comment on this. I read it and it was adorable and I was so happy that it worked out for you guys to see The Hobbit together!
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 28th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
My nephew just cracks my shit up! He was so serious about the movie too! I am certainly glad we got to see the movie together, even though my sis is still bummed that she was too sick to go. (he looked adorable in his hobbit costume too!)

ION, my sis-in-law's due date was today, so the new baby will be here any day now, just not hopefully tonight because of the snow/sleet/blizzard outside right now. 8)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 28th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Babies and blizzards do not mix, it's true! (Though I was born during a late April snow-shower in Boston, when my dad was still at sea, and my mom had to take a cab to the hospital all alone. Also, there were holes in the floorboards of that cab.)

I know you're excited!
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 28th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
(Though I was born during a late April snow-shower in Boston, when my dad was still at sea, and my mom had to take a cab to the hospital all alone. Also, there were holes in the floorboards of that cab.)

I bet your mom told you that story all the time too, didn't she? lol My mom is always telling the story of how my older brother came so fast, that my dad let my mom off at the doors and went to park the car and by the time he got upstairs to the ward, my brother had been born.

I know you're excited!

At this point I am just getting impatient! I can't imagine how my sis-in-law feels. Mostly, I am just excited to watch The Nephew being all 'big brother'.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 29th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Actually, I think she only told it twice. But since I grew up completely without snow in San Diego, it stuck (unlike snow in TN, which has been a cruel no-days-out-of-school sort of experience so far this winter).

Is there a baby yet?
dodger_sister: kidsdodger_sister on January 31st, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
unlike snow in TN, which has been a cruel no-days-out-of-school sort of experience so far this winter).

Reason #52 why you should move to Michigan! We have lots of snow days. Of course we also have almost 6 months of winter weather which sucks balls.

Is there a baby yet?

NO! Not yet. What's that girl waiting for?
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on February 1st, 2013 12:57 am (UTC)
You know, my dad was stationed in Lansing for a while. And Boston. But he retired to San Diego, and I'm pretty sure there were excellent reasons for that. :P

Sheesh, slowpoke!