Amazon’s the Lord of the Rings Series Will Reportedly Follow a Young Aragorn

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Late last year, it was announced that Amazon has purchased the television rights to create a TV series based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The news caused a great deal of excitement among fans and we were eager to see what aspect of the War of the Ring the series will focus on, and whether or not it will tie in to Peter Jackson’s excellent film adaptations.
Since the announcement, it has been revealed that Amazon spent a quarter of a billion dollars for the rights alone, and that’s not considering how much it will cost to create the series itself. There have also been reports that Peter Jackson has been in talks with the company about being involved the ambitious show.

Those eagerly anticipating the new show will be excited to learn that new reports suggest that the series will focus on a young Aragorn, who is a key member of the Fellowship and goes on to become the king of Gondor. The first season will apparently follow a younger Aragorn before he becomes involved with the War of the Ring.

For those who are a little rusty when it comes to their Tolkien, Aragorn is a member of the Dúnedain, who descend from a great race of men called the Númenóreans. Descendants of the Númenóreans are still mortal men, but have much longer lifespans than most. Aragorn was 210 when he died and was in 80’s during the events of The Lord of the Rings. He was raised by Lord Elrond in the Elven town of Rivendell as a child and went on to become a ranger when he came of age. As a ranger he fought in numerous battles, fell in love with Elrond’s daughter Arwen, and became a close friend of Gandalf the Grey, so there’s certainly plenty for Amazon to pick from when exploring Aragorn’s early life.

Given that it has been stated season one will follow Aragorn, that could imply that each season will focus on different characters, but that remains to be seen. It would certainly be great if Amazon’s series explored more of the backstory of characters and events featured in Jackson’s film trilogy. Would you be interested in following Aragorn’s early life? Who should play the young ranger?

Ted Hughes: in his own words

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Ted Hughes was born in Yorkshire, England on the 17th of August, 1930 and grew up in and around farmland where he learned to fish and hunt. His poetry is steeped with natural imagery, flora and fauna. The savagery of the natural world- both beautiful and violent- influenced him greatly, prompting him to use animals and nature as metaphorical devices.

Hughes’ terse yet powerful use of language, coloured by his West Riding dialect, created a hard energy to his work- emphatic but evocative, and never self-indulgent.

Watch below for a wonderful reading of The Crow by the poet himself.

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Roots Author Alex Haley Talks of the Horrors of Slavery

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Alex Haley (August 11th, 1921 – February 10th, 1992) was an American author, best known for his 1976 Pulitzer Prize winning book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, adapted to a series a year later in 1977.

While a fantastic story, Roots was not without controversy and its release was marred by accusations of plagiarism (proven to be partly true), and doubts cast on the authenticity of the family ties. Today the book is accepted to be a work of fiction, and controversy aside is still a worthy read with an important message.

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James Baldwin: in his own words.

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James Baldwin (August 2nd, 1924 – December 1st, 1987) was a writer and social critic born in New York City and grew up in Harlem, USA.

Baldwin’s courage, intelligence, and humility steered him past less successful paths and towards a meaningful life as a writer and social commenter. His essays, in collections such as Notes of a Native Son, explored race, sex, and class distinctions in the West. His writings reflected and discussed these issues he faced as a Black man but also ones he faced as a homosexual man.

His life was so full of travel, fascinating people, heartbreaking realisations, and all the while writing about his thoughts and experiences, that it is best to hear it from the man himself. It cannot be contained in a blog alone.

Watch a BBC interview with the great man next, and below find further links to purchase his essays, books, and plays.

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This ex-NFL player has a lot to say about books!

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Martellus Bennett is an ex-NFL player who retired from playing football in March. His retirement came after 10 seasons of football and making nearly $34 million in total contracts and sponsors.

Bennett is a voracious reader, a habit he picked up partly from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who had challenged himself to read a new book every other week for a whole year.

“I started reading a lot of books because Zuckerberg was doing it,” he commented.

Many NFL players spend their hard earned cash on cars and property but Bennett has spent thousands on building up his own library.

“I have about 3,500 books, maybe more… I have a library, and it’s like I want to beat Belle on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and have a better library than she had.” Bennet told news sources.

We can relate, Martellus!

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George R.R. Martin Gives Us Chills with His ‘On Fantasy’ Speech

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Ever since his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted into the hit TV series Game of Thrones by HBO, George R.R. Martin has shot to a level of fame and success that most authors can only dream of. Martin’s brutal but extraordinary fantasy land of Westeros has captured the imagination of millions and arguably paved new ground for the genre.

In 1996, Martin wrote a short introduction for The Faces of Fantasy: Photographs by Pati Perret, in which he eloquently captures why the fantasy genre is one that has endured since humans first began telling stories. From Beowulf to The Hobbit to Harry Potter, fantasy has remained one of fiction’s most popular genres and, in just a few lines, Martin perfectly explains why we humans have always, and will always, continue to dream of far away places where the impossible is possible. Read More

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer 2 is here and We Have All The Feels!

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Is it the theme tune, the characters? Whatever it is, the Fantastic Beasts series seems to perfectly tune into the Harry Potter Universe, giving us All. The. Feels! The second trailer for Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald is here and it’s three minutes of sheer brilliance, taking us back to the world of Hogwarts and beyond.

For those of you who were left wanting to hear more of Dumbledore’s exploits as a young man at the end of the Harry Potter series this is it, it’s here, as we flashback to a young Dumbledore and the Hogwarts of the past. Read More

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