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Talks with Tolkien artists: PeckishOwl

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 7, 2015, 3:38 AM


This interview is going to be long, so prepare your mouse for scrolling! Why? Because I talked with :iconpeckishowl: - PeckishOwl and there will be many awesome comic strips! But before we get to them, have a taste of her gallery with something shorter first:

TGD #52: Arm yourselves! by PeckishOwl
TGD #51: A kingly gift by PeckishOwl
Oakencrossover #46: Dwarf Tales by PeckishOwl

Oakenstill#35: Insertname loved you by PeckishOwl
Oakenstill #32: (Dis)appearence by PeckishOwl
Oakenstill #29: The final test by PeckishOwl


1.Hello! For the beginning, could you tell us something about yourself?


Of course. Did you know that human beings are only 30 000 genes different from corn cobs’ DNA? Something to think about, no doubt.

2. What is the story behind your username?

I’ve always loved the artwork by Anry Nemo showing an owl eating a bun; the one in my avatar. And that owl looks pretty peckish to me.

3. When did you read Tolkien's books for the first time and what impression did they leave in you?


I’ve read my first Tolkien book in primary school. It was “The Hobbit” and as a child I remember enjoying it tremendously – I’ve read the entire book in almost one go. I thought “The Lord of the Rings” would be something similar, but – as you know very well – it turned out to be a rather dark and complex saga, unlike the fairytale “Hobbit”. I was actually pretty scared reading some of its fragments - after reading about the night in Bree, when the Nazgul arrive, I couldn’t sleep for a day or two. To be honest, even though I liked “The Lord of the Rings”, I don’t think I’ve entirely understood its message and poetic value until high school.

It was my mother who first suggested I should read Tolkien – she bought her first copy of “The Lord of the Rings” when she was a student herself, so I’m proud to say I’ve inherited one of the first Polish editions of “The Lord of the Rings”. In high school most kids were unfamiliar with Tolkien’s books before Peter Jackson’s movies came out. Having no friends to talk about these books, I’ve always thought of “The Hobbit” and “LOTR” as “my books”. And then the movies arrived and suddenly these books became everyone’s. In a way, it took the charm away. But on the other hand the “LOTR” movies fever compensated, in some degree, for that.  

4. How extensive is your knowledge of Middle-earth? Do you consider yourself Tolkien expert?


I’d like to think of myself as a devoted fan, but not as a hardcore fan, who can easily recite entire family trees from “The Silmarillion” while woken up at 3.00 am and hung upside down by the ankles.

There is one poem I know by heart – one which I usually recite for the entertainment of my friends when we go mountain-hiking. It’s “The Walking Song” from “The Fellowship of the Ring”.

5. Did you read the books, or see the movies first? When the movies came out, many of the inner pictures of characters and scenes in the mind of the readers have been replaced by actors and settings from the movie. Did it happen to you as well? Did you try to prevent it?


I’ve read the books a few years before the movies came out. And I agree with what you point out. Some characters from the movie have eclipsed their bookish images I had in my head – especially Aragorn, Gandalf and Saruman – they were perfect, better than I’ve imagined they would be. But a great deal of heroes differed so much from their originals that the comparison between them and their bookish alter egos cannot be made. This applies especially to Boromir, Faramir, Theoden and Arwen. Some of these changes were actually made for the better. Boromir from the book for example acted like a downright toff. In the movies, he’s actually a very likeable person – or at least inspires a great deal of sympathy.

6. Now, could you introduce your parodic series? Oakentoons, Oakencrosovers and Oakenstills - what is the difference between them?


The whole Oakenenterprise is a parody of “The Hobbit”, concentrating mostly Thorin Oakenshield whose legendary #majesty makes him a perfect parody target. Oakentoons are cartoons. Oakenstills are just one image with a catchy punchline. Oakencrossovers are a cross between “The Hobbit” and other installments – films, games, TV series and so on.

7. How about your more serious Memories from Middle-earth? A joke among serious art is comical relief, so are these a sort of "serious relief" to you?


Well spotted. Yes, this gallery is about scenes I find very moving and entirely unmockable.

