Blackwolf the Dragonmaster's Diary of Magecraft

Being a Chronicle of the Inner Secrets of, and Spells of Magick as Wielded by, the Philosopher of the Internet and Unofficial Sorcerer-in-Residence of the City of New York

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As New York's Unofficial Wizard, my mission is to encourage the Mortals of Manhattan to imagine responsibly!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Why Narnia Has the Coolest Dwarves

If you're planning to check out Disney/Walden's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian when it opens this Friday, your Dragonmaster wants you to remember this: In Narnia, Dwarves are cool.

Those of you who saw The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe may remember how much you marveled at the first time you saw Kiran Shah as Ginnarbrik, the White Witch's sleighdriver and sidekick. So what if Ginnarbrik was with the Bad Guys? One thing was for sure, this Dwarf had a beard that was not only long, but was capable of kicking your ass if need be! That's how three years ago the first Narnia movie wound up with the Oscar for Best Makeup.

Well now, this time, it's Peter Dinklage's turn, and here, the Dwarf to check out is named Trumpkin. He joins Team Pevensie on their Quest to aid Prince Caspian in his bid to keep Narnia in the nice business. And what's more, they've given action-figure status to Trumpkin, too, so I can suspect that the youngsters will want to take Trumpkin home with them come Christmas time. But of course you want me to answer the question: "Why does Narnia have the coolest Dwarves?" Put simply, dear children, there are certain kingdoms where being a Dwarf --- Little Person, for the benefit of our more sensitive browsers in our surfing audience --- just has that certain coolness about it. Tolkien's Middle-earth had it; so too does Narnia. Coolness, like so much else in this mysterious thing called popular culture, is in the eye of the beholder; hence, the continuing power of YouTube.

I know whereof I speak, having made seven YouTube posts to date; I wish someone would have the decency to post footage yours truly there again. But what the hell, fame tends to be fleeting. And if I sound a bit lackadasical about it all, there's only one reason:

I'm Blackwolf the Dragonmaster, dammit! And I don't hang out too much at parties unless I'm asked; nor do I boogie unless someone asks me to! This being New York, I can ramble on pretty needlessly when I bloomin' well want to, eh what?