29th Aug 2014

melkorwashere:

Sauron being evil through the ages (em,sorry for my english)

1) The Years of the Lamps - Mairon (future Sauron) is one of Aule’s smiths and Melkor’s spy among ainur first on Almaren,then in Valinor. 

2) The Years of the Trees - The Years of the Sun,450-s of the First Age. Sauron-Gorthaur the Cruel is Melkor’s right hand,the most powerful of his servants, beloved maia (c) wikipedia, sorcerer, shapeshifter, master of ghosts and illusions, lord of Melkor’s Werevolves and commander of Angband. Still beautiful, already has cat-eyes, his hair became more red,as fire and gold - Melkor’s elements.

3) ”True” form, End of the First Age - Second Age,until the downfall of Numenor. After battle on Tol-in-Gaurhoth Sauron was not in favor, and after War of Wrath he lost his master Melkor. He refused to return to Valinor with Eonwe and stayed in Middle Earth. For 600 years he begin to slowly lose his mind. His hair became gray and his beauty faded away.

4) End of the Second Age. Sauron dies during downfall of Numenor. His spirit can’t take a ”fair” form anymore - since this moment his physical form became horrible. 

My fascination with Sauron continues.  I think there’s something so interesting about his character, and I really can’t explain why.  Maybe I find the slow decline of beauty as it is corroded by power so intriguing, as well as the concept of Sauron’s vanity being a debilitating fatal flaw.

28th Aug 2014
Snitch by IrishManReynolds
This is the first time the snitch appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:


Wood reached into the crate and took out the fourth and last ball. Compared with the Quaffle and the Bludgers, it was tiny, about the size of a large walnut. It was bright gold and had little fluttering silver wings. 

This is a great illustration of a snitch, but it being black and white is, in my opinion, key.  Details are what make novels rich and enjoyable, but when adapting a film from a book, details can also be a huge detriment when they aren’t attended to.  
In the films:


How it should have been:

Snitch by IrishManReynolds

This is the first time the snitch appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

Wood reached into the crate and took out the fourth and last ball. Compared with the Quaffle and the Bludgers, it was tiny, about the size of a large walnut. It was bright gold and had little fluttering silver wings. 

This is a great illustration of a snitch, but it being black and white is, in my opinion, key.  Details are what make novels rich and enjoyable, but when adapting a film from a book, details can also be a huge detriment when they aren’t attended to.  

In the films:

How it should have been:

27th Aug 2014

butfili:

thank you, peter jackson!

Thank you for making the stories we love, that in some ways are a part of us, come to life in such a perfect and wonderful way.

26th Aug 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – review

My favorite quote in this article was this:

it’s not about Tolkien, it’s Tolkien-plus-Jackson, of course. It’s morphed into something new.”

I am a notorious purist when it comes to films adapted from books.  I will admit that I am irritatingly meticulous and require details to be precise and accurate.  Perhaps that’s actually one of the reasons I loved The Lord of the Rings so much: I saw the films before I read the books.  Yes, I will openly admit it (although I read The Hobbit before I saw “The Lord of The Rings” films).  

My favorite scene in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” was the barrel scene.  For one, I think the choreographers in these films are amazing.  They always come up with new and clever ideas for fight scenes that are both entertaining and humorous with just a dash of badassery.  Undoubtedly some absolute purists will be upset that the barrel scene was transformed into a fighting scene, however, some who still consider themselves purists may also really enjoy it.  

I think this fact speaks volumes about Peter Jackson’s filmmaking prowess.  If you can take a work like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings that has such a huge cult following, and add something to it that isn’t just acceptable, but that is awesome, and that nearly all degrees of fans really enjoy, well that’s certainly something special. 

25th Aug 2014

I was just browsing Patrick Rothfuss’ website, and I came across The Tinker’s Packs, the online website for Kingkiller Chronicle merchandise.

I was speculating about what Denna’s ring might look like, and then I found it on the website.  It’s beautiful, and it’s great to see Rothfuss-approved designs that give us some insight into his own creative genius, but I sometimes wonder about selling book merchandise directly from the author.  In a way, the merchandise blots out the reader’s own ability for creative thought.

