Before the final hour closes on this magical Friday the 13th, all of us at wish a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many blessings for the New Year to everyone’s favorite shield-surfing Elf with the Mona Lisa smile: the one and only Orlando Bloom turned 35 today!

  • From Wikipedia: “Bloom began acting professionally with television roles in episodes of Casualty and Midsomer Murders, and subsequently made his film debut in Wilde (1997), opposite Stephen Fry [Editor’s Note: you will recall Mr. Fry has been cast as the Master of Lake-town in THE HOBBIT], before entering the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied acting. Two days after graduating from Guildhall in 1999, he was cast in his first major role, playing Legolas in The Lord of the Rings.”

Happy Birthday Leggy! Hopefully the spiders back home haven’t run off with your presents — and the lingering looks Tauriel keeps giving you will amount to something. Best to keep Bombur away from the cake.  Cheers to you, Orlando!