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  • How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

    07/01/2016 5:10:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 30, 2016 | Joseph Laconte
    IN the summer of 1916, a young Oxford academic embarked for France as a second lieutenant in the British Expeditionary Force. The Great War, as World War I was known, was only half-done, but already its industrial carnage had no parallel in European history. “Junior officers were being killed off, a dozen a minute,” recalled J. R. R. Tolkien. “Parting from my wife,” he wrote, doubting that he would survive the trenches, “was like a death.”
  • Donald Trump Isn't Rudy Giuliani, He's Howard Dean

    01/04/2016 6:57:51 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 35 replies
    Red State ^ | 1/4/2016 | Leon Wolf
    How Will Trump Handle Losing Iowa? If you scratch any Republican pundit on the face of the earth, a comparison between Trump's 2016 campaign and Rudy Giuliani's 2008 campaign will fall out. If the point is to illustrate that being the frontrunner at this stage of the race won't necessarily translate to victory, then these pundits are on solid ground. If the point is to draw a meaningful parallel between the current Trump boom and the forces that drove Giuliani to the top, and then back down to the bottom, of the 2008 pile, then they are dead wrong. By...
  • How Did Lewis and Tolkien Defend the Old West?

    12/31/2015 9:21:01 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | July 1, 2015 | Bradley J. Birzer
    Not all modern evils appear as obvious as those of Stalin and Hitler, or as blatant as that of the mechanized and inhumane fighting of the first world war. Tyranny and modernity arrive in many packages, some of them brightly colored. Understanding this, Tolkien despised the impersonal democratic capitalism of the twentieth century and especially its handmaiden, the softly oppressive democratic bureaucracies of the western world, almost as much as he hated fascism and communism. All forms of twentieth-century government-whether blatantly socialist such as fascism or communism, or just mildly socialist, such as bureaucratic democracies-involved planning, that is, putting men...
  • Do You Trust The liberal CNN/ORC polling outfit? How about Rasmussen, ABC News/WaPo or NBC News/WSJ?

    08/22/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 77 replies
    8/22/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I was wondering why a polling outfit (CNN/ORC) is now all of a sudden trusted by conservatives? If not, then say so. If it is all of a sudden now trusted by conservatives...I thought that CNN is a liberal outfit and not to be trusted? Limbaugh seems to be going after CNN for their Morten Downey Jr. documentary on TV as somehow being used to juxtapose against Trump, and for their interviews of Trump supporters, and wondering if they are going to hand-pick the worst of the worst in those interviews to somehow paint all Trump supporters in a negative...
  • A Third Party Run, Don? Treated Unfairlly??

    08/09/2015 8:02:46 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 109 replies
    Self | AUgust 9, 2015 | MeshugeMikey
    one word! DON'T
  • J.K. Rowling Reveals Awesome Reason For Challenging Westboro Church's Hate Speech

    05/27/2015 4:26:40 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 05/27/2015 | Nick Visser
    Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage through a popular vote last week, prompting emotional celebrations, outpourings of support and, yes, a little bit of hate. The Westboro Baptist Church already stumbled over an attempted diss of the Irish referendum, mistakenly chastising the Ivory Coast instead. But when they tried to take on J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author had nothing but ire for the hate-mongers ..."I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."...
  • “A Reader at Home in Middle-Earth” [FReeper poem in the NYT]

    02/01/2015 2:24:26 PM PST · by Silly · 22 replies
    The New York Times (Metropolitan Diary) ^ | January 21, 2015 | Paul Klenk
    Dear Diary: Some people look like their dogs; some like their spouses. You see they belong together, and you smile. This subway rider looked like, and belonged to, his thick book. Ginger hair, pulled back in a tail away from his ruddy baby face, matching his scruffy beard. Youthful and burly, rustic and earthy, dressed for the outdoors in a jacket and a pale red flannel shirt. Not yet spoiled by city life, innocent, unadventured, but poised to begin, clutching his treasured story in readiness. What was that book to him? Fiction? History? Autobiography? No clue from his silent eyes,...
  • The Cubitat Shrinks an Entire House Into One Compact Cube

    01/27/2015 10:30:56 AM PST · by gorush · 58 replies
    Slate’s design blog. ^ | Jan. 27 2015 12:18 PM | Kristin Hohenadel
    Those on a quest to rethink small-space living build tiny houses, install pop-up rentals on vacant lots, and design portable 10-square-foot microkitchens tucked inside armoires. Presented over the weekend at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, Cubitat is a 10-by-10-by-10-foot cube that houses a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry, and storage.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer

    11/06/2014 6:10:03 PM PST · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Main Trailer
  • Lord of the Rings voted 'best movie soundtrack'

    09/13/2014 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    BBC ^ | 08.26.14
    The soundtrack to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has been deemed the best of all time, beating John Williams' 1977 Star Wars score into second place.Composer Howard Shore's accompaniment won the Classic FM listeners' accolade for the fifth consecutive year.Hans Zimmer's music to Gladiator, Schindler's List by John Williams and John Barry's soaring Out of Africa score made the top five.
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Release Date, Cast, Trailer and News

