Tag: TheLord of the Rings

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5 of the Most Inspiring Princesses from Literature

As Meghan Markle prepares to officially become royalty this Saturday, we remember five of our favorite royal heroines from across the literary world. 

 

1. Mia Thermopolis – The Princess Diaries

 

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One of the most recognizable princesses in literature, Mia Thermopolis found out that she was secretly royalty when she was only 14 (15 in the Disney film adaptation). She’s one of the most badass literary princesses to date, exampled by her many accomplishments as both princess and queen.

 

2. Princess Buttercup – The Princess Bride

 

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Quite possibly one of the most underrated literary princesses, Princess Buttercup could wipe the floor with any other royal heroine. She does what she wants and doesn’t let anyone take advantage of her. Not to mention, she’s got some zesty one-liners. 

 

3. Eowyn – The Lord of the Rings

 

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Fun fact: Eowyn means horse-lover in Anglo-Saxon. One of Tolkien’s favorite characters, Eowyn is a complex princess who values family and has a strong sense of duty, charging into battle in disguise. While the movie dulled down her personality, the book version of Eowyn showcases the strong warrior she is. 

 

4. America – The Selection

 

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Like Mia, America quickly moved up the ranks from princess to queen by winning the heart of Prince Maxon. Unique, compassionate, and focused, America changed her priorities to focus on herself instead of the men in her life at the young age of 16. Learning these lessons at such a young age helped America not only thrive as queen, but teach her daughter to do the same. 

 

5. Mare – Red Queen

 

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Practically shoved into royalty, Mare’s authoritative powers come from her practically unheard of superhuman abilities. While a little secretive and described as bitter and rougher by her mother, Mare still does everything she can within her power to protect her loved ones. While battling off the Silvers and stay true to herself, she maintains her sense of humor throughout. 

 

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10 Quotes From ‘Lord of the Rings’ to Prepare for an Adventure

Sometimes you just need a little wisdom to get you through the day and, I’ll tell ya, Tolkien is one of the wisest. Here are ten quirky, optimistic, beautiful, and enlightening quotes from The Lord of the Rings trilogy that we all need. 

 

1. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”

 

2. “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it . . . White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”

 

3. “Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.”

 

4. “Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart.” 

 

5. “But in the end it’s only a passing thing, this shadow; even darkness must pass.”

 

6. “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not. It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope.”

 

7. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”

 

8. “But there, my friends, songs like trees bear fruit only in their own time and their own way: and sometimes they are withered untimely.”

 

9. “Memory is not what the heart desires. That is only a mirror.”

 

10. “If that’s being queer, then we could do with a bit more queerness in these parts.”

 

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‘Lord of the Rings’ Star Slams Upcoming Amazon Adaptation

John Rhys-Davies, who played Gimli in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, is not over-the-moon at the news of Amazon’s upcoming TV adaption of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Amazon have planned a multi-season prequel to the trilogy, having recently struck a deal with the Tolkien estate, HarperCollins and Warner Bros.

 

He told Den of Geek that he suspected ‘poor Tolkien must be spinning in his grave’ at the news. The interview suggested the making of a Lord of the Rings TV show may be ‘futile,’ since Jackson’s trilogy was ‘perfect,’ to which Rhys-Davies responded: 

 

It’s not about doing it better, it’s about making more money that’s all. If they think they can make more money, then they will. Actually I’ve got a better idea for them, or for any company – Lord Of The Rings spun-off an awful lot of imitations about elves and dwarves and things like that and I would simply buy those up and put them together and make a wonderful elvish… there was a trilogy of books that were given to me the other day by a lady author, who’d written an account of the adventures of a dwarvish lady.

 

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That would make a far more interesting account of Tolkien’s words, in a world like that. And you know there are hundreds and hundreds of young writers, who have made their contributions and if I was a well-heeled film producer, that’s where I’d be looking, because that gives more actors more chances and it’s still a great tribute to Tolkien. It costs less to make and it would be original and fresh, but then what the hell do I know!?

 

Yikes. But he may have a point. Christopher Tolkien had, in his role as manager of his father’s estate, fiercely guarded the rights to Middle-earth, however, at age ninety-two, has retired from his role in August of this year, leaving room for companies such as Amazon to cash in on the franchise. As stated in our recent article on the subject, ‘HBO has Game of Thrones, Warner Bros. has Harry Potter, and Disney has Star Wars and Marvel and Pixar and a million other things. Amazon now has Lord of the Rings.’

 

The planned adaptation will be a multi-season prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring, and will apparently feature brand new material, and will leave room for a possible spin-off series, according to Digital Spy. 

 

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7 Bookish Halloween Costumes That Did Not Need the Sexy Treatment

Every Halloween inspires a new wave of sexed-up costumes, many of which are inspired by literary characters and to that we say: stop. Just stop. We’ve compiled a list of sexy Halloween costumes that we definitely did not want to see. Number 2 is hilariously horrific. 

 

1. Sexy Pennywise the Clown (It by Stephen King) 

 

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2. Sexy Voldemort (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

 

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3. Sexy Middle Earth Dress (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)

 

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4. Sexy Dobby  (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

 

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5. Sexy Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)

 

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6. Sexy Oompa Loompa (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl) 

 

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7. Sexy Bert and Ernie  (The Ernie and Bert Book: Sesame Street by Joe Mathieu) 

 

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Get creative this Halloween and stay away from these costumes! 

 

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Accent Expert Explains Mysteries of Dothraki, Parseltongue and so Many More!

Accents vary depending what region you’re in. That’s true all over the world. It’s also true of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter.

 

Naturally, learning the ins-and-outs of any language is hard, but it’s even more difficult when the language in question isn’t real. But, of course, we’ve got you covered.

 

Master teacher and dialect coach of ten years, Erik Singer, has been teaching and coaching accents in various private, production, and business settings. His knowledge spreads over every accent you can think of, even those of your favorite characters. I can’t think of a book lover who doesn’t want to delve into every single detail of their favorite characters.

 

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Singer uses his skills to discuss the unique traits that make each language original. What language uses that guttural sound? How does a word change just by the click of your tongue? What real languages inspired these fictitious ones?

 

We’ve heard linguistic traits of both Valyrian and Dothraki courtesy of dialect expert Jan Hayon Rowles, who works on Game of Thrones. Na’vi also created a stir when Avatar first came out and Paul Frommer had to teach the cast subtle clicks and noises. My personal favorite is Sindarin and Elvish from The Lord of the Rings. Because who doesn’t want to know what the hell Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler are saying and why it sounds so heavenly? You will surely be an expert by the end of this video.

 

 

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