Middle Earth Challenge: The Fellowship of the Ring

Middle Earth Challenge

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Now.. As much as I love this book. It does lag on for a bit, as it might feel like an eternity for the Fellowship to finally begin their journey. Now this is only the first half of the book really. It’s musty full of characters and their backstories, as well as the history of the Middle Earth. At least the events leading up to task at hand. Personally I rather enjoy reading about the history and backstories of the characters. But I can see why most people don’t like reading LOTR. Another thing to keep in mind is that LOTR book trilogy was never written as such. Tolkien wrote LOTR as one book. It was the publishing company that made the change and broke it up into 3 novels.

What is odd about this “first” book, most of the scenes aren’t presented in real time. Only to be told after the fact, sadly taken away any drama or thrill story. It doesn’t hurt the story by any means, just makes things move slowly. Now the way they spit the books up, cause this book to not have a ending per se. The Fellowship of the Ring serves as a history guide and backstory for the The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Jackson’s version incorporates the first chapter of  The Two Towers and shows its events in real time rather than flashback. It also makes them simultaneous with the Breaking of the Fellowship. This finale is played as a climactic battle. In the book Aragorn (and consequently the reader) misses the entire battle and is only told about it later by Legolas and Gimli. In the film he engages in a vicious combat with the Uruk-hai, including their leader, referred to as Lurtz in the script. In the book, Boromir is unable to tell Aragorn which hobbits were kidnapped by the orcs before he dies, and Aragorn deduces Frodo’s intentions when he notices that a boat is missing and Sam’s pack is gone. In the film, Aragorn and Frodo have a scene together in which Frodo’s intentions are explicitly stated.

Now in the Mines of Moria sequence was altered. In the book, following the defeat on the Caradhras road, Gandalf advocates the Moria road against the resistance of the rest of the Fellowship, not Gimli. Suggesting “there is a hope that Moria is still free…there is even a chance that Dwarves are there,” though no one seems to think this likely. Frodo proposes they take a company vote, but the discovery of Wargs on their trail forces them to accept Gandalf’s proposal. They only realize the Dwarves are all dead once they reach Balin’s tomb.

The Movie chose instead for Gandalf to resist the Moria plan as a foreshadowing device. Gandalf says to Gimli he would prefer not to enter Moria, and Saruman is shown to be aware of Gandalf’s hesitance, revealing an illustration of the Balrog in one of his books. The corpses of the dwarves are instantly shown as the Fellowship enter Moria. One detail that many critics commented upon is the fact that, in the novel, Pippin tosses a mere pebble into the well in Moria, then hear what sounds like a hammer tapping in the distance. In the film, he knocks an entire skeleton in the well, also dragging down a chain and bucket. We all know what happens next hahahah.

That is just a few examples in the differences between the movie and novel. Over all The Fellowship of the Ring is worth the read, it makes you become attached to the characters and give you an idea on how grand scale the world is.

The_Lord_of_the_Rings_(1978)Before I forget, there is the animation that was made. The film makes some deviations from the book, but overall follows Tolkien’s narrative quite closely. Of the adaptation process, Bakshi stated that elements of the story “had to be left out but nothing in the story was really altered.” The film greatly condenses Frodo’s journey from Bag End to Bree. Stop-overs at Farmer Maggot’s house, Frodo’s home in Buckland, and the house of the mysterious Tom Bombadil deep in the Old Forest are omitted. Maggot and his family and Bombadil and his wife Goldberry are thus all omitted, along with Fatty Bolger, a hobbit who accompanied Frodo at the beginning. According to Bakshi, the character of Tom Bombadil was “dropped” because “he didn’t move the story along.” The character Glorfindel is amalgamated with Legolas.

