Posts Tagged ‘Tolkien’
As the title of this post suggests, I am excited about the arrival of “The Hobbit” this December 14th. I’m sure that I will find myself at some midnight showing or other wherein I will be drawn into Peter Jackson’s version of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth once again. Although this trailer is only two and a half minutes long, there are a couple of portions that give me goosebumps of excitement as I listen and watch them. I hope you will find similar moments too.
From the dwarves’ singing to Gollum asking what a Baggins is, I feel like Jackson is going to do justice with these films much as he did with the LOTR franchise. I anxiously await this movie to see the world of the Hobbits come alive again on the big screen.
I was just having a conversation with a friend of mine, and he was talking about going to St. Louis next week. I made the off-handed comment that he should watch out for the Deatheaters…and suddenly the idea hit me. Wouldn’t it be funny if there were literary based street gangs? I mean seriously I think that it’s an intriguing idea….
“Oh God, here come the Nazgul” screams a passerby as cloaked figures emerge from the shadows wielding swords and muttering something about hobbits and finding a ring.
“Avada Kedavera!” came a hissing from the alleyway as a green flashlight clicked on to reveal several masked, stick wielding persons….
Suddenly, there were people dressed in animal costumes being led by a lion and four children who attacked with ferocity…all the time they were screaming something about a White Witch…I knew the Narnians were upon me.
See what I mean….I think that if they were named after them and followed a theme it would be quite entertaining….but this could just be my F*ed up imagination. Maybe I’ll have to write a short story about this…hmmmm….
With school finally drawing to a close, I begin to look to days of less things to do which means that I’ll have time to read. I love reading…it comes with the territory of being an English Professor I suppose. However, I have so many books on my “to read” list that I’m having a hard time fathoming what to read first.
1) I have thought of rereading all my treasure Anne Rice books. I love all the vampire books (some a little more than others but that’s splitting hairs), and every time I read them, I learn something new or become more aware of certain characters. These novels are also something that I’m contemplating writing my Master’s thesis over…so, I feel like it might be viable to go back and reread now instead of waiting.
2)The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien. As a fan of fantasy fiction, many people are shocked to find out that I haven’t read all three of the books all the way through. This fact does not mean that I haven’t read a great deal of them; I just haven’t read all of them. I am greatly in love with the movies (as I have watched them to have something to grade papers with this semester). I want to see where they came from, and I know that the books will be better than the movies. It’s pretty much an unwritten fact that the book will be better than the movie hands down.
3) A plethora of other books that I have around that have been collecting dust.
–Atonement by Ian McEwan (again loved the movie)
–Paradise Lost by Milton (interested in the mythology of the fall of Satan that he presents)
–The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (being a large proponent of mythology, I have only read pieces of this book…however, since it may play a great part in the creation of my Master’s thesis, I feel like it is worth the read…also, I know that I will enjoy it)
And these are just a few of the books that I have to decide from…I also usually read Bram Stoker’s Dracula about every other summer…so, this book is back in the cycle of things too…Really, I just need to be able to absorb information by osmosis…that would be wonderful…but until then, I am going to have to think about it. Any suggestions people out there. I’m even open to others that might not necessarily be on my “list”.
Peace of mind and the body
Comes when the two are
Okay with each other.
A separation of ideas
Must occur to allow the
Emptiness to subside.
Twisting the spirit into
A Malleable, impregnable
Thing of magic and mystery.
Into the west, we shall find
Our keeper. Into the west,
Triumph shall find us.