The Queen is a LOTR Nerd!

 

I found out the coolest thing today. Queen Margerethe II is a total LOTR nerd! (In the best possible way and coming from someone who owns The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.)

Well, at least she was at one time. Because Queen Margarethe is an official, Tolkien approved illustrator for The Lord of the Rings! How cool is that?! According to io9.com:

When she was still Crown Princess of Denmark, Margrethe II sent her own illustrations for The Lord of the Rings to Tolkien, and according to one of the queen's biographers, Tolkien was struck by how similar her illustrations were to his own. After ascending the throne, Margrethe II would become an official Tolkien artist, with her illustrations appearing in a 1977 Danish edition of The Lord of the Rings under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer.

Awesome.

Apparently, the Queen is quite the artist. Those illustrations are good. And there's even a show at ARoS right now featuring her own paintings and her husband's sculptures.

Here's a link to more of her images for LOTR.

I wonder if she calls it LOTR in private? Or if she saw “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in high frame rate 3D?

 

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The Weekend’s Adventure: Biking and Art

Since most of our adventures happen on the weekend, it’s looks like I’m going to have reoccuring posts titled “the weekend.” Lets just make that a thing, shall we? From now on, I shall post on Monday about the adventures we had over the weekend.

This past weekend was filled to bursting with fun activities. I finally got out on my bike, and on Saturday Brian and I rode up north to Risskov along a bike and pedestrian path that runs right on the edge of the shore between Risskov forest and the sea. It’s a beautiful ride and quite flat since you’re riding along the shore the whole way.

Taking a water break.

Taking a water break.

A view of the shore on the way back.

A view of the shore on the way back.

A view of the shore on the way back. You can see the harbor.
Hi there!

Hi there!

Hi there!

It seemed like we were the only ones in Aarhus wearing helmets, apart from the people out long distance riding on their road bikes. But none of the people just biking into the city center for the day or running errands seem to wear helmets.

Then yesterday we went to the ARoS art museum.

Well, first we made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and took it to a coffee shop:

At Baresso.

At Baresso.

The view out onto the pedestrian street.

The view out onto the pedestrian street.

Since it can be quite expensive to eat out, even for lunch, we thought this was a good compromise.

Then we went to the art museum. Brian gets free tickets from work, so we’ve waited to go until he could arrange those. The building is one of the most distinctive features of the Aarhus skyline due to the permanent art installation, “Your Rainbow Panorama” by Olafur Eliassons, on top of the building.

The view from the front entrance.

The view from the front entrance.

The rainbow from on top of the museum.

The rainbow from on top of the museum.

It’s a rainbow colored walkway that guests can walk through to experience a panoramic view of the city tinted many different colors. And it’s lots of fun!

Aarhus caught in a rainbow.

Aarhus caught in a rainbow.

A study of Brian in purple.

A study of Brian in purple.

A study of Brian in Orange.

A study of Brian in Orange.

A study of Allison in pink.

A study of Allison in pink.

A study of Allison in yellow.

A study of Allison in yellow.

The actual museum is also really interesting. They currently have an exhibit called “Guld” which takes you through paintings from Denmark’s Golden Age in the 19th century. The exhibit pairs paintings with explanatory text that really helped us to understand more about Denmark and that turbulent period in the country’s history.

They also had an exhibit called “The Director’s Cut” where the art director chose to display specific unrelated artworks together because of the tone or feeling that they created when placed together. It’s a rather creative approach to museum exhibits, and I totally loved it. It meant so much more to me as the viewer (the audience?) than just wondering through pieces chronologically that don’t have anything to do with one another. I feel like all modern exhibits should be done this way!

Here is some of the fun and interesting art we saw:

Allison Viewing

These are some paintings from the Guld exhibit.

These are some paintings from the Guld exhibit.

Brian +Art CollageThat giant boy is a famous sculpture – titled, wait for it, “Boy” and created by Ron Muecks – and is a permanent feature at ARoS. It’s really realistic and actually quite creepy in person. There was also an interactive exhibit (bottom right) with these balls on a track. When a person entered the room, one ball was released onto the track. You were supposed to follow your ball around the room as it spun through the corse. And then the person on the bottom left is a living statue. She stayed in that exact position for the 3 hours that we were at the museum! I have no idea how people do that.

So those were our adventures this past weekend. Well, we had a few others, but those will be included in posts to come. I’ve got to keep you wanting more!