History, Travel

Our Visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park

We headed out on our family’s summer vacation. There were a number of destinations we had in mind that we were keen on stopping at. Gettysburg was NOT one of them. In fact, deciding that we were even going to be driving through the town was decided on en route. But I, for one, am… Continue reading Our Visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park

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Tolkien’s Aragorn Would Not Be in Favor of the LGBTQ Lobby

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It is conceivable, and even more so, it is logical for an author to bestow those attributes which he or she feels to be honorable upon a benevolent protagonist. This includes the personality traits of such a character. Though genuinely human in feelings and various flaws, the hero of a story shall typically adhere to the virtues which its creator sees to be admirable.

The views and beliefs of a hero tend to be on a par with those of the writer who formulates the story. J.R.R. Tolkien and his life’s labor of love, The Lord of the Rings, are not exempt from this type of relationship.

This dimension of the correlation between the creative and the fruit of his work is doubtlessly important to a number of the subthemes throughout the fantasy. It cannot be overlooked. Back in May, Viggo Mortensen (who played Aragorn in the LOTR films…

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Independence Day Deserves Honor, Not Contempt

Happy 4th of July!

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“You see my kind of loyalty was loyalty to one’s country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to…” – Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

July 4th has become almost as controversial as religious-based holidays like Christmas and Easter. The people of the United States seem to have become the most outspoken in the world when it comes to complaints regarding holidays. Only here in America could we sustain individuals who possess the liberty to moan over and criticize occasions of celebration, feasts, and memorials to courage.

People find the stars and stripes distasteful. Football players take a knee in the midst of the National Anthem. The message being sent damages the image of the United States, its icons of…

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Culture, Entertainment and Media, Reviews

Star Trek: The Animated Series – “Beyond the Farthest Star” Review

One of the beauties of animation is that it makes the ridiculous, the impossible, and the oft unimaginable all so natural. “Beyond the Farthest Star” showcases this example of this aspect of animation. The USS Enterprise is mysteriously drawn into orbit around a dead celestial body. Once in orbit, Captain Kirk is alerted to the… Continue reading Star Trek: The Animated Series – “Beyond the Farthest Star” Review

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PAN (2015): The Pace and Acting Ruin It

Another re-envisionment of the Neverland story, Pan fell as a mediocre work of cinematic art upon an anticipating audience in 2015. It performed quite poorly at the box office. Not only were the film's visual effects rather on the bland side, but the story itself was one that viewers knew something about before going and… Continue reading PAN (2015): The Pace and Acting Ruin It

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How Gollum Showcases the Dangers of Persisting in Addiction and Ignoring Sin

Once known by the name Smeagol, Gollum is an infamous and troubled trickster seen throughout the fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Featuring a sort of Jekyll and Hyde personality split, Gollum became who he is as a result of the corruption of the One Ring. The ownership, and more so the use, of… Continue reading How Gollum Showcases the Dangers of Persisting in Addiction and Ignoring Sin

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A Response to Those Who Think Tolkien Was Racist Against His Own Creation

In late 2018, Andy Duncan, a sci-fi writer whose works include An Agent of Utopia and On 20468 Petercook, discussed his concern regarding what he felt to be racist remarks found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s telling of The Lord of the Rings. While being interviewed on a Wired podcast, he had this to say about the acclaimed author and his portrayal of some of his villains:… Continue reading A Response to Those Who Think Tolkien Was Racist Against His Own Creation