8. Where do you find inspiration for the humorous strips? Are you not afraid of it running out with regular posting?


Most of the episodes are an outcome of some purely random ideas – mixing quotes, movies and situations. Some of the first episodes were inspired by the blog “The Magnificent Home of Thorin the Majestic” at thorinissomajestic.tumblr.com. There’s also a very creative role-playing society of Tolkien fans on Facebook – fans who, for the last three years, had successfully managed to portray Tolkien’s chief characters in a very authentic, lovable and inspiring manner.

Some Oakentoons were my own private responses for rumors and trends surrounding “The Hobbit” movies. Now that all the movies were released there’s little to speculate left. Sadly, I must say I didn’t enjoy the last movie as much as I did the first two chapters (for reasons I describe here: peckishowl.deviantart.com/jour…). That’s why I haven’t been posting much since the premiere of “The Battle of the Five Armies”. Some scenes in that movie were an unintentional parody of themselves – especially the ones involving Alfrid, Legolas, Tauriel and Kili – and there’s simply no fun in mocking them any further. They made Middle Earth look silly in the primitive and not-funny-at-all meaning of silly, verging on the terms “stupid” and “unnecessary”.

9. Are you even able to read the books or watch the movies without thinking about possible use of the scenes for your strips?

I make my parodies with both love and respect for the books and the movies. I would never create a comic strip with humor I wouldn’t like as a Tolkien fan. And since I didn’t enjoy “The Battle of the Five Armies”, I’m having trouble with thinking up parodies about this particular movie.

10. Is humour and fun an important part of your life?


It’s that or going mad. I work as a medical doctor. You can surely imagine that it’s a profession where you don’t get to laugh all that much.

11. Could you give us a link or thumbnail from your gallery of
- an Oakentoon you are most proud of?

A difficult question. Now that the series has more than 100 episodes, I can’t choose. But the one that sums up the idea behind the Oakentoons in a nutshell is definitely this one:
Oakentoon Special #70: Leader of our Company by PeckishOwl

- an Oakencrosovers you are most proud of?

I like the medically valid explanation of Thorin’s tendency to hug his hobbit, as described by the legendary doctor Gregory House:

Oakencrossover #6: House MD by PeckishOwl

- an Oakenstill you are most proud of?

Oh yes, this one is one of the earliest but it never lost its freshness:
Oakenstill #10: Stay sharp by PeckishOwl

- a strip that was hardest to make or think of?

The anniversary episode #100 was the longest one and included collaboration with two other deviant Artists:
Oakentoon #100 - part 1: On the matter of badly... by PeckishOwl

- a strip that you find most silly?

I can’t give you my vote, but I can give you the vote of my fans. The Oakentoon with the biggest number of favs is:

Oakentoon #10: They're taking the hobbit by PeckishOwl

- any other strip you would like to share with us and why?

Yes. If the readers of this interview were too see but three Oakentoons I’ve created, I’d choose these three:

(the sta.sh made them appear blurry, I promise they aren't when you click on them!)

1. Oakentoon #27: The only one he ever loved by PeckishOwl 2. Oakentoon #56: True Story (for orthodox fans) by PeckishOwl 3. Oakentoon #87: The eagles are coming! by PeckishOwl

Because:
1.    There’s too little hugging going around the world.
2.    If you think PJ made it wrong, think again.
3.    Everyone should know what Gandalf really did on the Carrock and should be able to do exactly the same, if the need arises.

12. What key people in your life, (on or off of dA) have been inspirations to you, or has supported you, as an artist? You can also tell us why, if you want.

There are dozens of fantastic artists out there – Anita Schmidt-Pabst (wolfanita), Jian Guo (breathing2004), knightJJ, Kinko-White, evankart, momofukuu, ramida-r, Niken Anindita (megatruh), SceithAilm, Fabio Leone – just to mention some of my favorites.

I have a special fondness for Anita, who has a type of humour very similar to mine. The biggest support and best inspirations I owe to the admin of www.facebook.com/KingThorinOak… and thorinoakenshield.net. You’ll know why once you visit these pages.

