Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

Hobbit Food!

September 16, 2012

It is a cool and sunny Sunday.  After a short walk with Lin I baked up a couple seed cakes.  Being hammered by the chemo I relied on Lin as to how they came out.  She said, they were okay.  I’m hoping my taste buds will recover enough to allow me to enjoy some seed cake while watching TLOTR on the 22nd.


Memberships, Banquets, & rate increases, oh my!

September 9, 2012
Hullo Tolkien fans & scholars,
I would like to bring a few things to your attention.
1.  If you have not yet joined The 3rd Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2, please note that the cost of membership and banquet will go up on 23 September 2012.  I’m attaching the current flyer which has both the current rates as well as the new ones.
2.  To those of you who have joined The 3rd Conference on Middle-earth, Part 2, a big THANK YOU!  As above I would like to remind members who have not yet bought a banquet ticket, that the price will go up on 23 September 2012.
3.  The “Call for Papers” will be posted to the University of Pennsylvania web site towards the end of September.  If you are interested in presenting a paper or developing a panel, please go to our web site and review the “Call for Papers” there.  Presenters from 2011 have first call to be on the program.
A few areas I wouldn’t mind seeing covered:
The impact of The Hobbit & TLOTR on 1960s & 1970s popular music.
The visions of Middle-earth through art.
The astronomy of Middle-earth.  [When is Durin’s Day?]
The geography of Middle-earth.
The geology of Middle-earth.
The flora & fauna of Middle-earth.
The clothing of Middle-earth both from the books and the films.
The food of Middle-earth.
The poetry and songs of Middle-earth.
4.  Please drop by our web site and check out the 1st filming of The Lord Of the Rings, circa 1944.  It is a most marvelous film attempt.
5.  For any locals to Albany receiving this, I intend to be at the cinema on the night of 13 December to join the Line Party and watch the premiere of Part 1 of The Hobbit.  Please let me know, if you would like to join me.
6.  The conference will be dedicated to the memory of Michael N. Stanton, the author of “Hobbits, Elves, and Wizards,” and our fearless docent on our “Tour of Middle-earth” in 2004.
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

Film History!

August 24, 2012

Drop by the 3rd COME web site, , and check out the first attempt, circa 1944, to portray TLOTR in film!

Why I love Science!

August 20, 2012

Sorry, Bruce Willis, asteroid wins in real ‘Armageddon’

So here’s a shocker: It turns out the 1998 asteroid disaster movie “Armageddon” was a tad unrealistic. In the film, a team led by Bruce Willis plants a nuclear bomb deep inside a 600-mile-wide (1,000 kilometers) asteroid as it…

Gandalf to the rescue!

August 17, 2012

Time for some dancing!

June 22, 2012


VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945

June 21, 2012


On the road again!

June 19, 2012

Spent Sunday driving up and back to the ST:Phase II shoot. I went with my neighbor, Julie.  I wish I could have been there for the 2 weeks, but Health stuff makes it impossible.  Bummer.

Nice and warm & sunny.  Had the top stowed for the drive back.

It was good to get on the road again.  I love road trips.

Just some old farts dancing!

June 8, 2012

The back story on two Chevy commercials shot on Rt. 66 in TX!

May 14, 2012
This is so cool!