    09/07/2014 11:19:15 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Release Date, Cast, Trailer and News: Things We Know So Far In December, Warner Bros. will release "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies", the final installment in "The Hobbit" series. Peter Jackson returns to the helm in what promises to be an action-packed film. The new film continues Bilbo's journey in Middle Earth with Thorin's company and their attempt to recover the Dwarves home. The following is a list of things we know about the film:
  • 34 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About "The Lord Of The Rings" Trilogy

    08/31/2014 6:48:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies
    1. Nicolas Cage passed up the role of Aragorn because of “family obligations.” 2. Daniel Day-Lewis also turned down the role multiple times. 3. The same fight choreographer and fencer who worked on Lord of the Rings also worked on The Parent Trap and Star Wars. 4. And he said that Viggo Mortensen was “the best swordsman [he] ever trained.”
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone'

    07/01/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone' For 'What's Going To Happen' In 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Letteri went on to speak about how the ending of this movie would lead into and help fans better understand the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "Yeah because it is the climax, and you really just need to know that there is another battle for Middle-earth," he said." The whole extension of The Hobbit's story has really been to get us to the point where we understand when we leave it what's going to happen when...
  • Is 'Lord of the Rings' better than 'Game of Thrones'

    06/21/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 65 replies
    Peter Jackson's Middle Earth franchises 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' had for a long time been the cream of the crop for fantasy entertainment, but now there's a new contender for the throne in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' 'Lord of the Rings' is regarded by many as one of the best film trilogies of all time, fantasy genre or otherwise, it's third film smashed Academy award records and to this date holds the record for highest number of Oscar wins, winning in every category it was nominated. 'Game of Thrones' doesn't quite have the same awards success, although...
  • Shadowfax has died

    04/10/2014 9:56:44 AM PDT · by Radagast the Fool · 16 replies
    Shadowfax has died http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2014/04/06/88420-in-memory-of-shadowfax/
  • ‘Lord of the Rings’ inspired by the Burren, County Clare's, rugged landscape

    03/24/2014 3:30:23 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    March 25 is officially Tolkien Reading Day. Yes you heard us! In 2002 a New York journalist inquired with the Tolkien Society if there was such a thing and low and behold they set it up. So why March 25? Well it's Tolkien’s birthday Jan 3 and Bilbo & Frodo’s birthday on Sept 22nd but March 25 is the perfect day as it's the date of the downfall of Sauron! To honor the Tolkien Reading Day we thought it apt to look at the fact that his world of Middle Earth is based on the Burren, in County Clare.
  • Why It's Time For The Peter Jackson Era Of 'The Lord Of The Rings' To End

    02/22/2014 7:44:18 AM PST · by Perdogg · 59 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1.30.14
    Peter Jackson has made some remarkable movies. There’s no denying that his sprawling Lord of the Rings trilogy was the very definition of epic—filled with massive battles, touching moments, and beautiful cinematography, not to mention a lovely score.
  • JRR Tolkien advised by WH Auden to drop romance

    02/16/2014 6:26:21 PM PST · by Perdogg · 73 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 02.11.14
    WH Auden attempted to persuade JRR Tolkien to drop the romance between Aragorn and Arwen from the storyline of The Lord of the Rings, describing it as "unnecessary and perfunctory", an unpublished letter by the author has revealed. The 1955 letter sees Tolkien writing to his publisher about the difficulties of completing The Return of the King, the third and final part of his magnum opus, in which Aragorn and his men face a final battle with Sauron's troops, as the hobbits Frodo and Sam continue on their journey to destroy the One Ring. At the end, Aragorn is crowned...
  • Happy 40th Birthday, Dungeons & Dragons

    01/09/2014 12:39:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Jan. 6 2014 | Mollie McWilliams
    Its creation paved the way for the gaming world of today -- adding social elements and changing the definition of what constitutes a game. It led the way for World of Warcraft, Fable, Final Fantasy, and many more -- and it's turning 40 years old. Happy birthday, Dungeons & Dragons. We're not part of the 20 million people who've put a player character into the game and rolled the polyhedral dice to see how the events of D&D unfold. We've never purchased any of the $1-billion worth of game merchandise sold over the last four decades, but we do know...
  • Arrow-wielding elves and fiery Smaug amp up action in 'The Hobbit'

    12/12/2013 5:53:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    money.msn.com ^ | December 12, 2013 6:03 PM ET.
    In the male-dominated realm of Middle Earth, only a few female characters are given a chance to shine - notably Liv Tyler's elf maiden Arwen and Cate Blanchett's elf queen Galadriel in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. When adapting Tolkein's prequel "The Hobbit" into three films, Jackson worked with producers to create a new character not featured in the original book. Unlike Tyler and Blanchett's characters, the elf warrior Tauriel, played by Evangeline Lilly, is not high-born - she is a working class 'Silvan' elf, who guards the Elven kingdom.