Dragonlance Re-Read: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight — Part 4

The action heats up substantially in Dragons of Autumn Twilight as my re-read reaches Xak Tsaroth and chapters 13 through 16 and we finally encounter dragons. Not only is there a noticeable increase in action, but Hickman and Weis also manage to increase the emotional payload as well.
"I left Goldmoon. I returned to find Chieftain's Daughter"

The Story So Far

The Heroes of the Lance are camped not far from the ruins of Goldmoon and Riverwind's tribe. They're somewhat shell shocked by the… Continue reading...

Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

This is the first book in a trilogy called The First Lawand I should stress that it is not in itself a complete story. In fact, in many ways it reads more like a  prologue. A coming together of the cast and setting the stage before the story itself gets going.

That’s being a little harsh perhaps, but I didn’t find it a satisfying experience to read just this book so it’s worth noting. Be prepared to invest in all three books. And it is probably worth your time reading all three because this one has a lot to recommend it.

Now right before reading The Blade… Continue reading...

Middle-Earth Fan Art - The Seaport of Umbar

While Tolkien fleshed out the north western corner of Middle-Earth in meticulous detail, he had much less to say about the south and east.  We get a few references here and there from characters in The Lord of the Rings and they are references in the Appendices. We learn a little bit more in The Silmarillion but they are a fairly blank slate. One of the locations that is mentioned though is the port city of Umbar which is where the Corsairs sail from to attack Minas Tirith. With such scant material… Continue reading...

This Gandalf Tattoo Is All Kinds of Wonderful

First of all... it's a Gandalf tattoo and let's face it Gandalf is just ridiculously cool. But also I really like the style of the artwork here. It has an old fashioned look to it that's just appropriate for Tolkien's work. Also that ribbon of smoke coming from the pipe and winding around Gandalf looks great. Although... I am a bit creeped out by the lack of iris or pupils in his eyes. Source: FYeahTattoos.com. Continue reading...

Alternate Smaug Designs From WETA

So, as is common in the movie industry, WETA considered a variety of different designs for Smaug before settling on what we got to see in The Hobbit movies. And designer Andrew Baker has posted a big batch of those designs on his blog under the heading Smaug Fails. Looking at what he has posted, I think it's safe to say that he's being self-deprecating on this one. Not all of the designs would have fit the style of the movie certainly. And some wouldn't have captured the right feel for Smaug.… Continue reading...