The film is a product of it’s time and the animation always jarred me. It’s a mix of the Disney’s The Black Cauldron and the first Heavy Metal movie. While I like some parts of it, most of it dragged on and on. Even tho they put the Fellowship and Two Towers together in one movie. There was to be a sequel, going more into the The Two Towers. But it never happened. The Director Bakshi said:

“I told them they can’t drop the Part One, because people are going to come in thinking they’ll see the whole film, and it’s not there. We had a huge fight, and they released it as Lord of the Rings. So when it came to the end, people were stunned in the theater, even worse than I ever realized they would be, because they were expecting to see the whole film. People keep telling me I never finished the film. And I keep saying, ‘That’s right!’

“Had it said ‘Part One,’ I think everyone would have respected it. But because it didn’t say ‘Part One,’ everyone came in expecting to see the entire three books, and that’s where the confusion comes in.”

Oddly enough the Rankin-Bass studio, who made the Hobbit 1977 animation. Came back and made the Return of the King as a sequel to the Hobbit not the Lord of the Rings. I shouldn’t say that, I mean it completes the story yes. But the animation styles are two completely different things. As the studio said:

“completing the story begun in Bakshi’s film by adapting the final novel, though the Rankin-Bass production offers no stylistic continuation from the earlier film.”

But I’ll get more into that another time.

Star Trek Book Challenge 11: Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation #24)

Star Trek Book Challenge 11: Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation #24)

Laurell K.. Hamilton… I did not know she wrote a Star Trek Novel! Always been a big fan of her work. Always enjoyed the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series and as well as the her Marvel comic series. So once I found this little gem I had to see what she brought to the Trek universe :).

 30278…….. So…. Yeah… Dialogue in the book..My God it was rather terrible. The characters often repeated the same…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 11: Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation #24)

Star Trek Book Challenge 11: Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation #24)

Laurell K.. Hamilton… I did not know she wrote a Star Trek Novel! Always been a big fan of her work. Always enjoyed the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series and as well as the her Marvel comic series. So once I found this little gem I had to see what she brought to the Trek universe :).

 30278…….. So…. Yeah… Dialogue in the book..My God it was rather terrible. The characters often repeated the same…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 11: Nightshade (Star Trek: The Next Generation #24)

Laurell K.. Hamilton… I did not know she wrote a Star Trek Novel! Always been a big fan of her work. Always enjoyed the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series and as well as the her Marvel comic series. So once I found this little gem I had to see what she brought to the Trek universe :).

 30278 …….. So…. Yeah… Dialogue in the book..My God it was rather terrible. The characters often repeated the same things over and over. Almost like trying to take up space or got lost at some point.. Some of the dialogue seemed totally the opposite of what I’d expect from a character. Like Dr. Crusher for example *Spoilers* telling a race of people that their belief system was “horrific” and “terrible” because they believed in going down with the ship. A lot of it started to annoy me to no end and almost could finish the book..

Side note: I’m beginning to see that the TNG books are falling short on the score cards. But the original Star Trek crew the books and story lines are FAR most entertaining/enjoyable. Rather odd..

Oh sure there are some good points and in the book! The whole things wasn’t a pile of crap. I don’t know what I was thinking there. I know she can write and I love her works as a vampire novelist. But she kinda dropped the ball on this one. Maybe it was a paycheck book :(.

Anywho, if you find yourself a copy of this book. I’d say.. Go ahead and give it a read, but there are some many other and better books out there.. The store line for Nightshade is:

After two hundred years of civil war the planet Oriana is dying. Most of the surface vegetation is gone, the air is nearly unbreathable, and the people themselves are dying. Now, the two warring factions have finally sat down to talk peace, and Captian Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent ot help them negotiate a settlement.

Picard, Lt. Worf, and Counsellor Troi beam down to Oriana, just as the Starship Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. Alone on the planet, the U.S.S. Enterprise team learns that there are people that would rather finish the devastating conflict than talk peace. Suddenly, Picard is accused of murder and the delicate negotiations have fallen into the hands of Lt. Worf.

