Middle Earth Challenge: Nearing the End

This is the last book I will be sharing/writing before the Return of the King. I has been an interesting journey for sure. Rather educational as well, definitely learned a lot more about the Middle Earth and the characters within. So while reading and writing the ending to this adventure on the way to Return of the King. I happened to find another book expanding on the Middle Earth and it’s history. An Encyclopedia of Tolkien by David Day, who also wrote The Dark Powers of Tolkien. I have to say I was rather surprised by this lovely novel of information!

A comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth.
The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations.

While reading this encyclopedia, it reminded me of why I started this adventure/challenge. The art work is fantastic and beyond easy to navigate through it pages. The information is beyond detailed and I wish I had found this before I had started this quest. BUT in some small way I am happy I didn’t, having to dig through the Mirkwood that is the internet to find these stories/characters was half the fun. With this book it has helped me figure out how to end this challenge the right way. Not just stop..

This novel by David Day is a must for any Middle Earth fan. I do find most of David Day books to be a hit or a miss. He has a number of them based around Tolkien’s work and then some. So if you get the chance I would definitely check him if you can, most of his stuff can be found at Costco for super cheap or a local book store.

In an odd way I can’t help to feel a little bit of sadness, now that I am nearing the end of the challenge. Unlike the other ones I have done in the past, this one was more personal for me. It’s hard to explain really… I’ve always enjoy the Lord of the Rings, I figured while I am stuck at home do to Covid. Why not start a challenge centered around the Middle Earth! I just didn’t expect to feel this attachment to this fictitious world and characters. ANYWHO!! Hope you guys have enjoyed this adventure as much as I have.

Save The Pix Theater

Please join me in supporting Alex Stone’s campaign: Support The Pix in Albany!

Here’s the link: https://givebutter.com/2mB5wo/lisaschwartz

You can easily make a donation by going to the link above. Thank you 🙂
I have always loved this theater. Specially over the last couple of years, being able to watch the classics like Young Frankenstein or having date nights with 007(Goldfinger) . I still think one of the best experiences I have had with The Pix, was when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came out. Opening night we went to go see the movie, we got our drinks, candy, popcorn. Found our sets and before every movie the owner Rod Bigner comes out and gives a little story/history/trivia. As it so happened that night, we had a guest who saw the first Star Wars: A New Hope(first one released) in that theater. He had seen every Star Wars movie in that theater, that’s incredible. That is also saying something about this theater. There is a friendly, warmth about this place that is hard to put into words. You are always made to feel welcome, comfortable and being able to interact with everyone there and the movies is awesome.

Plus also they are massive fellow nerd over there!!

One of cases and shelves with nerdy paraphernalia inside the theater.

“Story:
We are Alex Stone, Tina Springer and Lisa Schwartz, three Albany residents who simply LOVE THE PIX and can’t imagine our post-COVID-19 lives without it.
We are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on cinemas nationwide and we don’t want to see The Pix become a casualty of the pandemic. The Pix is seating at 50% capacity plus social-distancing between groups, and many shows have low attendance. To make things more difficult, Hollywood is releasing very few new movies.

The campaign’s goal is to raise $18,000. This sum will offset the rent for the Pix for 11 months (November 2020 – September 2021) and pay the fees associated with this campaign. All funds will go directly to The Pix to help keep this wonderful community cinema alive.

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We are asking others who LOVE THE PIX to join us in contributing to this campaign.
Why do we LOVE THE PIX?
…So many reasons!
GREAT MOVIES!
WONDERFUL owners and staff!
Great popcorn with real butter (REAL BUTTER)!!!
STUNNING atmosphere – who doesn’t simply love to hang out in the foyer?
COOL STUFF AND GAMES in the foyer.
COOL FURNITURE! COMFORTABLE SEATS!
El Jefes, quesadillas, jumbo hotdogs, frozen bananas, pie, truffles…
Beer, wine, cider, soda, kombucha.
ACADEMY AWARDS NIGHT with red carpet and costumes!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THE PIX? Let us know when you donate!!

It’s only been a few days. But at least it’s not a Bush vs Gore episode.. Yet…