31 Dec 2009

In which we talk about Gandalf 's fireworks - Happy 'Hobbitish' 2010

Its the last day of the year 2009 in the Shire and the Hobbits are getting ready for the obligatory celebrations to welcome 2010. Gandalf has arrived and this means 'fireworks'! It is not known when Gandalf first came to the Shire , but he does appear here from time to time and is famous among Hobbits especially for his fireworks.

"The fireworks were by Gandalf: they were not only brought by him, but designed and made by him; and the special effects, set pieces, and flights of rockets were let off by him. But there was also a generous distribution of squibs , crackers, backrappers, sparklers, torches,dwarf-candels, elf-fountains, goblin-barkers, and thunder-claps. They were superb.The art of Gandalf improved with age.
There were rockets like a flight of scintillating birds singing with sweet voices. There were green trees with trunks of dark smoke: their leaves opened like a whole spring unfolding in a moment, and their shining branches dropped glowing flowers down upon the astonished hobbits, disappearing with a sweet scent just before they touched their upturned faces. There were fountains of butterflies that flew glittering into the trees; there were pillars of coloured fires that rose and turned into eagles, or sailing ships, or a phalanx of flying swans; there was a red thunderstorm and a shower of yellow rain ; there was a forest of silver spears that sprang suddenly into the air with a yell like and embattled army, and came down again into the Water with a hiss like a hundred hot snakes. And there was also one last surprise, in honour of Bilbo, and it startled the hobbits exceedingly , as Gandalf intended. The lights went out. A great smoke went up. It shaped itself like a mountain seen in the distance, and began to glow at the summit. It spouted green and scarlet flames. Out flew a red-golden dragon- not life-size, but terribly life-like: fire came from his jaws, his eyes glared down; there was a roar, and he whizzed three times over the heads of the crowd. They all ducked, and many fell flat on their faces. The dragon passed like an express train, turned a somersault, and burst over Bywater with a deafening explosion." (J.R.R.Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Rings)

The fact that Gandalf is able to make fireworks its a clear reference to his knowledge of alchemy/chemistry as well as magic, which makes his character even more intriguing and interesting . Gandalf is very fond of the Hobbits and the Shire, often returning there with a cart full of fireworks. Tonight fireworks will be launched all over the world to bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one. 2009 is almost over, I want to wish you all a very 'HOBBITISH' 2010, full of happiness, music, good food and may the hairs on your feet never fall off :)

(fireworks show inspired by the Lord of the Rings Motion Picture trilogy)