The Hobbit: Six years on … Where are those 20 questions?

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Do you remember?

Far back in the mists of Time of early 2011, rumour spread that Peter Jackson was asking his fans to submit questions whilst the production on The Hobbit was underway. The director stated he would be going through the questions and answering 20 of them as filming took place. Continue reading

Nostalgia for The Hobbit

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It happened … again.

It’s been ages since I’ve seen any films from both Middle-earth trilogies and I’m starting to experience some side-effects from it.

Today I happened to come across the ‘Ironfoot’ track from The Battle of the Five Armies soundtrack. It brought back some strong feelings of nostalgia for The Hobbit. Continue reading

Psst! I’ve written my first book … The Trials of Sherlock Holmes

 

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The excitement is unbearable.

Okay so it’s not Middle-earth related but I felt I had to share this news.

My love for the stories of Sherlock Holmes has been duly discussed in some of my posts here. Now I can finally reveal that my first ever book will be released on June 13th! Continue reading

Peter Jackson’s Lost Masterpiece

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Crossing the Line

Exactly 9 years ago I beheld for the first time a 30-second clip.

After the initial screen display the text “extract from ‘Crossing the Line'”, several men came in view, dressed in period uniforms and huddled in a trench until receiving the order to prepare for attack.

The 30 seconds were gone and the screen faded to black. There soon appeared the words “written & directed by Peter Jackson”. Continue reading

Tolkien’s Trip to the Moon

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Inspiration from Georges Méliès …

I recently re-read Tolkien’s short story Roverandom, in which a dog is transformed into a toy and is sent on a fantastical trip to the moon and under the depths of the sea.

In many ways, it struck me how reminiscent the descriptions of the environment were to A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Mermaid (1904): two historic films pioneered by director Georges Méliès.

The 1902 work of art, synonymous with the bullet-shaped spaceship hitting the man in the moon, is certainly not an exact word-to-image description from Tolkien’s story. Yet, that sense of imagination from two world creators, not yet aware of the bareness of Earth’s natural satellite, had conjured up strikingly similar visuals for what they thought an explorer would encounter on the moon. Continue reading