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2012-12-13

Lucia

In Sweden we have a quite unique celebration called Lucia on the 13th of December. In origin it's a pagan tradition to celebrate midwinter, just as we still celebrate midsummer. The Christian church fought vigorously to extinct all pagan or to kidnap them into Christian tradition. E.g. almost all Christian saints are of pagan origin, but was transformed into saints so that pagans could be won over. All this naturally goes against what the Christian god says about "du skall inga andra gudar hava jämte mig" (not sure about the original writing, but the English translation states "you shall have no other gods before me", while the Swedish states "you shall have no other gods except me". In accordance with how many people Christianity has killed - even since the first moment Moses first came down with the tablets of this writing because they worshipped anything but god, I would assume the Swedish translation is more in accordance then the English). Aaaanyway, in the 1900's Lucia became a celebration of a Christian saint. While still dark outside and at most offices, schools, elderly homes, and so forth, a gathering of boys and girls come and sing different "Lucia songs". Lucia herself has five candles in her hair (which makes her walk very very slowly), and they all hold one candle each in their hands. Ironically, in Sweden Lucia has to have long blond hair - something that shows the old pagan origin, and rims oddly with a saint from Sicily. During these songs you enjoy a cup of glögg and a lussekatt or two.

Gävlebocken - A Swedish Tradition

In the city of Gävle they have been putting up a giant yule goat every year since 1966 at the first of advent. That's one part of the tradition, the other part of it is the battle to save it or burn it. The government do what they can and impregnate it in anti-flame materials, having guards, having cameras and so on, and then there's some from the public who tries to set it on fire before the month is over. It's so well know event that official betting exist on it. Statistically, it's pretty much 50/50. The outcome 2012 was just reported by the news, and the outcome was that it burned to the ground.

The best year so far though, was when a tourist from USA had it burned down. Got caught by the police, and stated that he thought it was tradition to burn it, and didn't know it was an offence.


2012-12-09

Pre-Premier of The Hobbit in Copenhagen

Don't worry - no spoiler alerts here!

Being in the Tolkien society has it's privileges. Three days ahead of the world premier of The Hobbit, we were invited to Copenhagen to take part in the pre-premier. Sadly it wasn't Grand with the capital G, becuse true or not, it was said that Peter Jackson would attend the pre-premier in Copenhagen - of all places, but that Warner Bros had then come up with the (in our point of view) not so brilliant idea that only Wellington, London and Tokyo would have the big pre-premiers. Well, Wellington and London I can understand, but Tokyo when out of three? I have heard rumours about Hollywood being a biggy, although it's nice some other parts of the world gets more focus. Anyway, it was also rumours about the Queen showing up, but that she had cancelled.

On our way there from the train station in Copenhagen, a TV-team followed the brave 24 of us. This in a snowy day that the weather forecast put as a level 2 blizzard - stay indoors. In this weather, this brave little Hobbit went as Hobbit's do - without shoes:

Once inside we got to go through the red carpet with all the flashing cameras and video cameras  Although everyone of us 24 got filmed, I got quite happy about being interviewed directly by the TV (sadly I never found out what company it was). Thank you Melinda for having the presence awareness to take a photo of me at this moment!

We also got some official photos and videos taken when walking down the stairs, but those from my camera sadly suffers from bad lightning:

Galathil at the gates:

Some beautiful elves from Malmö's Tolkien society, Angmar, posing:

So what about the movie itself? Without giving any spoilers away - which I know I would be killed for by some friends... the movie takes you exactly all the way through chapter 6, a not that stunning 108 pages into the new Swedish translation by the name Hobbiten. If you make almost three hours of film out of that, you all understand it wasn't completely true to the book. Some will like the extra, some won't, and some will hopefully do so after a few runs - just like with the Lord of the Rings. 3D or 2D? Sadly I'm still a pro 2D person. The colours are just that much better, and it never fail you with something feeling like it just hangs in the thin air. Still, as 3D comes and goes, this one was really well done.


2012-12-08

Laundry for 宝宝

We bought new baby soap, and washed all the clothes for the first time. Right now it's so cute and fun - but I'm pretty sure it soon will be just as fun as ordinary laundry...


2012-12-02

We went to the Christmas market in Lund this year. I really like the area at Kulturen since it's stuck into the small alleys of all the old houses. It was indeed very cold, but the snow didn't start to fall until the next day. A little sad for the timing since it would have been so lovely to go with the horse while the snow fell. We had to compensate that with going to the City Park and feed the ducks in the snow instead - something I'm quite sure the ducks didn't mind.