Just thought I'd share that. Anyway, fast forward to present day.
I will stand up and say that, as much as I can talk about all the faults of the Hobbit films I've got a lot of praise to lay at Peter Jackson's feet as well (especially hearing recently how much pressure the man was under to deliver the films, poor guy). One of the absolute best things was Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown. Although he wasn't technically in the book I really thought his presence added some much-needed humour into those films. Plus I was overjoyed to effectively have a Doctor Who/Lord of the Rings crossover, Sylvester McCoy bridges my two favourite franchises. I also have to mention the rabbit-pulled sleigh, love that.
I gave the Gandalf to my dad for his birthday and I couldn't really not give something similar to my mum so I ventured into the world of charcoal again for her birthday.