Is this Battle of the 5 Armies or World of Warcraft?
I‘m trying to count the armies. How do they add up to 5? No bother. When a team of elves arrives with a salad bar on wheels, it’s a trap. As always, I’ll tell you when the spoilers come.Continue reading →
Nobody knows exactly where this phrase comes from but I heard it through the grapevine that the oldest and most likely source is Ecclesiastes 10:20.
“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.”
Or it could just be a reference to carrier pigeons. Perhaps Solomon (or whoever wrote the wisdom he collected) was also thinking of carrier pigeons. Or parrots. Solomon acquired a lot of exotic things. Maybe parrots also. Continue reading →
“All the good stories deserve embellishment,” says Gandalf. In Jackson’s case, embellishment means lots of CGI and plot tangents not in the core source material, but a great story is still told. If you go see The Hobbit: A Fun Expected Journey, I cannot promise that you will come back fully happy. But if you do, you will not be the same.
I remember reading an article in the St. Austin Review that described Tolkien’s Hobbiton as an embodiment of a social philosophy known as “distributism.” G.K. Chesterton was a big proponent of it. Wendell Berry—know him? You could call him one too.
It’s basically agrarianism where everyone is a peasant and nobody is a lord. In Hobbiton, all the farms are for sustaining the community, not trading with the outside world at large. The mill is the closest thing to an industry, but once again it is for producing enough for the Shire. “Distributists were ‘greens’ before anyone had the label,” and it certainly wasn’t because they worshipped the earth or anything. As Christians, they believed not that all creation was God, but that all creation was God’s temple.