Archive for the ‘lord of the rings’ Category
Posted by Adaen of Bridgewater on February 20, 2016
Posted by Adaen of Bridgewater on December 7, 2012
One week left…And for those who aren’t aware, a medley of the soundtrack is streaming on their website, here.
Posted by Adaen of Bridgewater on November 3, 2009
In my email today, I got my monthly notification that The Guild Companion is out. For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, the Guild Companion is a free online publication that supports Rolemaster, HARP, MERP, and Spacemaster (all Iron Crown Enterprises products). Though submissions have been low for some time now, they keep chugging along. For a free, unaffiliated publication, I think they do rather well. If you’ve ever had any interest in those games, take a look. Lately, I’ve felt a little nostalgic for my Rolemaster/MERP days so I’m going to flip through the latest installment (#129) during my lunch.
Greetings from the Guild Companion,
The November issue (#129) is now available at http://www.guildcompanion.com
In this month’s issue, Dan Henry’s epic work on analysing the social
implications of Spell Law concludes with a look at Evil Mentalism,
plus we have two “alien” races in Rolemaster terms and new Bardic
items, plus musings from the Editor on Something Wicked and other
Dr Nicholas HM Caldwell, CEng CITP MBCS FRMS
General Editor for The Guild Companion
Author: Mentalism Companion, GURPS Age of Napoleon, Construct
Companion, College of Magics, HARP Sci Fi
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Posted by Adaen of Bridgewater on October 16, 2007
McKellen hopeful of end to Hobbit rift Staff and agencies
Tuesday October 16, 2007
Guardian UnlimitedSir Ian McKellen would be “very pleased” to reprise the role of Gandalf the wizard in the long-awaited adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the actor has said. US reports suggest the ongoing negotiations over the Lord of the Rings prequel may be close to being resolved. Firstly, it is understood that New Line, which backed the original trilogy, only part-owns the rights to The Hobbit, with rival studio MGM also maintaining an interest. And then there is Rings director Peter Jackson’s separate legal dispute with New Line, this time over profits from the franchise.
Sir Ian has therefore taken the opportunity to restate his claim on the wizard’s weatherbeaten hat, whether Jackson, who was at one point effectively blacklisted by New Line over the legal dispute, is able to return for the new film or not.
“I am glad to read that [The Hobbit] is looking more and more likely,” said the 68-year-old actor. “I would be disappointed if they didn’t want to have the original Gandalf. I suppose if I am still functioning and working well, it is very likely I would be asked to do it and if I were, I would be very pleased to do it.”
Sir Ian said he hoped Jackson would direct the movie, but said he had the director’s blessing to play Gandalf for someone else. “When Peter announced he had withdrawn from The Hobbit, he sent me an email saying ‘Because I am not going to do it, it doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Of course, you must play Gandalf whether I direct or not’,” said the Shakespearean actor.
Sir Ian portrayed the character in the three Lord of the Rings movies, one of the biggest box-office successes of all time, and earned a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for the part in 2002.
The Hobbit, first published In 1937, describes the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he joins Gandalf and a group of dwarves in a quest to slay a dragon. During the quest, he discovers the powerful ring that plays a central part in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian News and Media Limited 2007The Hobbit had been slated to be made shortly after Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings movies were released (relatively speaking). However, due to some disagreements with regard to funds between New Line and Peter Jackson, there’s been some delay. The situation is pretty complicated, I’m sure, but I’m finding it difficult to keep interested in the legal wrangling. Just make the freakin’ movie already.
Anyway, Sir Ian McKellan, who played Gandalf in the LotR series is still very amenable to reprising the role in a Hobbit movie….even without Peter Jackson Directing. Sir Ian, in my opinion, did a pretty good job in the role for LotR’s. Still, I can’t help but wonder how the first choice for the role (Sir Sean Connery) would have worked out. Apparently, Connery didn’t relish the idea of living for a LONG stretch of time in New Zealand (they filmed all three movies together)…I suppose the alure of Scottland kept him home. My brother and I have discussed this at length and have come to the conclusion that barring any other major changes in casting (or directing), Connery would have stolen the show.
EVEYBODY STAND BACK….I suspect that the hordes of McKellan fanboys (and girls) will be pelting me with rotten produce straight away. Its not that I don’t appreciate McKellan’s performance as Gandalf, I guess I just always saw Connery in the role (even before it came out that he’d been asked)…..I suppose that makes me a bit of a Connery Fanboy…ah well, so be it. It may interest some that Jackson seems to have agreed with me.
~Adaen of Bridgewater
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Posted by Adaen of Bridgewater on April 4, 2007
When Damianov said he was adding me to his blogroll on his Voyages in Eternity blog site, I had no idea I’d be put in a place of such prominence.
There I am between Chaosium, Inc. (RuneQuest, Call of Cthulhu, BRP, Stormbringer, Hawkmoon, etc.) and Iron Crown Enterprises (Rolemaster, Spacemaster, MERP, HARP, etc.), both of which have 25+ years designing games. I guess I’ve finally arrived. My day is here….
Look out, all you game designing choads, there’s another big dog on the blog…and this time there’s a bitch…er, a HAG involved.
In a seemingly unrelated item, I have also taken the Barrowdowns Lord of the Rings Personality Quiz with the following result:
Lord of the Rings
Based on your answers, you are most like
You were also very much like
It looks like I pretty much rule. I’m most like the rightful heir of Numenorean (aka Atlantean) Royalty. Ties right in to my master plan:
Phase I – Collect the world’s underpants, Phase III – World Domination.
Or not. Good night to all.
~Adaen of Bridgewater
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