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  • X-rated Tolkien: it's not for the kiddies

    09/24/2006 4:02:42 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 58 replies · 2,189+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | September 24, 2006 | Maurice Chittenden
    A DARKNESS is once again descending on JRR Tolkien’s fabled land of Middle-earth. An unfinished work completed by the writer’s son is such a departure from the world of hobbits that it may merit an X-certificate.The manuscript for The Children of Hurin, to be published next spring, contains incest, suicide and a multitude of violent deaths. Any film version is likely to have restricted audiences because of the subject matter. Christopher Tolkien has spent the past 30 years working on the epic tale that his father began in 1918 while on leave from the army. JRR, who was recovering from...
  • MGM to Unveil New Tentpoles (Movie company set to release Tolkien's The Hobbit!)

    09/10/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 85 replies · 1,861+ views ^ | September 10, 2006 | Staff
    In a Variety article talking about MGM's move back into the tentpole business, the trade mentions a few highly-anticipated projects that are in the works: Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as "Terminator 4"; one or two installments of "The Hobbit," which Sloan hopes will be directed by Peter Jackson; and a sequel to "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Pierce Brosnan. It has already announced a "Pink Panther" sequel and the next 007 pic "Bond...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 16-22, 2006: Godafoss (Iceland), LOTR, and volcano news

    07/20/2006 8:53:44 AM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies · 1,168+ views
    Last in a series of Iceland waterfalls; Godafoss. There are a lot of pictures on the Web of this one, and this might not be the best; try searching if you like this one. The center keel is actually split, but the center cascade is obscured by spray in the image above. This one shows it clearly: The reason I chose the top one is that it reminded me of some depictions of the Falls of Rauros, in Tolkien's Middle Earth, like this one (which is the depiction from the movie):
  • Harry Potter and the War On Terror

    05/10/2006 10:20:34 AM PDT · by Tolik · 59 replies · 3,908+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | May 9th, 2006 | Bookworm
    Not too long ago, there was a lot of giggling on the right side of the blogosphere when it learned about a book called Why Mommy is a Democrat, which its publisher proudly boasts is “A Different Kind of Children’s Book.”  The book’s point is that, just as a child views Mommy in a saintly light, he should project that view onto Democrats because they share Mommy’s values.  For example, just as Mommies do, Democrats make sure people share.  And so that no one misses this message, the well-dressed, silver-haired, obviously Republican white folk in the background walk by a homeless...
  • Lord of the Rings Star Using Fame from Film to Promote Homosexual "Marriage"

    05/05/2006 7:25:51 AM PDT · by LifeSite News · 100 replies · 2,459+ views ^ | May 4, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    DUBLIN, May 4, 2006 ( - British Actor Ian McKellen who was launched into mega-stardom playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings film in 2001, has used the recognition generated by the film to forward his crusade to promote homosexuality. Ironically, the genius behind the story which gave McKellen his current pedestal - J.R. Tolkien - held that homosexuality was a disorder and was a staunch defender of traditional Catholic teaching on sexual morality, according to experts on the famed writer. McKellen's latest endeavour is to campaign for homosexual 'marriage' in Britain. This week McKellen complained that a new...
  • Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life

    11/19/2001 2:41:15 PM PST · by A Mississippian · 90 replies · 929+ views ^ | November 2001 | Patrick W. Curles Entertainment Channel Print | Back Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life By Patrick W. CurlesPCANews Tolkien saw himself as a hobbit in every way but in stature. News Channel - A popular British magazine recently surveyed its readers to get their opinions about the best book of all time. Thousands responded. The landslide winner for the top spot in history: The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien. The literary elites were incensed and amazed. How could a fantasy writer win? They re-polled the country, and again Tolkien’s work blew away the competition. Again they ...
  • All That Glitters Is Not Gold

