Opinion

Does anyone really want to collect pieces of Tolkien’s house?

11.10.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | 4 Comments

Now they’re ripping up the house and selling off the pieces. Of the house. Like they’re relics, and the proximity of this random piece of wood or rock has somehow been magically imbued with a Tolkienian essence. What’s next, finger bones?

Tags: , , , ,

Web Links

Worst. Tolkien. Reference. EVAR.

11.09.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Seriously. It’s the dumbest Tolkien reference ever made.

Tags: , , ,

Web Links

How LOTR saved the international indie film biz

11.07.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

The Lord of the Rings had a positive impact on independent and foreign-language film markets around the world. Shortly after a major slump hit those markets in 2001, the first part of the trilogy pumped money into the overseas distribution companies that had helped finance LOTR. They in turn put that money into buying more films, helping bring the slump to an end.

Tags: , ,

Web Links

LOTRO: Building Khazad-dûm

11.05.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

I was fascinated by this “Developer’s Diary” about the creation of the Mines of Moria. The author describes the design decisions that went into creating the virtual Dwarrowdelf, and the new software necessary to create cavernous interior spaces.

Tags: , , , ,

Web Links

McKellen is gracious in face of anti-gay bigotry

11.03.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

On his web site, aclaimed British actor and prominent gay rights activist Ian McKellen, who of course portrays the cinematic Gandalf, answers email questions from fans. But one correspondent goes after McKellen for comments quoted on a right-wing Christian web site.

Tags: , , , , ,

Web Links

Sauron’s Blog #41: Melkor is back!

11.03.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Sauron’s Blog has been updated. Read the new post, or start from the beginning. Sauron says he is NOT an evil lighthouse.

Tags: , ,

Features

Tolkien’s characters — how would they vote?

11.03.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

As for whom Gandalf would advise you to vote, he would be torn between McCain’s strong military stance against Mordor, and Obama’s pledge to reverse the worst excesses of Denethor’s disastrous reign. Chances are he’d back Ron Paul, as Gandalf would be quite keen to see a hobbit in the White House.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Videos

The Hobbit + Nimoy = Despair

10.23.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Okay, so this isn’t new to 90% of the Tolkien fan community. But if there is some n00b out there, a young person who just discovered Tolkien, who hasn’t seen this — well, then I want to be the one to introduce it. Won’t somebody think of the children?

Tags: , , , ,

Web Links

You can have Periannath.com when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers

10.17.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Tolkien Enterprises, the folks who own the worldwide exclusive film, stage and merchandising rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which The Professor sold off in 1968 for the bargain bin price of £10,000, are cracking down on cybersquatters holding onto domain names featurng the word “hobbit.”

Tags: , , , , , ,

Web Links

At least he gets it — so far…

10.15.08 | Kunochan | Permalink | Speak, friend & comment!

Bilbo is a good-hearted man, and the honesty of Bilbo is in direct contrast to the greed of Smaug, which looms large in the entire narrative, but also in the newly acquired greed and pride of Thorin, who becomes intoxicated with power and gold.

Tags: , , , ,
« Previous Entries
» Next Entries