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“Goldberry Riverdaughter” has been her friends’ and families’ resident book nerd since reading the Tao of Pooh at age eight. Since then her literary exploration has lead her straight to Lord of the Rings where she’s made her home. In addition to a staff reporter for Legendarium, she also runs Hells Hobbits. She has a degree in History, as well as a new-found penchant for disassembling literary canon. She lives with her equally nerdy husband and two gigantic cats enjoying table top games & cosplay.

Fredegar "Fatty" Bolger: Unsung Hero of the Shire

For Tolkien fans who have only seen film interpretations or haven’t read The Lord of the Rings recently, the name Fatty Bolger probably doesn’t mean much. Fatty is one of the residents of the Shire who plays “Sir Not Appearing in This Film.” And I think that’s too bad. He’s one of Frodo’s closest friends. He protected Frodo’s secret. He ...

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"Of Dice and Men" Movie Review

Its no secret I’m a gamer. I’m also a skeptic of representation (or rather lack thereof) of nerd culture in media. So I didn’t know how to feel about a movie about D&D players. I’ve seen all the D&D movies. Most are hilariously bad. And the Tom Hanks classic Mazes and Monsters was specifically produced to help vilify table-top role ...

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Interview with The Riddles of the Hobbit Author Adam Roberts

 The Riddles of The Hobbit by Adam Roberts asks many questions including What are the riddles in The Hobbit? Why are there riddles in The Hobbit? What’s so interesting about riddles? And, What exactly is a Hobbit? I had the opportunity to interview Professor Roberts via email because I was, alas, unable to interview him at Royal Holloway University, London ...

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Strange 8 by K.L. Nappier

Strange 8 by K.L. Nappier is an exciting collection of eight short stories that have been inspired by folk lore and faerie tales readers will know well. Each story has a wonderfully different narrative voice, a different setting, and each will have you shouting, “Oh, no way!” with that last little twist at the end. I particularly enjoyed the strength ...

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Halloween: Geek Costumes with Ivy Patricksdaughter

I had the pleasure of having an email interview with Ivy Patricksdaughter, the costume designer of Geek Costumes and a Lord of the Rings fan.   Goldberry: You have beautiful Eowyn and Faramir costumes. Are they your favourite Tolkien characters? What draws you to this pair?    Ivy Patricksdaughter: Thank you for both costumes. My favourite character from the book is Eowyn, ...

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It’s Halloween! Why do we Costume?

Living the Nerd Life is closely associated with dressing up. Hobbit Day, May the Fourth, conventions, and LARPing. Halloween is the excuse “ordinary people” use to join us in the world of costumes. By why only dress up one day a year? In my house both my husband and I have theme birthday parties with costumes, movies, and cake and ...

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"The Greater Good" a Harry Potter Fan Film

I had the pleasure to interview film-maker Justin Zagri about his most recently released project “The Greater Good” a fanfilm featuring characters and events from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. GB: Can you briefly describe the setting and context for “The Greater Good”? Justin Zagri: “The Greater Good” is the story about when young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald had their ...

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"Nerd Talk": I Understood That Reference

The conversation began when The AV Club and Ars Technica gave less-than-great reviews to the TNG episode “Darmok.” The reviewers don’t appreciate the species that communicates through references and metaphors. The commenters on the articles and my friends were flabbergasted. How can one not have an inherent appreciation for Darmok? As the commenters point out (and yes, I’m actually encouraging ...

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How to Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion”

The Silmarillion is my favourite of Tolkien’s work. I love the vaulted language, the imagery, the intertwining of everyone’s fate, and the dark magic that encompasses the whole work. For many fans reading The Silmarillion is more like doing anthropological research than reading a fantasy novel. Its a denser read than The Lord of the Rings and definitely more so ...

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The Land of Dragor: The Gift of Charms

The first installment in a new fantasy series The Land of Dragor The Gift of Charms by Julia Suzuki was released at the beginning of September. The Gift of Charms marvelously reinvents the dragon fantasy novel by placing the dragons in the places of the main characters and the humans as the unknown and dangerous creatures. Instead of the more ...

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