A New World of Gods and Monsters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCm2PX5Iz00 With the upcoming release of The Mummy, Universal Studios has been putting forth more information on their shared universe, including this little teaser for their "Dark Universe."  Cheesy name and cheesier music aside, I wanted to really give this some thought before I wrote up my own thoughts on the matter.  And if you've … Continue reading A New World of Gods and Monsters

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 8: “The Houses of Healing”

The battle for Gondor is over. Merry accompanies the procession of the fallen Lord of the Mark into the city, where he is reunited with Pippin.  Pippin sees that Merry is injured, Merry reports that his arm is numb after stabbing the Witch-king.  Pippin determines to get Merry to Houses of Healing, and he does … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 8: “The Houses of Healing”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 6: “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields”

A poisoned dart hits Théoden's horse, causing the mount to rear up, and the king to fall beneath his horse.  Seeing his prey broken and helpless, the Lord of the Nazgûl swoops down upon his own mount.  Théoden's guards flee in terror... save for Dernhelm.  Though dazed, Merry hears Dernhelm speak and recognizes his voice as … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 6: “The Battle of the Pelennor Fields”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 5: “The Ride of the Rohirrim”

It has been four days since the Rohirrim set forth to Gondor.  Merry wonders why he came along when he was given every opportunity to sit it out and not be a hindrance.  He's fairly certain those riding near Dernhelm have discovered him, but they say nothing, not even looking Merry's way when he speaks. … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 5: “The Ride of the Rohirrim”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 2: “The Passing of the Grey Company”

Gandalf and Pippin have ridden to Minas Tirith, and Aragorn reveals to the rest of the company that this is to be his destination as well, though the road ahead he will take is dark and undetermined.  En route to Edoras, the group encounters a group of thirty Rangers of the North, the Dúnedain, among them two … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 5, Chapter 2: “The Passing of the Grey Company”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 3, Chapter 8: “The Road to Isengard”

The Battle of the Hornburg is over. Among the dead is Háma, Théoden's personal guard, his body hewn by Orcs.  He is buried with honors in a shallow grave at the Hornburg.  The Orcs are all dead and buried in a hill, their Huorn assailants gone by morning.  The Dunlendings are given amnesty and allowed to return … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 3, Chapter 8: “The Road to Isengard”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 3, Chapter 6: “The King of the Golden Hall”

As we proceed along in our quest across Middle-Earth, there are days when I'm reminded just how fortunate I am to have stockpiled a personal library.  The well-prepared traveler need not lack for resources in this land.  There are some weeks where I look around and wonder how it is that I thought the journey … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 3, Chapter 6: “The King of the Golden Hall”

The Lord of the Rings – Book 3, Chapter 5: “The White Rider”

Apologies all around for the hiatus last week.  I trust this won't need to happen often.  Let's dive back in and regain our momentum, shall we? Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli are still following what little trail they can find in pursuit of Merry and Pippin.  Following the Hobbit prints all the way up to Treebeard's … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Book 3, Chapter 5: “The White Rider”