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Shire Rumours of the Hobbit

Posted in Film Reviews, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2010 by Drogo

Martin Freeman is Bilbo Baggins in Jackson’s new HOBBIT Film.

Casting is taking place now, and filming is projected to start in 2011.

Martin Freeman is to play Bilbo Baggins, the reluctant but adventurous Hobbit. Freeman was brilliant as a similar character in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Richard Armitage (Captain America: The First Avenger) = Thorin Oakenshield

Aidan Turner (Being Human) = Kili

Rob Kazinsky (EastEnders) =  Fili

John Callen (Power Rangers Jungle Fury) = Oin

Peter Hambleton (The Strip) = Gloin

Graham McTavish (Secretariat) = Dwalin

Mark Hadlow (King Kong) = Dori

Stephen Hunter (All Saints) = Bombur

Sylvester McCoy = Ratagast

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Ian McKellan and Andy Serkis are expected to reprise Gandalf and Gollum.

Frodo (and the actor that played him) may return also to show context for the authors of the “Red Book of Westmarch”. Arwen (Tyler) may return in her role at Rivendell. Stephen Fry, Saoirse Ronan and Bill Nighy (as the voice of the dragon Smaug) are possible participants, and Aiden Turner was in contention for the Elf King before he got the role of Fili.

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Drogo’s Favorite Books

Posted in Book Reports, Fictional Stories, Philosophy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2010 by Drogo

Popular Classics: Travel Fantasy & SciFi-Horror Genres

Plato:  Atlantis, The Republic

Sir Thomas More:  Utopia

Swift:  Gulliver’s Travels

Jules Verne:  Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

HG Wells:  Time Machine, War of the Worlds,

George Orwell:  1984, Animal Farm

Aldous Huxley:  Brave New World, Doors of Perception, & Island

Check out a book in which Huxley compares his own book, Brave New World with Orwell’s 1984; and argues why control through reward is more sustainable than control through fear. Brave New World Revisited is 1984 vs. Brave New World. Also Ape and Essence is a planet of apes  (written ironically in 1948).

Ray Bradbury:  Fahrenheit 451,

Philip K. Dick:  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner), Rollerball, Man In High Castle

Stephen King:  Dark House, Running Man

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NON-FICTION: Political, Philosophical, Historical, & Biographical

Assault On Reason  – Al Gore 2007

The Revolution: A Manifesto
Dr. Ron Paul

Give Me Liberty – Naomi Wolf 2008

Harper’s Ferry: Strange Stories & Legends
Joseph Barry

8 Pillars of Greek Wisdom – by Stephen Bertman

Blackberry Cove Herbal – by Linda Rago

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FICTION: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Horror

Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
JRR Tolkien

Suicide Surprise
Noel Tavano

Doubtful Guest, Dwindling Party, Gashlycrumb Tinies, Haunted Tea-Cosy
Edward Gorey

JRR Tolkien and War

Posted in Book Reports, Medieval Tavern, Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, SCOD Fallout Projects, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by eposognatus

While war and glory often go hand-in-hand in fantasy, the reality is – as Tolkien knew far too well himself – vastly different. We have the great fortune to be able to pursue our recreation in peace and without fear of true harm, but let us not forget that the weapons we may carry and their manner of use were devised not for fun, but for brutal and efficient killing. Few who walk upon the field of glory find it, and many do not walk back off at all.

“Wars are always lost, and War always goes on…” -J.R.R. Tolkien

“[Sam] was glad that he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man’s name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil at heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace.” -Ibid

Ring Bearer

Posted in Poems, Rhymes, Riddles with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by Drogo

The Hobbit in his secret hole,

Unwillingly lets

The Fortune of the Ring unfold.

 

Then Begins

The story of adventure told.

 

~ Eyes searching the horizon

Clinching teeth, nibbling old rations,

Temporarily frozen passions

Flowing beneath leaden brows

Incredible sacrifice he knows. ~

 

Around his neck

The Destiny of Middle Earth he holds.

 

~ But thanks to the unsung henchman

(the friend to the end), and a certain guide;

Immortal peril and deep, dark evil on an epic scale

He Bolds. ~