My Precious

It really is the little things in life that makes me happy.  Take this, for example.  It arrived today.  This is my reward for having survived the family reunion last weekend. Everyone say it with me now... "Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulûk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatul"

Back in Action

I'm back!  Did you miss me?  Bah, you didn't even really notice I was gone. A few days out in the country turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered.  Having said that, it wasn't without incident.  Something about there needing to be a balance to the universe.  In a nutshell, I had to … Continue reading Back in Action

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix F: I. The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age

Here it is.  We have arrived to the part of Middle-Earth that makes it what it is today: languages. The language represented in this history by English was the Westron or "Common Speech" of the West-lands of Middle-earth in the Third Age.  In the course of that age it had become the native language of nearly … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix F: I. The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: II. Writing

Last week we learned how to pronounce all things Middle-Earth.  But keep in mind, Tolkien was not only a linguist, he was an historian.  That means writing stuff down in all those languages he created.  Calligraphy enthusiasts, this bit's for you! Accordingly, writing systems are put forth in this subsection, being an essential part of … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: II. Writing

The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: I. Pronunciation of Words and Names

If you've ever had the distinct pleasure to really listen to the late great Christopher Lee discuss his passion for Middle-Earth, odds are very good you heard him pronounce things extremely deliberately, and perhaps with a touch of high-handedness.  If you've not heard it, listen in particular to anytime he says the name "Gandalf," be it interviews … Continue reading The Lord of the Rings – Appendix E: I. Pronunciation of Words and Names

What’s New?

I've been going back to the well of favorites recently.  Between the passing of Roger Moore and Adam West, my lowered expectations over Wonder Woman and The Mummy having been met, and the unfortunate writing choices revealed in the new Darth Vader prequel comic from Marvel, I feel like fandom has kicked me in the teeth the last … Continue reading What’s New?