Archive for Lord of the Rings

the Young Aragorn Chronicles (or, My Life As A Teenage Ranger)

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 23, 2018 by phanteana

the MECU (Middle-Earth Cinematic Universe) is moving forward with that once-rumored Lord Of The Rings series, courtesy of Amazon. for those who feared there wouldn’t be any further return journeys to Middle-Earth, rest assured there will be plenty. while no showrunner or cast have been announced as of yet (still rooting for PJ, obviously), it has been confirmed that the series will focus largely on the rise of young Aragorn from humble beginnings to, well…y’all know the rest. given that the show will take place during an in-between period (which encompasses 60 years from the events of The Hobbit up to the start of Fellowship), there will be some characters missing but there will also be plenty of familiar faces to look out for. one crucial player has expressed some doubts about returning, which could pose an issue for many fans…but another has already stated they would love to come back for more, and that is an encouraging thought.

 

 

 

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sounds of the Barrow-downs

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on April 24, 2018 by phanteana

peanut butter & jelly. mac n’ cheese. Tolkien & Metal. two great tastes that go together, especially that last one (though the others are pretty solid, too).

by now, it should come as no surprise that Middle-Earth has inspired and influenced generations of musicians. can the same be said about other authors (living or deceased)? yes, but mostly in specific genres (horror, fantasy, science fiction, Gothic romance). there aren’t too many songs written about The Great Gatsby or Heart Of Darkness (that i’m aware of, at least).

if J.R.R. Tolkien were alive today, would he be flattered or offended by the use of his works in Metal music? since i can’t ask him, i’d venture to guess he’d be confused but also pleased that people still cared about him (which they definitely do after all these years).

a budget far greater than gold itself

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2018 by phanteana

spring has sprung (well, in some parts of the country at least). it seems like only yesterday it was fall, and Amazon announced it plans to produce a small screen prequel to the “other” greatest story ever told. now that a return journey to Middle-Earth is in the works, there are still questions that need to be answered: who is directing/starring in/writing/producing the series? these queries have yet to be solved, but one thing’s for certain: it won’t be cheap. with that said, my plan is to move to New Zealand, get a job as a Hobbiton tour guide, and find a way to get cast in the production…or i could see if Weta Workshop is looking for a librarian with coding skills.

fandom and chill

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on December 11, 2017 by phanteana

we’ve now reached the point where year-in-review reports start to pile in. whether in the professional or personal world, everyone has a list of goals they achieved & areas they’d like to improve in. if you’re a major streaming service, then you take note of what your subscribers are watching and how often they do so. well, one Canadian subscriber seems to be quite devoted to Middle-Earth (it’s not me, because anyone who reads this knows i’m in the US…also, i don’t have an account with said streaming service). that’s dedication…and a whole lotta bathroom breaks.

 

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“you really need to get outside more”

remember December?

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , , on December 4, 2017 by phanteana

December just isn’t the same without a new Middle-Earth film. but at least the internet still has plenty of room for JRRT until that Amazon series/biopic gets underway.

 

 

over the river & through the woods to Saruman’s house we go

there and back again?

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , on November 4, 2017 by phanteana

now that Halloween has come and gone, we now roll into the time of year where the Tolkien trailers start pouring in…oh, wait a minute…there aren’t anymore Middle-Earth films…or so i thought…

just when i thought i wouldn’t ever be making a return trip to my favorite fictional land, there comes news of a TV series in the works. in addition, the first images from behind-the-scenes of the upcoming Tolkien biopic have surfaced online. the latter will obviously be grounded in reality as opposed to fiction, but it will still be interesting to see the life of the author played out onscreen. as for the former…i’m trying really hard to be excited about this, but i’m also EXTREMELY nervous. it took decades for the films to materialize, from acquiring the rights up until post-production. everything was riding on the fate of a then-unknown director whose only claims to fame were splatter films and a ghostly comedy starring Alex P. Keaton. but as we all know, said director proved EVERYONE wrong…the same has yet to be said for what’s to come.

 

old habits (hobbits) die hard

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2016 by phanteana

15 years ago today, The Fellowship Of The Ring graced moviegoers with its presence, setting the stage for what would become one of the highest-grossing film series of all time…and yet, it still feels like yesterday. in fact, here’s the very first trailerah, memories

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…and who knew it would have led to a thousand Sean Bean memes!