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Feminine Leadership in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

Some of Tolkien’s critics have chided him for having “conventional” females in his trilogy. For example, “Why aren’t there more females in Middle Earth?” or “Why are all of the women so virginal and viewed through a soft, fuzzy lens?” First off, we must remember that Tolkien was a student of early literature, literature which reflects women as more “conventional”. ...

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New Star War Toys Revealed

As seems to be custom with any highly-anticipated release, some stores have broken the street date for new The Force Awakens merchandise (having worked in retail before I can assure you this has happened several times with other big titles such as Avengers and even Hot Wheels). Whether because of some fans getting the merchandise early and putting them up ...

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SIX Sci-Fi Short Films You Need to Watch!

With the Hollywood blockbusters such as The Avengers, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy, we can forget that these film makers started out creating short films and features. Don’t let the fact that the following short sci-fi films aren’t produced by the billion dollar studios we all have come to know, but are just as amazing as the mainstream ...

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Middle-Earth Menu: “Oin’s Chicken Walnut Puffs”

Middle-Earth Menu: “Oin’s Chicken Walnut Puffs” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar In The Hobbit, Oin wears a brown hood and does not play an instrument. After the Battle of Five Armies, however, he apparently accompanied Balin to Moria. Unfortunately for Oin, he then became a victim of the dreaded Watcher in the Water. As I was typing this, I kept thinking ...

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Covergirl and Star Wars Team Up

With the bubble of anticipation for new merchandise for The Force Awakens about to burst, Covergirl has released photos of their newest cosmetics line inspired by the upcoming Star Wars installment. No solid release date has been set, but the products are anticipated to hit store shelves sometime this fall. Photos from allure.com Is there anything that you want to ...

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HELM UP and CHARGE ON! An Interview with Full-Contact Jouster, Shane Adams

Since it’s start in 1997, The Knights of Valour have taken up the lance in one of sports most demanding and dangerous competitions – Full Contact Jousting. Jousting was a martial competition from the middle-ages that set two mounted knights against each other in sport. They used such weapons as battle axe, dagger, sword and of course, lance. There is ...

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How to Integrate Diversity into Star Wars

How to Integrate Diversity into Star Wars by Dom Nardi With new Star Wars films on the horizons, we are once again bombarded with promotional photos of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa, as well as new characters like Rey and Finn. These characters all look human, yet they lived a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far ...

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Star Wars Saga Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbooks!

Coming to shelves for a limited time on November 10 (pre-orders start on August 7), the entire Star Wars cinematic saga will be re-released on Blu-ray with new, absolutely gorgeous cover art for each film. There is a catch, though: no new material has been announced to go along with the re-release. In addition to the collectible steelbook packaging, each ...

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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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