Last week, A.D. was canceled due to low ratings by NBC. The show's producers hope to revive it for their digital channel, whose launch is two years away, but I suspect most will have moved on by then, particularly if half the cast has also gone on to other projects. In short, for all intensive... Continue Reading →
It has been two years since Bilbo said, “I’m going on an adventure!” as he gleefully bounded out of the Shire, following after Gandalf and “quite a merry gathering” of dwarves. And here, we come to the end … of Biblo’s story, of Thorin’s, of Thranduil’s … but the beginning of the tale of The... Continue Reading →
Disclaimer: NJs are not psychic; they do not have magical abilities that allow them to perfectly predict the future. What they do have is a far-reaching gaze that can come up with the most likely outcome based on the information at hand. This weekend, feeling a strong need to revisit Middle-earth, I sat down and... Continue Reading →
It’s either become a helpful or annoying habit of mine (depending on who you ask) to search for deeper meaning in the Middle-earth trilogies. Because under all the action sequences, and the shimmer of the elves, lies Tolkien’s beliefs as a Catholic. Like most Christian writers, he never planned for his values to come out... Continue Reading →
J.R.R. Tolkien didn’t write his books as allegories but his faith influenced the tales, and is blatant on screen. While The Hobbit doesn’t have the blatant symbolism of The Lord of the Rings, there are some wonderful references to Tolkien’s beliefs. Here are some things to discuss with your children after seeing the film: A... Continue Reading →
I love The Lord of the Rings. It's the movie franchise that pretty much changed my entire life: it opened up an incredible new world to me, got me seriously into fantasy, and Christian allegories, and Tolkien in general, and gave me my best friend.So to hear The Hobbit is coming out... well, that's pretty... Continue Reading →
Why do I feel the need to swell up with happy tears every time I see something from The Hobbit?