Some impressions of the third HobbitCon in Bonn which I visited this Easter.
As last year, my best friend denied me to show any photos featuring her, so there
will only be embarassing pictures of myself. If any photo should be featuring you
and you don't want to be featured, please tell me.
On the first day and during the costume contest, we had some camera problems,
so I don't have any pictures of some panels.
The foyer with lots of merchandise and the private traders - Bilbo and Thorin do
The hall where most of the panels took place, including a lovely Smaug deco.
Again, Mark Ferguson was the host, and again he did a wonderful job.
Lawrence Makoare confessed that he still hasn't watched the Hobbit movies and
told us an icredible story how he almost maimed Viggo Mortensen in the Lurtz vs.
Aragorn fight. Lawrence was wearing his orc contacts and couldn't see a thing,
so when he should be throwing Aragorn's dagger anywhere but at Viggo, he
accidentally threw it directly at him. Viggo hoicked his sword and reflected the
dagger - the shot is in the movie.
Luke Evans was really, really nice. He even sang for us each time someone asked
him (I think three times).
He got an 'I'm The Dragon Slayer' shirt from a fan, which he wore in his next panel.
The second day started with Graham McTavish and Ken Stott. Ken got some extra
applause cause last year had been his first convention ever and he said he'd like to
come back cause he enjoyed it so much - and he did. Graham gave us lots of
interessting EE info.
John Bell and Jeffrey Thomas, both there for the first time and both nice. Jeffrey
outed Thror as an ABBA fan and told us the gold in his beard was so heavy it had
to be taped on his head, while John was quite baffled when some fans presented
him the Baby Groot figure he loved so much.
It's hard to take some pictures of William Kircher cause he kept moving on the stage
and he still has that weird Goofy way to laugh. He sang for us, too (same as Mark
Hadlow, whose panels were during the camera problem time).
Sylvester McCoy got off the stage in his panel and kept walking through the hall all
the time, doing and saying a lot of funny stuff which can hardly be described.
Though he said that he hated Sebastian, who got more attention than him, he got
a plush hedgehog hand puppet, with which he attacked Graham McTavish at the
The costume contest. Such incredible stuff! Of course just then the camera didn't work.
There was even a marriage proposal from a Smaug to a Bard, which was accepted.
On the third day, people began to show a certain degree of fatigue. The young man
lay there exactly like this for quite some time, till his girlfriend woke him up.
We know cause we were standing in line waiting for the photo with Graham McTavish
along with these two amazing mohawk dwarves.
And here it is, my picture with (terribly nice) Graham McTavish - like last year I had
to make two pictures cause I my eyes were closed the first time. I don't do this on
purpose, but I don't mind much if it happens, either.
Looks a bit like one of those Forced Perspective shots, doesn't it?
The last panel of the Con; John Callen and Peter Hambleton, who apparently seem to
like one another.
The Closing Ceremony. Graham in a kilt facing the killer plush hedgehog. It was a bit
cruel to place little Sylvester McCoy between the two tall guys.
Ken Stott and Mark Hadlow had to leave early. Mark sent a video message where
he said it's alone Adam Brown's fault that he had to leave the country so suddenly...
And some horror at the end: Me in my two new HobbitCon shirts (the first day I wore
one from last year).
See you on HobbitCon 4!