Film Review

Tolkien - the film (some spoilers)

I happened to catch sight of an advert for this film on the side of a bus as I was driving my youngest to his child minder last Tuesday morning. On a whim, I decided to take the littluns to the cinema to see it this afternoon/evening as it was only a 12a certificate and they know I love the books and films.I was not sure what to expect to be honest as the Tolkien estate have not given their consent to it and the only review I have read so far panned it (and the reviewer hadn't even seen the film!); well, more like they panned the writing and directing team due to the nature of their prior works.I watched it with an open mind in the hope that I might learn something about the life of professor Tolkien. The film mostly concentrated on his childhood, the love he had for his wife, and how he worked his way through school where he met his friends and gained a place at university. The story is mostly told as flashbacks from his time in the trenches.Of the many things I really liked about the film was the imagery in

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Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series

Rumours had it that the new TV series about to be produced by Amazon was to be set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and focus on a young Aragorn, but it may well be set way before then ... in the Second Age if the latest released map and stories circulating the blogosphere are anything to go by.As can be seen from the map above, Numenor still exists. It hasn't been sunk, Atlantis style, yet. This can only mean a story set when Sauron is walking the earth in his "friendly" style and sweet talking the various races into their own enslavement of the One Ring by crafting their own sets of Rings of Power.This could prove to be rather fortuitous for us gamers as I am sure that there will be a whole new raft of heroes and heroines to meet, as well as new races of people to greet, on our tabletops. The vista of new gaming stuff could be as boundless as those conjured up by Peter Jackson et al, New Line and Games Workshop for the Third Age trilogy of films. Let's hope we have a new Renaissance in gaming Lo

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