Tag Archives: the hobbit

yeah, that’s what I said, too…

The folks at How It Should Have Ended echo my thoughts on the trainwreck that is the latest Hobbit movie.         *sigh*

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lord of the…WHOA!

(hat tip to A.L. Phillips)   Iffn you’re a Tolkien fan (as I am), you will love artist Jian Guo’s simulated “stained glass” images of characters and scenes from The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Silmarillion.  Here’s … Continue reading

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thug notes: a new take on old books

(hat tip to Mary Robinette Kowal)   When I was in high school and college, I sometimes found it difficult to appreciate certain classics.  Great Expectations did nothing for me; likewise for Crime and Punishment.  Sometimes, it was just the … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: verlyn flieger

In honor of the kids going back to school, this will be the first of several posts about the great teachers I was fortunate enough to have in my academic career.  To kick things off, let me tell you about Professor … Continue reading

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when the world was young: elric

The latest in a series about influences from my childhood   As I’ve probably mentioned elsewhere, as a child I was into science fiction, thanks to Star Wars and Star Trek.  As a teenager, I immersed myself in Advanced Dungeons … Continue reading

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Back from Germany, and various writerly items….

I spent the last two weeks (or so) in Germany, visiting with family and sightseeing.  I went over with my wife and younger daughter, Ally Jane, to meet up on spring break with our older daughter, Beth, who is studying abroad … Continue reading

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three of these things are not like the others….

For many, many years–ever since I was a kid, actually–I’ve been a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  It’s one of my favorite books, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it.  I really enjoyed the … Continue reading

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