    10/08/2005 12:06:36 PM PDT · by Simi Valley Tom · 15 replies · 1,291+ views
    Movieguide® ^ | October 8, 2005 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    More and more movies are being aimed at the faith-based audience. Many of them claim to be by people of faith. And, many people in the church are getting very excited about these films. Some of these filmmakers are at the top of their game. Some have gone to the most prestigious film schools. But even so, after watching some of the theological errors and confusion in these movies, perhaps they would have been better studying theology and reading, writing and critical thinking rather than film. In one recent movie, the name of Jesus is claimed to have power only...
  • Lord of the Rings - help needed (vanity)

    06/24/2005 7:13:06 AM PDT · by hispanichoosier · 264 replies · 5,851+ views
    I need help with LOTR. Two friends and I were discussing the books and movies last weekend. Friend 1 observed that the relationship between Frodo and Sam (in the movies) had homosexual overtones. Friend 2 retorted that the relationship is based on the master/servant relationship of old England and that Friend 1 was looking at it through American eyes, where rugged individualism is more prized. I--caught in the middle--had to admit that I thought that Sean Astin overplayed Sam at times but was great overall. So, was Friend 1 right about the gay overtones, or was Friend 2's explanation correct?...
  • The Hobbit three years away: Jackson

    03/12/2005 4:50:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 52 replies · 2,980+ views
    Oscar winning director Peter Jackson says it will be at least three years before he shoots The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit. Jackson this weekend took a break from his busy schedule filming King Kong in Auckland, stopping by Sydney's Powerhouse Museum to check out the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) exhibition. On Saturday, the very private director will give a talk to fans about his films at the State Theatre. A slimmed-down Jackson, who arrived in Sydney on Friday, was asked how long it would be before he started production on The Hobbit. "Three or four years...
  • Bilbo Baggins - sung by Leonard Nimoy

    02/08/2005 8:53:00 AM PST · by ricer1 · 210 replies · 2,204+ views ^ | not sure | who knows...
    Leonard Nimoy sings "Bilbo Baggins"
  • From Father to Son--J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex

    02/06/2005 3:07:16 AM PST · by MadIvan · 146 replies · 3,628+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | February 4, 2005 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The astounding popularity of J.R.R. Tolkien and his writings-- magnified many times over by the success of the "Lord of the Rings" films--has ensured that Tolkien's fantasy world of moral meaning stands as one of the great literary achievements of our times.In some sense, Tolkien was a man born out of time. A philologist at heart, Tolkien was most at home in the world of ancient ages, even as he witnessed the barbarism and horrors of the 20th century. Celebrated as a popular author, he was an eloquent witness to permanent truths. His popularity on university campuses, extending from his...
  • The Real Atrocity in Tolkien's Middle Earth

    01/07/2005 10:53:41 AM PST · by BJClinton · 14 replies · 1,463+ views
    FrontPage magazine ^ | 1/7/2005 | eff Alexander and Tom Bissell
    The Real Atrocity in Tolkien's Middle Earth By Jeff Alexander and Tom BissellMcSweeney's Internet Tendency | January 7, 2005Part I: Chomsky: The film opens with Galadriel speaking. "The world has changed," she tells us, "I can feel it in the water." She's actually stealing a line from the non-human Treebeard. He says this to Merry and Pippin in The Two Towers, the novel. Already we can see who is going to be privileged by this narrative and who is not. Zinn: Of course. "The world has changed." I would argue that the main thing one learns when one watches this...
  • JRR Tolkien: Ringing in a Liberal or Conservative New Year

    01/04/2005 6:42:27 PM PST · by quidnunc · 77 replies · 2,014+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 4, 2005 | Joshua Livestro
    I wouldn't normally dare to waste your precious time, dear reader, with light-hearted discussions of frivolous matters. But just this once I ask your permission for an excursion into a realm that, on the face of it, has little in common with politics, namely that of high art. My excuse is a valid one, however: the launch of the extended DVD edition of last year's Oscar winning film 'The Return of the King, based on JRR Tolkien's epic drama The Lord of the Rings. The reason for choosing this subject is not an aesthetic one, however. I merely want to...
  • Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien

