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Fan Buzz Helps Pave the Way For Launch of Fantasy Network

The Fantasy Network, a joint venture of Legendarium Media friends The Forge Studios, along with Arrowstorm Entertainment and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment, is set to launch in  2017. The Network is setting itself up to be a one stop shop for all things fantasy, from syndicated, to new, and original content. Each partner will be contributing their own libraries of content ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Bamfurlong Cabbage”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar When Mrs. Maggot wants her humble cabbage to be a little more special, she breaks out some wine and Herbes de Provence in this delicious side dish which can be paired with many of your favorite recipes. Perhaps she partakes a bit of a tipple of that wine when she cooks. Sometimes she might even add ...

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REVIEW: Blade Runner 2049

Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner helped me understand humanity. The film is rightly lauded for its detailed world-building and hypnotic score, but it is also a philosophical treatise about human identity (seriously, Ridley Scott’s oeuvre has spawned a whole academic subfield). Humans unfortunately have a tendency to tribalism, defining some members of the species as sufficiently worthy of respect while excluding ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Solid Farmhouse Fare”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m sure Mrs. Maggot would be fond of this convenient, rib-sticking casserole. It would utilize many of those lovely root vegetables from her well-tended garden. She (or you) might assemble the dish in the morning or even the night before she expects company. You’d want to cover and refrigerate it overnight and take it out about ...

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REVIEW: You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones

Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones just wrapped up, but the speculation and commentary still rages on. A few weeks ago, I reviewed a book about medieval warfare in Game of Thrones. This time, I take a look at You Win or You Die: The Ancient World of Game of Thrones by Ayelet Haimson Lushkov, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Texas ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Maggot’s Mighty Bacon Mushroom Dish”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Now we come to Bamfurlong, which belongs to Famer Maggot and his family. The farm is guarded by some vicious canines named Grip, Fang, and Wolf. Here, the hobbits are treated to a bustling dinner for fourteen. Tolkien writes, “a generous supper was laid on the large table. […] There was beer in plenty, and a ...

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REVIEW: Game of Thrones and the Medieval Art of War

Like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings mythology, George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is set in a world that looks like – and is clearly inspired by – our Middle Ages, but isn’t actually set in Europe between the fall of Rome and the Renaissance. Instead, Game of Thrones takes place in a fantastical world in which winters last a generation and magic is ...

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REVIEW: War for the Planet of the Apes

Many things about the past few years have shocked me. 2007 me would never have believed that George Lucas would sell Star Wars to Disney, that I would come to love my cell phone, or that Donald Trump would win the 2016 presidential election. Most surprising of all, 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes reboot is the best movie trilogy ...

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Narnia Menu: “Prince Rilian’s Pigeon Pie”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar In a Dark Castle in The Silver Chair, Jill, Scrubb, and Puddleglum encounter a mysterious, yet annoyingly charming nonetheless, Knight. He treats them to a feast of “pigeon pie, cold ham, salad, and cakes.” He is obviously spellbound and tells his guests that he will “turn into the likeness of a great serpent, hungry, fierce, and ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Red Book Comfort Soup”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I like to imagine that the recently-nine-fingered Frodo Baggins would whip up a pot of this oh-so-savory soup and enjoy it while writing his memoirs. It’s got plenty of his favorite mushrooms, enough bacon to satisfy any hobbit, and plenty of spinach to give him much-needed strength. Please follow this link to my blog for the ...

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