Initially, I had thought that Denna’s pale blue stone might be a little in the rough (just as she is, in some ways, a diamond in the rough).  I imagined her ring a bit more like one of these—though a little more polished and refined

My point, though, is that in some ways the merchandise has the ability to rob readers of the creative process if the author puts out definitive concrete examples of the subject matter.  

Hopefully anyone with a decent imagination should be able to overcome a minor setback in the creative process like this, but it’s definitely food for thought.

24th Aug 2014
hypable:

Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Stay made headlines last month when she quoted Albus Dumbledore at her family’s memorial, and now a report suggests J.K. Rowling responded in the best way possible.
On July 9, Stay’s uncle shot her mother, father, and four younger siblings when he entered their home and wasn’t given the location of his ex-wife. Stay was the only survivor of the shooting because she reportedly played dead after a bullet hit her finger and grazed her skull.
At the memorial service three days after the horrific incident, Stay gave a speech and quoted Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,’” she said to an audience of supporters. “I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca and Zach are in a much better place and that I’ll be able to see them again one day.”
Read Rowling’s response at Hypable.com

This is really touching, and shows (by extension) what great literature can do.  I say by extension because the excerpt actually isn’t correct.  The quote that Cassidy Stay used in her speech is actually from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”—the film.  It doesn’t actually appear anywhere in the book, but the character of Dumbledore in the novels clearly inspired Steve Kloves to write the line into his screenplay.  Once again, bravo, J.K. Rowling, for bringing us magic and wonder to hold on to at the most heartbreaking and difficult junctures of our lives.

hypable:

Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Stay made headlines last month when she quoted Albus Dumbledore at her family’s memorial, and now a report suggests J.K. Rowling responded in the best way possible.

On July 9, Stay’s uncle shot her mother, father, and four younger siblings when he entered their home and wasn’t given the location of his ex-wife. Stay was the only survivor of the shooting because she reportedly played dead after a bullet hit her finger and grazed her skull.

At the memorial service three days after the horrific incident, Stay gave a speech and quoted Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,’” she said to an audience of supporters. “I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca and Zach are in a much better place and that I’ll be able to see them again one day.”

Read Rowling’s response at Hypable.com

This is really touching, and shows (by extension) what great literature can do.  I say by extension because the excerpt actually isn’t correct.  The quote that Cassidy Stay used in her speech is actually from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”—the film.  It doesn’t actually appear anywhere in the book, but the character of Dumbledore in the novels clearly inspired Steve Kloves to write the line into his screenplay.  Once again, bravo, J.K. Rowling, for bringing us magic and wonder to hold on to at the most heartbreaking and difficult junctures of our lives.

23rd Aug 2014

lackeyson:

'It was nine years after Thráin had left his people that I found him, and he had then been in the pits of Dol Guldur for five years at least. I do not know how he endured so long, nor how he had kept these things hidden through all his torments. I think that the Dark Power had desired nothing from him except the Ring only, and when he had taken that he troubled no further, but just flung the broken prisoner into the pits to rave until he died.'

-Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 3, The Quest of Erebor: Appendix

I found this excerpt in The Unfinished Tales, but after meticulously scanning all of the Dol Guldur scenes in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” I wasn’t able to find these gif sets anywhere.  Were these created for the passage, or am I missing something? And in either case, is that actually Thrain attacking Gandalf?

16th Aug 2014

Sevens?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Elodin to Kvothe

“Do you know the seven words that will make a woman love you?”

“It is a word. Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”

Kvothe to Denna

"One of the masters at the University once told me that there were seven words that would make a woman love you.” I made a deliberately casual shrug. “I was just wondering what they were.”

Denna to Kvothe

“Looks like I’m destined to be loveless.”
“There you go with seven words again,” she said with a smile. “You do realize you always do that?”

“That’s the first thing you said to me. I was just wondering why you’re here.  My seven words. I’ve been wondering the same thing for so long.”

