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“Farewell Blue Wizard”: Artist Jef Murray Passes Away

Out of the cold of December, 2013 I walked into the lobby of the Maritime Institute of the Baltimore Conference Center and saw a smiling fellow in a trench-coat and leather ‘outback’ style hat. I was wearing the same kind of hat and instantly knew I shared an unspoken affinity with this traveler. At first meeting I did not know ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Dori’s Salmon Tartlets”

“Dori’s Salmon Tartlets” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar And now we will continue with the savory dishes served at Bilbo’s grand, but down-to-earth, tea party for his dwarf friends. Dori wore a purple hood and played the flute. Perhaps he performed in a trio with Bifur and Bofur (both of whom wore yellow hoods, incidentally), who both played clarinets. Dori is ...

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The Legend and Life of Sir Christopher Lee

Author’s note: It can sometimes be difficult to separate fact from fiction in a life as legendary as Sir Christopher Lee. The information below has been cross-examined and fact-checked to ensure accuracy.   Fans across the world mourned the recent death of Sir Christopher Lee. Beloved for his numerous film roles that included iconic performances of Dracula, Saruman, and Count ...

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Middle Earth’s Lost Poet

Middle Earth’s Lost Poet by John Evans When many of us think of J.R.R Tolkien, we recall his novels, such as The Hobbit, or the Lord of the Rings. This is only natural. His prose has forever shaped the face of modern literature. The myriad of characters, landscapes, customs, and cultures found in his imaginative works remain a trademark influence ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Fili’s Honey Almond Bars”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Fili’s Honey Almond Bars” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Fili and Kili are the sons of Dis, the daughter of Thrain II; therefore, they are nephews to Thorin II (Oakenshield). Both Fili and Kili wear blue hoods and play fiddles. Thorin cuts a fashionable rug by wearing a “sky-blue one with a long silver tassel.” You might recall that ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Belladonna Took’s Lovely Lemon Cake”

“Belladonna Took’s Lovely Lemon Cake” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar We’re going to skip over Bombur’s two requests for the moment and honor the dwarves who are asking for “more cakes—and ale—and coffee, if you don’t mind.” In my original cookbook, I envisioned this lovely lemon cake as a recipe handed down from Bilbo‘s mother, hence the name. I have pictured ...

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The Wisdom of Samwise

A hobbit simply walked onto the stage of Ballroom C in the Raleigh Convention Center. Waiting fans arrayed like a legion of orcs shook the room with a deafening ovation. “Wow,” was all Sean Astin could say at the enthusiasm of his fans. The actor, most famous for his roles in “The Goonies” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, ...

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When Movie Adaptations Miss the Point: Lord of the Rings Edition

In many film adaptations- most particularly in those with Christian themes or subtext- it is very common these days to diverge from the original intent, plot-line, or characterization of the source material. Often, it is for the purpose of cramming some new tension, conflict, or action sequence to ‘spice up’ the work. (Logic would dictate that, if it is popular ...

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Raleigh WizardWorld Comic Con Report

  On the weekend of March 13th-15th, warriors, rogues, superheroes, villains, starpilots, men and women, boys and girls, gathered at the first ever Wizard World Comic Con to open in Raleigh, NC. They braved closed-off streets and a St. Patrick’s Day parade to celebrate their fandoms by meeting other fans and their heroes. Their efforts paid off: convention goers got ...

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Kevin Sorbo Talks About Hercules, The Lord of the Rings, and More

Hercules managed to spare enough time away from bashing Hera’s monsters to attend the “Hangin’ with Hanging with Hercules” panel at Wizard World Comic Con in Raleigh, NC. Eager fans packed the room, proving that “Hercules” and “Andromeda” still entertain and evoke fond memories still. Many of the fans grew up watching the show as kids and then as young ...

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