The Movies and Stories that Inspired Dave Arneson to Invent the Dungeon Crawl — DMDavid

Around 1971 Dave Arneson and his circle of Minneapolis gamers invented games where players controlled individual characters who grew with experience and who could try anything because dice and a referee determined the outcomes. The group tried this style of play in various settings, but Dave invented one that proved irresistible: the dungeon. Dave’s Blackmoor… TheContinue reading “The Movies and Stories that Inspired Dave Arneson to Invent the Dungeon Crawl — DMDavid”

A Brace of Tolkien Posts for his 130th Birthday (#TolkienBirthdayToast) — A Pilgrim in Narnia

As J.R.R. Tolkien was born about 68,374,080 hours ago, the Tolkien Society is once again raising a toast to the Professor on his birthday, 3 January 2022 (see here). After Bilbo left the Shire on his eleventy-first birthday in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo toasted his uncle’s birthday each year, which he shared. Tolkien […]Continue reading “A Brace of Tolkien Posts for his 130th Birthday (#TolkienBirthdayToast) — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol II

A while back I waxed nostalgic about some of the video games I’ve enjoyed in the past that were set in the fantasy world created by my favourite author, J. R. R. Tolkien, and as a playful nod to the fact that both the SNES game The Lord of the Rings, Vol I and RalphContinue reading “Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol II”

The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part II

Now, as promised, here is my review and analysis of the three animated Tolkien films, Rankin/Bass‘s The Hobbit and The Return of the King, and Bakshi‘s The Lord of the Rings. And since I first watched them all in chronological order, the way they were first shown to me on network television as a child*,Continue reading “The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, Part II”

The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings

Here’s something I don’t think I’ve mentioned about myself before: I love animation. I have ever since I was a child, watching Saturday-morning cartoons on network television, and going to see Disney’s Bambi and Dumbo at the movies with my mother. So I’m a huge fan of Netflix’s Castlevania, and I’m eagerly looking forward toContinue reading “The Animated Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings”

Accidental Riddles in the Invisible Dark (Throwback Thursday, and The Hobbit Read-Along, and Hobbit Day) — A Pilgrim in Narnia

At A Pilgrim in Narnia, we have an occasional feature called “Throwback Thursday.” By raiding either my own blog-hoard or someone else’s, I find a blog post from the past and throw it back out into the digital world. This might be an idea or book that is now relevant again, or a concept I’d […]Continue reading “Accidental Riddles in the Invisible Dark (Throwback Thursday, and The Hobbit Read-Along, and Hobbit Day) — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Second Tolkien Week

Well, Tolkien Week is officially over, but that doesn’t mean that this celebration of the Professor’s masterpieces and the derivative works which sprang therefrom must necessarily end. In fact, I had so much fun last week that I’ve decided to extend my celebrations into this one, just as every film of both trilogies was dulyContinue reading “Second Tolkien Week”

Hobbit Day 2021 (Playlist)

This is a playlist I put together for my Hobbit Day celebrations this year. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have. A magical musical journey through Middle-earth in celebration of #TolkienWeek and #HobbitDay. Follow me on Twitter @StridersTable

Big comforts of Little People. — Middle-earth Reflections

Hobbits are known as hearty eaters: they love food and are not ashamed of admitting that. Hobbits are very hospitable and fond of parties where food is usually plenty. On a usual day they may take up to six meals, if they can get that many. Besides, it is very common for hobbits to grow […]Continue reading “Big comforts of Little People. — Middle-earth Reflections”

Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol I

There have been a lot of these, and there may even be one or two I don’t know about, so I’m not going to endeavour to cover them all. Instead I’ll just invite you to add your own in the comments if I left any of your favourites out. But this is a nostalgia postContinue reading “Reminiscing About Video Games Based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Vol I”