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Brom to Eragon

"'It is the way of things ... I must. Will you take my blessing?' 
Eragon bowed his head and nodded, overcome. Brom placed a trembling hand on his brow.
'Then I give it to you May the coning years bring you great happiness.' He motioned for Eragon to bend closer. Very quietly, he whispered seven words from the ancient language, then even more softly told him what they meant.
'That is all I can give you... Use them only in great need.'"

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Seven Books

Seven Years at Hogwarts

A seven Part Soul (Horcruxes)

Seven players on a quidditch team

Seven is the age most magical abilities reveal themselves

Vault 713 (Sorcerer’s Stone)

Seven galleons for Harry’s wand

Gryffindor common room is on the 7th floor

Seven bottles in Snape’s logic problem

Seven Weasley children

Harry was born on the 7th month

Harry marries the 7th child in the Weasley family

There is a chapter called The Seven Potters

Wizards come of age at 17

Seven obstacles to the sorcerer’s stone

Seven individuals attacked by the basilisk

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone”

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Numerology

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I would really like to look more into this.  I’ve dreamed for a while about finding a cohesive way to write a paper on numbers in fantasy literature.  Obviously it would require a lot more research into Numerology and numerical symbolism, but maybe the thread of sevens that runs through all of these works is the beginning of that.

Any other sevens that I’m missing?

15th Aug 2014
stairwaytoheavenandhell:

MINDBLOWN one more time

Lets clarify:
7 horcruxes
the diary
the ring
the locket
the cup
the diadem
Nagini
Harry
and the (very unstable) fragment of soul living in Voldemort, which makes an 8 part soul
And I thought it was an infinity..like because of imortality..
But to be fair, this isn’t Rowling’s original design of The Dark Mark.  The artwork she actually approved for her novels in the US has illustrations of the Dark Mark that look like this:

The artwork for the US books is done by Marie GrandPré.  This is the artwork for chapter 27 “The Lightning-Struck Tower’” in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
As you can see, this design doesn’t include an 8 or an ∞, so it’s not completely fair to say that Rowling hid subliminal symbolism in the Dark Mark.  There also may be different illustrations in international books with different artists.  Plus, I’m not sure to what degree she collaborated with the WB on this rendering of the Dark Mark, so I don’t think this post is completely accurate.

stairwaytoheavenandhell:

MINDBLOWN one more time

Lets clarify:

7 horcruxes

  1. the diary
  2. the ring
  3. the locket
  4. the cup
  5. the diadem
  6. Nagini
  7. Harry

and the (very unstable) fragment of soul living in Voldemort, which makes an 8 part soul

And I thought it was an infinity..like because of imortality..

But to be fair, this isn’t Rowling’s original design of The Dark Mark.  The artwork she actually approved for her novels in the US has illustrations of the Dark Mark that look like this:

The artwork for the US books is done by Marie GrandPré.  This is the artwork for chapter 27 “The Lightning-Struck Tower’” in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

As you can see, this design doesn’t include an 8 or an ∞, so it’s not completely fair to say that Rowling hid subliminal symbolism in the Dark Mark.  There also may be different illustrations in international books with different artists.  Plus, I’m not sure to what degree she collaborated with the WB on this rendering of the Dark Mark, so I don’t think this post is completely accurate.

14th Aug 2014
"One morning in mid-December Hogwarts woke to find itself covered in several feet of snow. The lake froze solid and the Weasley twins were punished for bewitching several snowballs so that they followed Quirrell around, bouncing off the back of his turban."
Source:

Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 12


Hey, remember that time Fred and George Weasley bewitched a bunch of snowballs to punch Voldemort repeatedly in the face?

(via sassysnitch)

😂😂😂 And even even after selling “You No Poo” Voldemort never actually directly went after the Weasley twins.  Badasses.

13th Aug 2014

literature meme || {2/2} genres
→ Fantasy

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

In popular culture, the fantasy genre is predominantly of the medievalist form, especially since the worldwide success of The Lord of the Rings and related books by J. R. R. Tolkien. In its broadest sense, however, fantasy comprises works by many writers, artists, filmmakers, and musicians, from ancient myths and legends to many recent works embraced by a wide audience today. 

