Seriously, y'all, I went to Te Papa yesterday to see, umm, the repatriation hall...again. I was certainly not there to play video games and have my photo taken with the three trolls from The Hobbit.
Arthur Demerest writing on the ol' 2012 deal, not only do they have an article on LARPing (haven't read it yet), they have allowed me to blather about New Zealand Lord of the Rings sets, elf extras, and passing a lack of Helm's Deep on the way to wherever. These were heritage experiences. Oh yes.
Being here in New Zealand for The Hobbit is great. I get to claim I went to the film twice for purely academic reasons. Also I get to take photos of Tolkien inspired thingamadoos and sleep soundly, soothed by the clear fact that I can no doubt use them for something eventually. That I can call this working.
Take a look at LoveArchMag Issue 3: Myths and Monsters. Visit New Zealand. Accept that this seriously delights me.
Also, here is Poi-e, because it has been a while AND it seems like the Patea Maori club has a nice new building with Maori folks riding moas flanked by strange lizard people decorating the top bit of it. That makes more sense than it seems to. Kia ora all!