Now, Worf and Troi must unravel the truth and prevent planet-wide disaster, before time runs out for the people of Oriana and the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

 

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Adventures in Single Parenting

Where to start…? For the past year or so I’ve been keeping a log of the day-to-day life of myself and my kids. I’ve also been keeping a medical log as well, mostly for my son seeing how he has the most of the problems. The reason for all the record keeping was caused by me and my ex-wife getting a divorce about a year ago…. As it stands I have the kids 90% of the time. She moved out.. I don’t know why I’m writing about this now. I think it was caused by reading everything that I wrote in the logs.
I know I made a post when everything went down on Facebook and I also stated that I wouldn’t talk about it again.. But there are so many things digging at me.. The drama, games, the lack of respect. Here is the post I made on Facebook:

“End of a Chapter. Starting a new one
by Jason Roberts on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:16am ·

I’ve been thinking a lot about this for the past month or two now. For those who knows both me and Laurel personally, know that we have been, having a great deal of trouble in our marriage.

For the past month now we both came to the point where things are just not working out anymore. We have parted ways and moved on to other things.

We are both working together to make sure the kids are happy in all this and that there is NO bad blood between us both. I know it’s never easy and also sad. But in the long run it’s for the best I think. We are just on to different levels and have different ideas for what we want out of life.

Now this is something that just didn’t happen over night. No this has been going on from Oct. 2011 to now. We’ve try to work things out. But it wasn’t till these last 2 months is where we both realized that things were just never going to be the same or get better. Again there is no bad blood, no “he said, she said.” going on. We are both living our lives and making sure that the kids are happy , health, and that they have everything they need in life. After all.. That is what is important, the kids.

It feels nice to talk about this finally. We’ve been keeping a lot of this under raps for so long, worry on what people may think. Are we going to lose friends? Lose family? Be everyone seems to be working with us to make sure everyone is happy and working together.

We both are see other people and living our lives the way we see fit. No more, no less. This is the last and only time I will ever write about this. The fact is that this is a personal matter. But all of our friends are on here and this is just an easier way to inform everyone that needs to know.”

The truth of the matter is I tried to make it work.. THREE times I’ve tried to make things work out. Whats odd is, I’ve always said if someone cheated on me I was out. Gone.. But for some reason that just eludes me to why I tried to make things work. Maybe it was for the kids? I don’t know….. As time goes on my attention is on the kids. They have become my life and I will do anything for them. I want them to be happy and health. I’m just tired of  walking on egg shells so to speak.

I’m the one doing everything for them. School, meetings with teachers, Doctor appointments, helping with homework. I make sure they have clean cloths and 3 meals a day. Oh sure she takes them every so often. For the past month it’s been Tuesdays and Saturdays only for a few hours. But there have been a few times where I get a text or phone call stating that she is “tired” or not “feeling good” OR my favorite is ” can you come and get them? They won’t listen to anything I say.”

I’m sorry… But that’s not how this works. You’re the parent, the Mother… I just don’t get it really, it’s like they come off as a chore. Also what kills me is when I get texts late at night asking if I’m unhappy having the kids all the time? Followed up with a lame attempted of saying sorry for making a mess of my life.

No… I’m done being nice, I tired of the games and drama. Tired of waiting for someone’s mind to make decision and/or keep a promise. These kids are my life, the air I breath. They make me complete and happy where I am no made what. I love seeing their little faces in the morning and telling me what they had dreams about. How they slept and what they want for breakfast. I mean yeah it lonely not having another adult around to talk to. But I figured a relationship or what have you will happen in its own time. I just hope they are okay with kids HA-HA! I’ll tell you this tho… If I ever do get married again, that’s it! I want someone to talk to me about the problems when they have them. Not just sit there and do nothing. Like I said in that post:

“We are just on to different levels and have different ideas for what we want out of life.”

Just another long night

So tired! But I can’t go to sleep…… Its 4am…. AM! I’ve read 6 books already and working on seven. Aside note: there will a number of book reviews coming up on here and my goodreads profile.
I have nothing to do tomorrow aside from work. The kids (hobbits I like to call them) are at grandma’s place till Sunday. Maybe its just too quite, that’s why I can’t sleep….. Oh well.
Of you guys find time, you should check out Jack 1939. Its an interesting read.

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