Chapter 99. Snakes and Ladderless Holes for Snaggin’ Smiggin
I mentally prepared myself for a long fall into a deep chasm, but then the hole suddenly moved to the left, and I landed head-first in a muddy puddle. I didn’t even have my hat on to cushion the fall; but was relieved I’d avoided the hole.
After I’d sat up and wiped the mud from my eyes, I saw the hole had moved under where Smiggin had been. Elle was standing beside the hole, but the holiculturist was nowhere to be seen.
I put my hat back on, and it felt good to be reunited with ol’ corky. We all gathered around the hole. Smiggin was sitting at the bottom of it; looking disconsolate but still clutching some of its green hoard.
Cathy Keeps Quiet about Snaggin’ Smiggin
I asked Cathy how she’d turned the hat into a snake and moved the hole. She said we all have our own special powers, and they wouldn’t be special if everybody knew about them.
Being a shapeshifting, chameleonic one-half of a legendary vegetarian werewolf I just had to agree with her, and left it at that.
Snakes and ladders is a popular board game.
Down in a Hole is an Alice in Chains song.
So I looked up the biography of Elle’s human inspiration, Elle McPherson, on Wikipedia, hoping to find she had a poor background, and rags to riches story, but she is from a wealthy family.
Her parents did split up though, so she has had something of a dysfunctional background, and that can sometimes be worse than coming from a poor background within a happy family.
And that hopefully works as an example of how at the Greenygrey we believe in defending and promoting the working-class with balance, linked to other social groups rather than separate, as green and grey are linked by Y; more Martin Luther King and Barack Obama than Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan.
Gollum Symbolic of Britain’s Chav Underclass Image
Angry (Anderson) is the main working-class hero symbol in the Werewolf of Oz, but he doesn’t appear much in this episode; showing this is all live and unplanned!
But thinking of the working-class image that grew out of Thatcher’s attack on the unions and working-class communities, and New Labour‘s focus on mass immigration multiculturalism; meaning the rich-poor gap has grown and British workers have been labelled lazy for not working more hours for less money; the Gollum/Smeagol character Smiggin is probably a good representative.
It’s not an analogy I like and want, and there’ll be a lot more on that this week, but for now here’s the start of the Lord of the RingsSmiggin Holes storyline:
Chapter 96. Wizard of Oz Metamorphosis into Lord of the Rings
After eating our fill of veggie broth we had a good night’s kip snuggled up in a huddle under a puddle sky. We packed up and cleared away in the morning, before following the dust sandy path in the direction of Smiggin Holes. The path was as much powder snowy as dust sandy now.
Smiggin Holes Strange Happenings
As we entered the forested valley on the approach to Smiggin Holes I thought the scenery was stunning; but I was becoming increasingly worried that I could see a hobbitish shape following us.
After the previous troubles on our Ozyssey,
I wondered what it could be.
Elle was walking beside me, and I asked if she’d seen something. She confirmed my suspicions, saying she’d seen movement parallel to us for some time.
We entered a forest half an hour later, and I feared the shape was closing in on us. Then I felt something snatch at my head, and before I knew it, I was hatless. My emerald cork hat had been pinched from right in front of my eyes; or right above my eyes to be precise.
I was bewildered by the bonce burglary, but Elle must have seen it coming; she was after the viperous varmint before I regained my composure.
The others joined me, and we set off after them, catching up on the third ridge.
Elle was holding the hobbitish creature by the scruff of the neck. Meanwhile, it was holding the emerald cork hat close to its chest, while repeating the sentence, ‘my precious, my precious, it’s mine, it’s mine, it’s Smiggin’s hat, all mine…’
Lord of the Rings featured a hobbit called Sméagol / Gollum, who acted in a similar way to Smiggin, only it was a ring that was its ‘precious’.
Zemanta’s ‘green’ images of snake and various objects inspired the direction in the next two blogs.
Hi, it’s Green. As you know, we lost contact with Grey’s travel around Australia during the upheavals here at the Greenygrey, but there was an exciting development today when we located Grey through its Werewolf of Oz blog.
New Theme for Werewolf of Oz
We picked it up because it has a bright new theme, so it was able to reach our blogoscope, There is good news on the blog, as it seems that Grey and its travel companions had been having trouble with a Lord of the Rings Smeagal-Gollum style nuisance, but they have now snagged Smiggin in one of its own holes.