Again, On Shire Reckoning

I’ve been asked if my Shire Reckoning WordPress plug-in would ever be available as a WordPress widget. As of today, it is. Installation is a snap. Download the .zip file. Extract the file and upload it to your widgets directory. Activate the Shire Widget plug-in. Then on your widget management screen, drag it to yourContinue reading “Again, On Shire Reckoning”

On a Pointless Quest

And there was much rejoicing! I found a Windows binary for PernAngband! Okay, okay. Most of you reading this are probably saying to yourself, “Huh? Wha? Who?” PernAngband. There’s a computer game called Angband. It’s a text-based dungeon crawl, a Rogue-like game similar to Hack and NetHack, a descendant of Rogue and Moria. Where HackContinue reading “On a Pointless Quest”

On Fantasy Archetypes

As seen on Keith’s LiveJournal: What Fantasy Archetype Are you?  The Unlikely HeroYou are the Unlikely Hero! Others like you are Frodo (Lord of The Rings), Young Aurthur (arthurian Legend), Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Peter/Susan/Edmund/Lucy (Narnia), Richard Mayhew (Neverwhere), Harry Potter (Harry Potter) and Richard Cypher (Wizard’s first Rule). You were happy to just liveContinue reading “On Fantasy Archetypes”

On Revisiting The Third Age

My recent musings on EA’s video game Lord of the Rings: The White Council and its possible cancellation put me in a Tolkien gaming mood. I wanted to play a Lord of the Rings video game, I wanted to mercilessly kill Orc after Orc, but which game to play? I settled on The Third Age,Continue reading “On Revisiting The Third Age”

On Lord of the Rings: The White Council

From about the time Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring released in theaters in December 2001 until about the time Lord of the Rings: Return of the King had its extended edition DVD release I visited at least once a day. Maybe for the latest rumor on the films, maybe for the latestContinue reading “On Lord of the Rings: The White Council”

On Rick Santorum's Faulty Analogy

Pennsylvania’s junior Senator, Rick Santorum, spoke recently about Iraq and terrorism: Santorum said that the United States has avoided terrorist attacks at home over the past five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been focused on Iraq instead. “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhereContinue reading “On Rick Santorum's Faulty Analogy”

On The Hobbit film

Some interesting news today. Posted at, quoting a Variety article: Over the next few years, MGM is planning to release half a dozen films, some in the $150 million to $200 million-plus range. Studio is ready to unveil such high-profile projects as “Terminator 4”; one or two installments of “The Hobbit,” which Sloan hopesContinue reading “On The Hobbit film”

On New Lord of the Rings DVDs

In August New Line will be releasing new editions of the three Lord of the Rings films on DVD. From a report at DVD Active: Each set will carry both the theatrical and extended versions of the film (via seamless branching), while disc two features an intimate, never-before-seen documentary created by Costa Botes. The feature-lengthContinue reading “On New Lord of the Rings DVDs”