Sorry I’ve missed a week or two (and yes, I had two week 8’s for some reason). I’ve been really busy pulling my small business together: http://www.2ndlifedolls.com and trying to bring together a video for an indigogo project. We, new hubby and I, went to see Tolkien last night and it was a beautiful movie. […]Read More I don’t know what to tell you: Grief Week 9
As far as I can tell, there wasn’t a strict class structure in the Shire. A servant (Sam), could obviously become a mayor of a city, and a class system wouldn’t have allowed that. Yet in the movie, and somewhat less in the book, they are constantly forgetting that Sam is even there. Gandalf remarks […]Read More Why Did Everyone Forget About Sam?
It occurs to me, that unless Samwise actually told everyone what happened – because you can’t imagine that Frodo told anyone what actually happened – that everyone has to assume that Sam actually destroyed the ring, or killed Gollum while Gollum had the ring, because of Frodo’s telltale missing finger. Because by the time they […]Read More Who Would History Say Destroyed The Ring?
The prophet Joseph Smith said that he felt worn and shaped like a rough stone rolling, with all the rough edges knocked off of him. I feel like that a lot – like a rock in a tumbler, with no control over who/what I hit in the process or where I will rebound. How strange […]Read More Rough Stone Rolling
When people first started binding books, just the name on the side of the book was something only a skilled craftsman could do, embossing or stamping the leather that was used as the cover. But even the earliest books have decorative covers: Illuminated texts like The Book of The Kells, might have given people the […]Read More Evolution of a Book Cover
We went to see The Hobbit last night. Some of you know that I call my husband ‘my hobbit,’ so this movie and anything dedicated to the hobbits in JRR Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth will always be extra special to me and mine. There may be spoilers ahead. You are warned. If there is […]Read More What The Hobbit Teaches Us About American Values
I made a promise, Mr Frodo. A promise. “Don’t you leave him Samwise Gamgee.” And I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings (movie) Since the Hobbit is coming out this week, I thought I’d dedicate my American Values series to Tolkien’s world and the values that […]Read More What Lord of The Rings Teaches Us About Integrity
In a continuation of my defense of the Disney Princess, and along the lines of why classic fantasy (along with the classic sidekick), I thought I would address the importance of the “Happy Ending.” Many of you are well aware that classic fairy tales do not have a happy ending. Grimm’s Fairy Tales come from […]Read More In Defense of Happily Ever Afters
Why does a hero need a sidekick? I think we can sum this up PERFECTLY by going to the first story to introduce a sidekick: The Creation Genesis Chapter 2 20 …. but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon […]Read More Evolution of a Sidekick – Why Does A Hero Need One?
With my Kindle addiction growing–the text to speech has turned me into a virtual bookworm–I thought it might be a good idea to blog my top ten book list. This list is based on the amount of times I have read the books – therefore, the top book is the book I’ve read the most […]Read More Top Ten Book List