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Stuff From Books: Edgar Allan Poppet Takes A Trip 
19th-Jan-2013 07:00 am
an image of a small, grey poppet standing on an elevated portion of a dock in front of two black swans, with a lake in the background

This is Edgar Allan Poppet. Almost two years ago, he visited Rotorua, home of black swans and therapeutic waters.

an image of a sunset across a lake in shades of pink and purple, with a low-hanging branch silhouetted in the top left hand corner

They also have great sunsets, as evidenced by this totally unedited picture.

Edgar Allan Poppet went to Rotorua with some friends who wanted to Do All The Touristy Things. One of these Things involved a van ride with a friendly orc, who took Edgar Allan Poppet and his friends to a place you might recognize.

A photo of the Shire, looking up towards the hill upon which Bilbo"s house sits

The friendly orc also gave Edgar Allan Poppet and his friends a stern (but cheerful) (but stern) lecture about keeping their many, many pictures to themselves so this place could be a surprise for everyone. (Well, everyone who didn't pay a friendly orc to drive them forty-five minutes out of Rotorua.) This is why Edgar Allan Poppet waited almost two years to show you his photos. He hopes it's okay for him to do so now, since the movie has been out for a while and millions of people have gone to see it. Also, much nicer pictures have appeared on all the major news sites.

A group of tourists walking up a very green hill studded with round-doored houses

So pretty! It was ever so slightly rainy when Edgar Allan Poppet went, which made it magical but a tad difficult to photograph.

Edgar Allen Poppet outside a house with a round, yellow door, built into a grassy hill. He rests on a black hand. There are strings stretched in front of the yard to keep people from venturing too close to the door

There were no obliging fenceposts near any of the houses, so Edgar Allen Poppet got his friend Michelle to hold him while I snapped this picture.

The front yard of a house with a round, green door built into the side of a hill

Michelle got me to take a picture of her outside this door, since she's always wanted to visit it. (She asked Edgar Allan Poppet first, but he had some trouble with the camera on account of his arms are molded against his body.) Michelle is not fond of sharing her visage with the world, so Edgar Allan Poppet urged me to show you the Michelle-free photo.

Image of a small, thatch-roofed wooden pub viewed from across a pond

This pub was closed to the public back then, but you can go there, if you want. You lucky duck.

Image of four large, foil-lined baskets filled with chicken, lamb, potato, and kumara. The potatoes and kumara also have large, foil-wrapped items on top of them. Nine pairs of feet are visible in the background.

Back in Rotorua, Edgar Allan Poppet's friends dumped him at the hostel. They ate a delicious hāngi dinner and watched some talented dancers, including a guy who'd spent 55 hours getting traditional tattoos on his upper legs and buttocks.

They took few pictures, since they were too busy enjoying themselves.

A photo of a small, brownish green fern leaf curled in upon itself in a spiral. The picture was taken at night and so is quite dark aside from the bright splash of green in the middle

It was a good day1.

Back In the Day:

  1. Well, other than the point in the evening when the MC asked Michelle if she could sing a Zulu song. Michelle is Canadian, as he ought to have known from the start of the festivities, when everyone shared their nationalities. She and I sang "Oh," Canada" instead.

    The rest of it was great, though. Pretty, green spaces! Friendly orcs! A van Seth Green had also ridden in! (I didn't think I was the kind of person who'd get excited about riding in a van that had previously held someone who'd been on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. I was wrong.) Delicious food! Talented people! Yay!
Mythology & Folklore
19th-Jan-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness! I am so jealous of Edgar Allan Poppet!
19th-Jan-2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd taken him to Queenstown, too, so I could've photographed him in some other relevant places.
19th-Jan-2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
I like Edgar Allan Poppet! I sort of want my own Edgar Allan Poppet. Or some equally punnily named sort of literary creature.
20th-Jan-2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
Punnily named literary creatures are the best, the absolute best. As far as I can recall, Edgar Allan Poppet was originally sold as Poe's Poppet, which I think was a terrible waste of a naming opportunity.
20th-Jan-2013 04:17 pm (UTC) - Edgar Allan Poppet?
I am confused. What IS Edgar Allan Poppet?
20th-Jan-2013 09:30 pm (UTC) - Re: Edgar Allan Poppet?
Poppets are tiny statues created by artist Lisa Snellings. She's produced a huge range of them over the years, and I've adopted: a basic red Poppet, Edgar Allan Poppet (who was originally sold as Poe's Poppet), Professor Brown (whose name I might have wrong), and a steampunky night sky Poppet. Poppets are wonderful.
21st-Jan-2013 02:56 am (UTC)
Yay, we finally get to see the pictures! Edgar Allan Poppet is the luckiest. :)
21st-Jan-2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
I've got tons more, too, but I didn't want to spam everyone with them. :)
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