Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mother Nature & Radagast The Brown

Dr Desert Flower and I were "A Year Without a Santa Claus" last night and the coincidence struck me,  Mother Nature strongly resembles Radagast the Brown from "The Hobbit".  

They both are intrinsically linked with Nature.  They both keep birds on their heads.  They're both fond of hats.  They both have to deal with violent and dangerous individuals in their other wise bucolic lives.

Perhaps they are distant relatives?  Perhaps fraternal twins, separated at birth?  Mother Nature is 'probably older' than Ratagast, but Tolkien wrote "The Hobbit" long before Rankin & Bass produced their stop motion masterpiece.  It is very likely that Peter Jackson saw, or was exposed to, "A Year Without A Santa Claus" in his childhood, or sometime before he began production on the milk-it-for-all-it-is-worth Hobbit trilogy.

I am just glad that Mother Nature doesn't have bird poo running down her head, and somewhat saddened and disappointed that Jackson emphasized the somewhat creepy and gross nature of Ratagast proudly (or completely unaware?) having it streaming down the right side of his face.  I concur with my buddy Ryan (who is going to see the midnight opening of "The Desolation of Smaug" tonight) on this - it is just wrong.

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