13. Is there some artist(s) at dA you know, who doesn't have as much attention as they would deserve? If yes, could you give us some thumbnails from their gallery?

If you enjoy funny cartoons about “The Hobbit” you should definitely visit :iconttanner2448:. Here’s an appetizing taste of what you’ll find there:

Tax Season in Erebor by ttanner2448

14. Is there something else you would like to tell to the fans of Tolkien and your humour?


“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us”. That’s my favorite Tolkien quote of all time and my own little motto. Stick to it and I’m betting there won’t be that much in your life you’ll be forced to regret.

Thank you for your time and answers!
:)


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Journal History

NaNoWriMo + my fanfiction

The Heart of the Mountain - synopsisA man knelt on the blood-soaked battlefield. He was the last one. The last of the Ar-Venui, the Swords of Death: Nothing to live for, just looking for something to die for. A sword was hanging above his head. The last rays of the dying sun were like a road to the oblivion…
And the sword did not fall.
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I am your only faithful one:
the lover of your pains
And when fate rides a chariot
them I'm holding the reins
Listen!
A song beats in your veins

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Once, long ago, Ar-Tenil had a wife, and a son that had to be born soon. Then the Lowlanders came to conquer the Mountains and discover the place of a great power from an old legend – The Heart of the Mountain. He never heard of that place. The chaos of fight, one moment, one decision. He saved many lives that day – but for them, his wife died. Now he is looking for the sons of the women he saved, to take them as a repayment of their debt, and train them as the new Ar-Venui. But a surprise awaits him - not all of them


My stories from Middle-earthI usually do not post my fanfiction stories here at dA (and won't until they enable to post multi-chaptered stories as one deviation, otherwise it would make a mess in my gallery...) I post them under my fanfiction.net: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1740140/Mirach and Stories of Arda account: http://www.storiesofarda.com/author.asp?AuthID=2706
Now I got the idea to post at least the links to them here, together with the banners and illustrations. My stories feature mostly Aragorn, and several also Eärendil, but there are a few with other characters as well. I will update this journal when I post a new story.

:new: No Regrets and Riddles in the Dark - in "other one-shots" (posted some time ago, but I forgot to update this journal
IN PROGRESS
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Art for Trees & Treasure hunt!

:icontreehuggerplz: Art for Trees - project:iconspringtree-1plz::iconspringtree-2plz::iconspringtree-3plz::iconspringtree-4plz::iconspringtree-4pl5:
"When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. The second best time? Today."
- Chinese proverb
2014: This is the 3rd year of the project. There are many people supporting it, featuring it in their journal and offering art. BUT... There have been NO trees planted for it in the last year (I don't count mine). So, instead of talking about it, how about getting up and actually planting a tree, if you are able to? There is a lot of wonderful art waiting for you as a reward!
Trees are important, valuable and necessary to our very existence. It's not too hard to believe that, without trees we humans would not exist on this beautiful planet. Trees are the largest and longest living organisms on earth. To grow tall the tree has become a miracle of engineering and a complex chemical factory. It is able to take water and
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:new: July/7/2014 - After a year and half, we finally have a next winner! It's Dimensionwalker21, winning 360 points. Congratulations!
Dec/24/2012 - We have a next winner! It's WintersRead, winning 306 points!
Nov/11/2012 - The second winner is nuvak! He generously refused the point reward, so there is still a lot of points in the pool for the next winner!
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...and traveling Noldor!
:icondreams-of-arda: Finrod's Travels - diaryThese little guys are travelling around the world! (Every participant of the project keeps his own figure, and sends the others further after taking them to cool places near their home)


Here is their route:

I decided to keep a travel diary for them, so you all know where they are in the moment :) Those who already had them, PLEASE upload your photos, so I can add them here! It can be in your scraps if you don't want to spam your main gallery, but we would all like to see the awesome locations where the Noldor have been, right, family? Remember that you can still take photos of your figure when you go somewhere interesting, even if you already sent the others further!
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APRIL 2013: Slovakia with :icondreams-of-arda:
 
 
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