I usually conduct this little exercise after every 10 books, but I completely forgot after book 70. So I’m a little late this time around.
It’s been nearly 4 years, 70+ books, and 30,000 pages since I started this project. So let’s take a look back. Here are some of the best and the worst from the first 70 books I’ve read this time around. Read more
Who’s the “hero” of The Lord of the Rings?
Is it Frodo? Aragorn? Gandalf? Even Sam?
You could make an argument for each of those characters, I think. And they all have a lot of traits in common.
Last year, a blog called Writing is Hard Work broke down Tolkien’s 5 tips for writing complex heroes.
Here they are: Read more
Before I start today’s post, I’ve got to give credit to Thought Catalog—who inspired me with a post on this topic a couple of weeks ago.
So I’m totally stealing the idea, without stealing any of their specific points, and hopefully we can have fun with this.
The premise is simple: How do you know if you’re addicted to reading?
Here are the signs: Read more
This is one of my favorite scenes from the three Lord of the Rings movies. This one comes from The Two Towers, and I know it has a little Hollywood screenwriting trickery here.
Though a good portion of Sam’s speech does actually appear in the novel, this particular scene does not. In fact, Sam’s monologue about stories happens in Shelob’s cave–correct me if I’m wrong.
But, still, it’s such a great scene. And a lot of the dialogue is actually in the book.
Such a great, great film. Enjoy this classic scene from The Two Towers. Read more
If you get these jokes, you’re a true English major.
I think my personal favorite is #6: “The bar was walked into by the passive voice.”
Grammar jokes…they get me every time. If you haven’t seen Weird Al Yankovic’s amazing parody, “Word Crimes,” then take a few minute to watch that today too. Read more
Again, another example of fandom at a whole new level. Lord of the Rings fans are incredible.
In the photo to the left, you see what Minas Tirith (the capital of Gondor) looked like in the Lord of the Rings films.
In the photo below you’ll see a replica of Minas Tirith, created entirely with toothpicks.
Toothpicks. Read more
It’s a dream come true for a love of LOTR and Narnia fans—that is, if the movie turns out to be good.
That movie is an upcoming drama called Tolkien & Lewis. The film will cost around $18 million to make and will be a “drama fantasy set in war torn Britain in 1941 revealing the faith, friendship and rivalry between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.”
The film will be directed by Simon West, who also directed The Expendables 2 and Con Air. Um, what? How many explosions will be in this film? Let’s just hope he doesn’t cast Nicolas Cage. Read more