When it comes to the visual interpretations Middle-Earth, there are three artists whom I rank as personal favorites. First, there is Tolkien himself, whose illustrations accompanied the original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. And then there is Alan Lee and John Howe, whose magnificent illustrations informed Peter Jackson's cinematic versions … Continue reading A Middle-Earth Traveller: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor by John Howe
Be still, my geeky heart. I'm seriously behind the curve on this one (as usual), but I have discovered some of the most awesome people making the most awesome toys. I'll share three here, but you can find more at Man at Arms: Reforged over at YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEktwaAsv_Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0_qu4e5Gs4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBzbfjetb74
I wrote a post recently about how I gained a noble Scottish title as a final step on the path to knighthood some years ago. One of my readers -- Puddle Jumper Reads -- commented about wondering what that crest on my page was all about. It requires a full blog post to explain it … Continue reading “Knight of Angels”… What Does That Even Mean?
Sometimes you find something so cool, you just have to share. You know those fake hollow books you can use as a hidden safe? I assume everyone's seen something like this, if not in person than certainly in a movie? Anyway, I found one by accident at Half Price Books yesterday in the section where … Continue reading LOTR Hollow Book
This is one of those blog entries about random things going on in my world. I have been under an avalanche of new stuff lately. It's been nice digging myself out again, I have to be honest, but the overwhelm has been something to behold. One part holiday gift cards and birthday money, one part … Continue reading Entertainment Overload
Although this site was new-ish last year, I still did a year in review post. Having survived another year, I thought it only appropriate to do it again. Only this time, you'll forgive me if I don't bother hunting down all the links. This site has a search function, and everything's tagged, so if you … Continue reading 2017: In Review
According to the forward by Peter Jackson, the journey from page to screen began in 1997 with a simple idea: film The Hobbit as a single film, then if it was successful, tackle The Lord of the Rings. What unfolded from there is nothing less than an odyssey into the impossible as the beloved "unfilmable" … Continue reading Middle-Earth from Script to Screen: Building the World of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by Daniel Falconer
As difficult as this is to believe, we're going on nearly 20 years since The Lord of the Rings -- often called a completely unfilmable novel -- made the jump to the big screen in live action form. (We don't talk much around here about that animated atrocity.) According to Variety, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings to Get TV Adapation
Greetings from Middle-Earth! This announcement is for those of you who are following along (or want to) on the Silmarillion Blues project, aka the Tolkien quest. This week's chapter post from The Silmarillion is "Of Beleriand and Its Realms," otherwise known as "describing the parts of the map we've not yet seen." Exciting stuff. Riveting. *rolls eyes* By the Force, … Continue reading Silmarillion Blues – Announcements and Considerations
Today in Middle-Earth marks the birthdays of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. It also happens that yesterday was the 80th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit. If that's not cause to celebrate a Hobbit life, I don't know what is. Light up some Old Tobey, grab a pint (they come in pints!), and eat … Continue reading Happy Hobbit Day!