Fantasy takes a lot of elements from mythology which arises in the beginning of most cultures as a way to explain natural phenomena and the human spiritual connection with the world.  As fantasy itself as a genre comes from such vast beginnings, one might be able to say that fantasy is a descendant of the human dreams and aspirations of creation itself.

12th Aug 2014

ihave-lived-a-thousand-lives said: I really, really want some red-haired children to be born in Ademre in The Doors of Stone.. what do you think? ;)

kingkillerarchives:

Oooohohohoho! Interesting…

Really interesting idea.  This brings up the entire idea of conception in the Kingkiller Chronicle. I feel like all of us readers are sitting there looking down on the Adem because of their rejection of our idea of “man mothers,” but how much do we really know about biology in the world of the Four Corners? Could it be that we are making preconceived conjectures about the biological facilities of the characters in the novel because we identify with them and believe that they must then be biologically similar to ourselves?

Is the culture that is familiar to us really barbarous like the Adem believe? Are they the true representation of civilization? Kvothe finds that there are nuggets of truth in the Ademic culture, so couldn’t this be correct too?  We reject it automatically because it isn’t true for us, but what if Rothfuss is calling us to recognize and examine our own arrogance as readers, and to disassociate us with familiar concepts?

I’ve also wondered if perhaps the Adem idea that a woman “ripens” and produces children at a certain time of the year could be due to some environmental and biological underlying factors.  Perhaps regularly the Adem women do not produce children because their Ketan keeps their body fat percentage low enough that they do not menstruate.  If this is true, perhaps also in Ademre the weather becomes so fierce during a part of the year that they are not able to practice their Ketan outside (remember that for the most part Ketan is practiced outside, and the Adem houses are very small), and from lack of exercise the women’s body chemistry changes, menstruation resumes, and these factors permit them to have children—or cause them to “ripen.”

Of course, redheaded children in Ademre would directly contradict this theory of mine, so I’m excited to see either way what happens!

12th Aug 2014
picsandquotes:

Genie, you’re free.

I saw this and it was just too much. I know I already posted one about Robin Williams, and again, it’s not strictly Fantasy Literature, but in some ways it is.  Technically Aladdin is an adaptation of a tale taken from Tales From 1001 Arabian, which involves a great deal of fantasy (though it’s usually classified as medieval literature).  The thing that touched me with this image (aside from the caption that killed me) was that I felt like I could really see Robin Williams’ face through Genie. 

picsandquotes:

Genie, you’re free.

I saw this and it was just too much. I know I already posted one about Robin Williams, and again, it’s not strictly Fantasy Literature, but in some ways it is.  Technically Aladdin is an adaptation of a tale taken from Tales From 1001 Arabian, which involves a great deal of fantasy (though it’s usually classified as medieval literature).  The thing that touched me with this image (aside from the caption that killed me) was that I felt like I could really see Robin Williams’ face through Genie. 

12th Aug 2014

Today the world lost a legend.  I think that I can effectively say that with his death, a hole was torn in everyone’s childhood, but it goes without saying that his memory will endure, living within the works he put his heart and soul into.  Although the legacy of Robin Williams does not live specifically within the realm of Fantasy Literature, he contributed in many ways to the genre of fantasy itself, and I know that I personally will remember his contributions for years to come.  It saddens me that today the world felt absence of his exceptionally bright spark of invigorating madness, but there is comfort in knowing that its light will live on in the joy that it gave all of us.  

In the words of Peter Banning of Hook (1991), “to die would be a grand adventure,” and I hope it is.

Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014

11th Aug 2014
okprongs:

MORE HARRY POTTER BOOKS

Where is feline Voldemort?
Although it would have to be a pretty dumb cat to not leave when Voldemort started blasting the place apart and killing people.. so a really old, fat, and slow Voldemort cat?

okprongs:

MORE HARRY POTTER BOOKS

Where is feline Voldemort?

Although it would have to be a pretty dumb cat to not leave when Voldemort started blasting the place apart and killing people.. so a really old, fat, and slow Voldemort cat?