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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey… The Second TV Spot

Yet another TV Spot to get nerds like me all excited? Yes please!  That’s right.  Thanks to the wonders of Youtube, we now have the second TV spot for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  After watching this one, the nerdy cockles of my heart are fluttering. (Do cockles flutter?)  Now we only have to wait until December 14th and the beginning of the… beginning can start?  Hopefully, this does not go with the tradition of prequels that we have endured. (Star Wars and Prometheus)  I have a lot of hope and faith in Peter Jackson.  I just hope that it is not put toward the wrong person.  Are you as excited about the Hobbit as me?  Let me know what you think.  In the coming weeks, I will be sharing how I will be preparing myself.

Happy viewing,

J.R.

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It’s 2012… So What?

So what?! How dare I! 2012 should, actually, be a great year. (If you ignore that whole end of the world thing). There are a few things that have me more excited than anything else. “But what could those be?”, you may be asking. So in true nerd fashion, I have a list of things I can’t wait for.

1. My wedding- OK, I know most of you could care less about this event. In fact, some may complain that it has nothing to do with fantasy. Think of it this way. I am an extreme nerd. My wife to be is both hot, and a nerd. To me this is a real life fantasy. (OK, that was pretty sappy. But it may earn me brownie points.).

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- What is there not to be excited about? Not only are we getting return appearances from many beloved cast members of Lord of the Rings, but we also get to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo. We can just say this movie will be a home run. Oh yeah, let’s not forget that Peter Jackson is, once again, taking the helm. The most exciting actor for me is Mr. Martin Freeman. We’ve seen him rise from a costar in “Ali G Indahouse” to everyone’s favorite second to last human in “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. (Let’s not forget his roles in “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”.). Most recently, I’ve enjoyed his portrayal of Dr. John Watson in the BBC series, Sherlock. (It’s in Netflix. You should watch it). He may have been a comedic actor for most of his career, but it will be a treat to see him in such an important role.

3. Game of Thrones: Season 2- What more needs to be said? HBO makes great shows and this has been a delight. The casting is perfect and the story is, obviously, fantastic. This series sticks to the books so well, it may be a better adaptation than the Starz series of Pillars of the Earth. (Loved that show too). Having read the series, I promise this season will be epic. (unless they royally screw the pooch). Prepare yourself for more Tyrion and Daenerys. Let’s just hope the ratings stay up so we can get the whole story. (Please don’t pull another Rome HBO)

4. Cubs World Series- OK, another non-fantasy excitement. Though it is just as unlikely as finding one ring to rule them all. Since the world is supposed to end on December 21st, it would only make sense for it to be the year the Cubs win the World Series.

If you are still reading this, thank you, and let me know what you’re most excited about for 2012. Maybe it’s on my list, or maybe it should have been. I can’t wait to hear what you can’t wait for.

J.R.

P.S. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It was a busy Holiday season. I can’t believe we are in month four of the blog. Thank you to all of my readers.


Samwell Tarly and Samwise Gamgee?

Sometimes I wonder what books an author uses for their inspiration.  I’m using quite a few on the novel I am working on.  In “A song of Ice and Fire” I couldn’t help but notice a fun, chubby, craven character named Samwell Tarly.  As I read his description and the story that he goes through in the first four books I began thinking of another Sam from a great epic novel.  That is right, I speak of no other than Samwise Gamgee, or Samwise Gardner.  Sam was also a fat, little, scared character who won our hearts.  When I pictured Samwell, I even pictured Samwise.

These small similarities may not be enough to have a definitive decision, but it is enough for a homage to Tolkien by a writer who wants to try to “change the genre”.  And I can’t take that away from him.  The story telling style of George R.R. Martin, which randomly follows the most characters that I have ever seen, truly has changed it.  The way he tells a story makes you feel for each of the characters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this was truly done on purpose by Mr. Martin, it could be great news for the fans of the R+L=J conspiracy.  In Lord of the Rings, Samwise is the plucky sidekick of the book’s biggest hero. (Frodo)  With that in mind, it could be safe to say that the best friend who Samwell shows unconditional loyalty to could also be the “hero” when all is said and done.  Does this mean John Snow really is the blood of the dragon?  Maybe he’ll be riding one with Dany by the end of the series.

Maybe HBO should have tried to have Sean Astin reprise one of his greatest roles.(Give me a break, he was Mikey and Rudy afterall)  You can also look at the author’s name.  Is there something to this R.R. middle name?  Maybe it’s time for me to change my middle name to further my writing career.

J.R.(R.?)