Archive for April, 2013

J.W. Reviews The Hobbit Chronicles II Book

Friday, April 26, 2013 13:11
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This month on J.W. Braun’s Bookshelf, J.W. takes a look at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II: Creatures and Characters by Daniel Falconer and Weta Workshop. Meanwhile, he announces a new contest and answers your questions in the mailbag section below.

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Small Accident

Saturday, April 20, 2013 17:38

Someone had a slight accident near my house:



The Big Spring Giveaway

Thursday, April 18, 2013 13:54
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Those of you who have seen my segment on know that I have been giving away prizes for the last couple of years. Now it’s time for a larger contest: The Big Spring Giveaway (or Autumn or Summer if you’re from New Zealand or Hawaii or wherever). I’ll be formally announcing this contest in the next installment of the bookshelf, but you can enter anytime, and here are all the details just for you!

For this giveaway, you can win one of three different prize packages:

A: The Lord of the Rings Collection

Prize 1

This package includes all three Lord of the Rings movies (theatrical editions, region 1) on Blu-ray as well as The Lord of the Rings Sketchbook by Alan Lee.

B: The Hobbit Chronicles Package

Prize 2

This package includes The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey Chronicles: Art & Design as well its sequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Chronicles II – Characters and Creatures – both in their original plastic wrap.

C: The Official Hobbit Movie Guide

Prize 3

The last prize is new edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide.

Here’s all you need to do to enter: get my book, The Lord of the Films, and e-mail a photo of yourself with it to On June 18, three names of all those who enter will be drawn at random. First place will have first choice of whatever prize package he or she wants, second place will have second choice, and third place will get whatever’s left. I’ll announce all the contest winners here and in my bookshelf segment at So good luck!

Contest Winner From March

Previous contest winner Michael of Sydney, Australia

LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Muster of Rohan

Monday, April 15, 2013 19:39
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Not to be confused with the mustard of Rohan.

The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 3: The Muster of Rohan

Chapter synopsis: Théoden and his host ride to Dunharrow, where the army of Rohan is gathering. Éowyn awaits them there and tells them that Aragorn has gone to the Paths of the Dead; little is known of them to the Rohirrim, only a few frightening legends, and they are sure that Aragorn will never be seen again. An errand-rider of Gondor comes, bringing word from Denethor about the peril of Minas Tirith, and asking the Rohirrim (who have been allies of Gondor for centuries) for help in the war. Théoden prepares to set out on the following day, intending now to go openly across the plain, for the great cloud from Mordor has covered the entire sky with darkness. He decides that Merry should remain behind in Edoras, where Éowyn will lead the people until the king’s return. Yet a young rider called Dernhelm secretly offers Merry to bear him on his horse to Gondor, and Merry gladly accepts the offer.

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Quest for the Ring

Friday, April 12, 2013 11:54
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I thought it would be fun to pull out an old DVD and dust it off. This is my recap and reactions to The Quest for the Ring, a special that aired on Fox November 29, 2001 to promote the first Lord of the Rings movie.


“During the next half hour,” the narrator says, “we’ll discover why the opening of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring,’ the first movie in the ‘Lord of The Rings’ trilogy, has fueled unprecedented anticipation.”

And so they try to do by explaining the years and locations that went into production as a lot of unfinished footage is shown.

To begin, a synopsis of the story, an explanation of Middle-earth, and a bit about Tolkien educates the audience.

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LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Passing of the Grey Company

Monday, April 8, 2013 8:34
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Talk about a down chapter.

The Return of the King, Book 5, Chapter 2: The Passing of the Grey Company

Chapter synopsis: Soon after Gandalf’s departure the company of king Théoden is joined by a group of Rangers of the North, Aragorn’s kin, accompanied by Elladan and Elrohir, the sons of Elrond. They ride together to Helm’s Deep, where Aragorn looks into the palantír and wrenches it from the control of Sauron’s mind. He decides to go as quickly as possible to Gondor, taking the dreaded Paths of the Dead, accompanied by Legolas, Gimli, the sons of Elrond and the Dúnedain. It will take Théoden (with whom Merry remains as an esquire) several days to muster the host of Rohan; meanwhile Aragorn and his company ride towards Edoras and Dunharrow in a straight course. There Éowyn wants to join them, but Aragorn does not permit her, saying that only Théoden could release her from her duty. The next morning the company pass through the Paths of the Dead: a kind of tunnel leading to the other side of the mountains south of Rohan. The ‘Dead’ are the shadows of a people of old who broke their oath to Isildur, and Isildur cursed them not to find peace until the oath be fulfilled. Now Aragorn, being Isildur’s heir, summons them to help him in the war, thus fulfilling their oath. The company, followed by a great host of the shadows of the Dead, head eastwards.

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Been Visiting New York

Saturday, April 6, 2013 14:17
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New York

Population of Wisconsin: 5.7 million
Population of the city I’ve been visiting: 8.2 million

I’ve been froclicking in New York the last week. It was fun, but now it’s time to get back to work.

Grey HR Line

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