    01/03/2005 7:05:19 AM PST · by Valin · 23 replies · 2,033+ views
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, a very talented writer, is famous for having created such a literary genre as fantasy. All his books are real masterpieces, and many having read them once, want to read them again and again. Warm-hearted and exciting adventure stories, involving people, elves, dwarves, orcs, goblins, wizards, and, of course, hobbits are in Tolkien’s accounts. But not only fantastic beings were concocted by him. Both philologist and professor at Oxford University, he knew many ancient and modern languages. Thus, a new world – Middle-earth, along with its geography, its history, and several languages appeared. The history of...
  • Return of the King

    12/20/2004 5:45:14 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 10 replies · 497+ views
    With the release this week of the Extended Edition DVD of Return of the King, here are some LOTR resources: A Triumphant Return In J. R. R. Tolkien's Sanctifying Myth: Understanding Middle-earth J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, a Legendary Friendship Myth Meets Real Life Escape into Reality Saint J. R. R. the Evangelist Tolkien, Transformer of Culture
  • Extended Edition Of The Return Of The King (Vanity)

    12/15/2004 8:31:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 69 replies · 3,578+ views
    11/15/04 | goldstategop
    New Line Entertainment released the definitive "Extended Edition" of The Return Of The King . Peter Jackson worked over a year to bring this out for the fans. New and extended scenes have brought the total running length to over 200 minutes. Plus extras on the supplemental discs.
  • The Ents of Europe (Euroweenies "Mossy," "Slow")

    12/10/2004 6:46:52 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 23 replies · 1,042+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/10/04 | Victor Davis Hanson
    One of the many wondrous peoples that poured forth from the rich imagination of the late J. R. R. Tolkien were the Ents. These tree-like creatures, agonizingly slow and covered with mossy bark, nursed themselves on tales of past glory while their numbers dwindled in their isolation. Unable to reproduce themselves or to fathom the evil outside their peaceful forest — and careful to keep to themselves and avoid reacting to provocation of the tree-cutters and forest burners — they assumed they would be given a pass from the upheavals of Middle Earth. But with the sudden arrival of two...
  • 'Lord of the Rings' has ring of the Christian Lord

    01/03/2002 8:28:10 AM PST · by VRWCmember · 44 replies · 675+ views ^ | December 12, 2001 | Jeff Robinson News Channel - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Near the end of his life, J.R.R. Tolkien (also spelled Tolkein) received a letter from a young girl posing a question concerning the chief end of man.Tolkien, author of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy which has now become a motion picture, provided the youngster an answer that lends insight into the worldview of the realm in which he casts his fantasy novels. "It may be said that the purpose of life for any one of us is to increase according to our capacity, our knowledge of God by all the means we have ...
  • Return of the King: Extended Edition Trailer is Up!

    11/29/2004 11:25:21 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 63 replies · 5,171+ views
    The One ^ | 11/29/2004 | n/a
    It's Here! The ROTK EE Trailer! See the World Premiere of the six-minute extended trailer for The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition November 29th only at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special Extended DVD Edition. A never-before-seen version of the film with 50 minutes of new and extended scenes. This 4-disc set features all new bonus materials including in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, original documentaries, feature-length commentaries and much more.Available December 14th.
  • Movie makers give CS Lewis Lord Of The Rings treatment

    11/10/2004 10:10:41 PM PST · by LadyDoc · 26 replies · 3,538+ views | October 24, 2004 | Senay Boztas
    IT was a friendship that thrived on a complex fantasy world, created in an English pub, that produced some of the most memorable literary characters ever written. Now a new film by a Scottish-based director will celebrate the real-life fellowship of two literary giants, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. CS Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia aims to ride a wave of interest in Lewis that is anticipated to accompany the rel ease in 2005 of up to seven films based on his Narnia novels. ..... Norman Stone’s 54-minute drama, which starts shooting in Oxford this week, is a more...