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Greisinger Opening Ceremony (Part 4)

Don’t adventures ever have an end?  Well I could easily go well beyond four parts for the reports of my visit to the Greisinger Museum in Jenins, Switzerland.  Yet I think this tale is now best told in picture, music and video.  And what better day to wrap up my tales than on Hobbit Day itself?!  September 22, 2013 – ...

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Greisinger Opening Ceremony (Part 3)

There is nothing like having second or even first breakfast in Switzerland, especially when the morning headlines feature a merrier world. The long awaited day had come; the opening ceremony of the Greisinger Museum.  After my journey with the wolfish dog, and a fine breakfast, it was time to don my viking tunic and get to Bag-end.  Another exceptionally hot ...

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Greisinger Museum Opening Ceremony (Part 2)

As the sun was throwing fewer beams of warm light through the panes of Bilbo’s windows, now settling behind the tall mountains of the west, I began to hear guests congregating outside.  Party business interrupted what would have surely been a nap at Bilbo’s desk. There is a certain fellowship one feels even among seeming strangers at events like these, ...

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Greisinger Museum Opening Ceremony (Part 1)

Adventures make one late for dinner among other things, but I trust that I am not too late in writing this report, for many aspects of this particular adventure had to end before I could begin.  Originally I was going to live broadcast video from the opening.  Alas; amid the bustle of party planning, we had a hard time getting ...

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Game of Thrones from the Bell Tower

Looking for a college?  How about one that plays Game of Thrones theme music through their stone bell tower? This recent YouTube vid from the University of Wisconsin states, “The Game of Thrones theme music performed by Lyle Anderson on the UW-Madison Carillon. The carillon was originally dedicated in 1936 and has 56 bells ranging in size from 15 to ...

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New Book on The Hobbit Crisis

In the years that have followed since the release of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” films, many fans eagerly hoped to see J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit adapted for the big screen. Initially standing in the way of progress was the lawsuit between Jackson and New Line Cinema, throughout which both parties swore they would never again work together. ...

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Iron Maiden's Trooper Beer

Well it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with a fine ale and energetic music?  What kind of music do you like to listen to while enjoying a tasty refreshment?  There are a lot of fantasy & sci-fi fans that order their musical refreshment in a metallic fashion, hard and heavy as in IRON MAIDEN!  Well ...

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The Artwork of Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta was an American artist known primarily for his fantasy-based artwork. His work has graced the covers of many books and magazines, as well as movie posters. While he didn’t do much work surrounding Tolkien, he did produce a series of illustrations for The Lord of the Rings (which are some of my all-time favorite pieces of artwork). He was born ...

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The Tolkien Professor Weighs in on Fan Reactions to Hobbit Film

The Tolkien Professor Weighs in on Fan Reactions to Hobbit Film December 30, 2012 – Dover, DE. It should come as no surprise that, at least among devoted fans, the recent release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (one-third of Peter Jackson’s film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s book) is making waves. The movie has triggered strong reactions, with book fans ...

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Olsen and Beagle and Tolkien, Oh My!

This just in from Trish Lambert! Olsen and Beagle and Tolkien, Oh My! Mythgard Institute’s First Annual Mythmoot will be all Hobbit, all the time… It was a real problem. After listening to The Tolkien Professor for years, including this year’s Riddles in the Dark ‘cast conjecturing about Peter Jackson’s new film, I knew too much. There was no way ...

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