Archive for December, 2011

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: The Old Forest

Thursday, December 29, 2011 20:04
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This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:

The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 6: The Old Forest

Chapter synopsis:

The hobbits enter the Old Forest and soon begin to feel its queerness. They unknowingly work their way towards the Withywindle River, the central and strangest part of the forest. They want to avoid it and leave the path, but find that the terrain is always the most difficult in the direction they would like to go to. Eventually they find a path running along the river which brings them to an old willow-tree where they suddenly begin to feel sleepy. Frodo, Merry and Pippin fall asleep, and the tree throws Frodo into the water and ‘captures’ Merry and Pippin under its roots. Sam and Frodo cannot rescue them, and run down the path, crying for help. They meet Tom Bombadil, a strange man singing nonsensical songs. Tom sings the right tune, and the willow-tree lets Merry and Pippin go; then Tom invites the hobbits to his house, where he lives with Goldberry the River-daughter.

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Hobbit Production Video Part 5

Thursday, December 29, 2011 0:06
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Here’s the latest Hobbit Production Video!

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: A Conspiracy Unmasked

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 22:48
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This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:

The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 5: A Conspiracy Unmasked

Chapter synopsis:

As the hobbits cross the River, they notice a black figure standing on the bank they had come from. They go to Frodo’s new house at Crickhollow, and talk about their adventures on the journey. Frodo intends to finally tell his friends that he is going to leave as soon as possible, when they, to his complete amazement, tell him that they already know about the Ring, and the purpose of his journey, and that they intend to accompany him and help him. After the initial shock, Frodo gladly accepts their help, and they decide that they would depart early the following day through the Old Forest, a place known as queer and dangerous, in order to avoid the roads which are likely to be watched by the Riders.

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The Hobbit Trailer

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 23:29

Well, here it is: the teaser trailer for The Hobbit.

10th Anniversary

Monday, December 19, 2011 10:44
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Ten years ago today The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theaters. To me, it feels like… ten years ago. Honestly, I can’t say it seems like twenty or like five. Ten sounds about right. I was working the night shift then, and I saw it at 4pm. I remember the theater wasn’t quite full, and there wasn’t a lot of talk about The Lord of the Rings at that time, because it hadn’t become a phenomenon yet. There was a line party with eight people or so who were hardcore fans.

In a way, it was a focal point of my life, because I had been waiting so long for these movies – since before they were announced, when I would dream of live action Lord of the Rings films captivating the world, and I knew I would also remember seeing them the first time for the rest of my life. So it was interesting to be at that specific point in time. When the movie started, and Bilbo and Gandalf had that great scene together, I remember looking around the theater, watching the audience to see its reaction. It was a magical time. By the end of the film, I was very satisfied – although I knew it was going to be a long year having to wait for The Two Towers. I would have liked to have remained in my seat and had the journey continue! Nonetheless, is was definitely a great day I’ll never forget.

Perfection on the Wii

Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:36

What can I say? I had the golden arm, if only for a brief time:

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Hobbit Trailer Coming

Friday, December 16, 2011 16:58

The teaser trailer for The Hobbit is coming to a theater near you! Here’s a description:

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LOTR Chapter by Chapter: A Short Cut To Mushrooms

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 10:40
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This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:

The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 4: A Short Cut To Mushrooms

Chapter synopsis:

Frodo decides to take a short cut to the Brandywine river, where Merry was supposed to meet them that day; this was done partially to arrive there sooner, and partially to avoid being seen by the Black Riders again. Indeed they notice one on the road just after they leave it. After a long and unpleasant passage through the woods they reach the estate of Farmer Maggot, who is known for setting his dogs on any trespassers who come to pick his mushrooms (as Frodo himself had experienced in his youth). Yet he is quite friendly, especially as he knows Pippin quite well; he tells them that a strange and frightening black rider was asking him questions about a Baggins earlier that day. To help Frodo reach the Brandywine Ferry more safely and quickly, Maggot drives the three hobbits there with his wagon, and they find Merry there, anxiously awaiting them.

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Latest Book Review

Thursday, December 1, 2011 18:01

I apologize again for the lack of posts lately. I’ve been quite busy! Here’s my latest book review for TheOneRing.net:


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