It was just revealed that Christopher Lee died Sunday. He was all class.
My newest book is available for Kindle and Nook! It’s all about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. Find out more (and read a sample chapter) at TheOneRing.net.
Here’s the official announcement for the book I’ve been working, along with a sample chapter. The Star Trek book will follow.
You know, I heard about this game when it was in production, but I was never able to find it in stores. Maybe that’s a good thing.
The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 9: The Grey Havens
Chapter synopsis: The turbulent events are followed by a splendid, prosperous and happy year. The whole Shire is busy repairing the harms done by Saruman’s ruffians. Sam remembers Galadriel’s gift and discovers that the box contains a strange dust and a single silver seed. He uses the dust to plant trees all over the Shire where they had been hewn down by the ruffians, and he plants the silver nut in the Party Field in Hobbiton; and out of it grows a beautiful mallorn. Sam marries Rose Cotton; Frodo moves back to Bag End, and Sam and Rose come to live there as well. The next year their first daughter, Elanor, is born. On the anniversaries of the events at Weathertop and Cirith Ungol Frodo’s old wounds hurt him again. In September, as Bilbo’s birthday is approaching, Frodo and Sam set out again (towards Rivendell, as Sam thinks; though he does not intend to go all the way). Yet in the woods they meet a large number of Elves, including Elrond and Galadriel; Bilbo is among them as well. Finally Sam realizes that Frodo intends to go to the Grey Havens, to pass over the Sea with the Elves and Bilbo. In the Havens Círdan the Shipwright and Gandalf await them; Gandalf, too, will board the ship. He has brought Pippin and Merry along as well, such that Sam will not be alone on the way home. Thus the elven-ship leaves Middle-earth; and the three hobbits return to the Shire, whereupon the tale reaches its end.
The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 8: The Scouring of the Shire
Chapter synopsis: The four hobbits come to the Shire, and find that much has changed: the Brandywine Bridge is guarded by several Shirriffs, who deny them the entrance. It seems that Lotho Baggins has taken over in the Shire, calling himself “the Chief” and enforcing a long number of unfair Rules. The Shire is full of ruffians (there’s Bill Ferny at the Bridge), many of them being squint-eyed Isengarders; and there has been much burning and senseless destruction. The travellers break in (against the Rules) and spend a night in the Shirriff-house; next day they start an uprising against the oppressors. First a small group of ruffians attempts to calm down the rebellion, but outnumbered by the hobbits they give themselves up. Pippin brings a large number of Tooks, and together they deal with the next attack of the majority of the ruffians. Then a group of hobbits, led by Frodo and his friends, go to Bag End to find Lotho. Instead they find Saruman, who has been the organiser behind all the trouble; they tell him to leave, and Wormtongue (who seems to have murdered Lotho at Saruman’s command) in wrath and despair stabs his master and is then shot by three hobbit-bowmen. This marks the end of the War of the Ring.
The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 7: Homeward Bound
Chapter synopsis: Gandalf and the hobbits reach Bree. They are warmly accepted by old Butterbur, and talk with him for a long time, telling about their doings and adventures. Barliman mentions that business has been bad, with many strangers and evil creatures lurking about; and he is glad to hear the news that the King has been restored. Bill the pony had also returned to Bree, and is now returned to Sam. The company stays in the inn for two nights, and then leave towards the Shire. Gandalf leaves the hobbits, for he intends to visit Tom Bombadil; and to the hobbits he advises to hurry, hinting that things might be amiss in the Shire.
The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 6: Many Partings
Chapter synopsis: Arwen gives Frodo permission to go to the Grey Havens instead of her, for by marrying Aragorn she chose to be mortal. At last a great company departs from Minas Tirith, bearing the body of King Théoden to Rohan. After the burial Éomer announces the wedding of Faramir and Éowyn. Then they go to Isengard, and there meet with Treebeard. Gimli and Legolas visit the Glittering Caves of Helm’s Deep and the forest of Fangorn, and part from the company, turning towards their homes in the North. A little later Aragorn leaves them as well, going back towards Minas Tirith. The rest of the company travel on and overtake Saruman (who is now wandering around as a beggar, accompanied by Gríma). The folk of Lórien leave the company in Eregion, near the gates of Moria. Now the travellers turn towards Rivendell, and there the hobbits meet Bilbo and spend many days with him. Finally they decide to return home to the Shire, and to their joy Gandalf also decides to go with them, at least as far as Bree.
The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 5: The Steward and the King
Chapter synopsis: At the Houses of Healing, Éowyn and Faramir watch the Men of the West depart to challenge Sauron. Éowyn is unhappy because she must spend her time in idleness, and desires a glorious death (she also desired the love of Aragorn, but received from him nothing but pity and understanding). She meets Faramir (who, despite also being strong and valorous, is patiently waiting to be healed). The Eagles bring news of victory. Faramir and Éowyn spend a lot of time together, and eventually fall in love, and thus Éowyn is healed. The host of the West returns to the City and Aragorn is crowned as the King Elessar. He declares that Faramir will be given Ithilien as a princedom, and he and his heir will remain Stewards. The companions spend many days in Minas Tirith, and it seems that Aragorn is still waiting for some kind of signal. One day he and Gandalf ascend a mountain-path and there, in an old hallow of the kings, find a sapling of the White Tree, which is planted in the court of the king. A few days later, a great company of Elves arrives from the North, including Galadriel, Elrond, and Arwen. Elrond gives to Aragorn the Sceptre of Annúminas, and Aragorn weds Arwen on the day of Midsummer.