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Middle-earth Menu: “Hearty Lunch Pie”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar When visitors come to Bamfurlong, Mrs. Maggot likes to serve her “healthier” version of a classic shepherd’s pie. It’s healthier because of the spinach, which is straight out of her garden. Make Maggot’s “Mini-Mashers” first, or buy a 24-ounce container of ready-made mashed potatoes and add an egg to it. Or you could use 3 cups ...

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The Last Jedi and Me

In the weeks since I shared my first impressions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII has become the most divisive film in the Star Wars canon. Professional reviewers, who tend to prioritize the acting and themes in a film, have overwhelmingly praised the way director Rian Johnson deconstructs Star Wars tropes and subverts expectations. By contrast, fans, who ...

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First Impressions of The Last Jedi through other Sci-Fi

The Legendarium team is excited about Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s success! Then again, most people predicted it would go beyond our expectations. Here’s what Legendarium contributor Dom Nardi has to say about the latest installment from a galaxy far, far away: One of my biggest critiques of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was that it relied too much on nostalgia. At times, ...

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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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