Where You Might Be Swept Off To

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Beginning a new adventure with your family is one of the greatest things about having one.

As I post about the various books, television, movies and other inputs I enjoy often the moments that bring me the most pleasure are those that involve the ones closest to me. Starting The Fellowship of the Ring with my eldest daughter is one of those moments.

We’ve all read The Hobbit together so continuing the story on with her in a world that I treasure immensly reminds me not only of the power of stories, but of the power of sharing them.

nine walkers

The Company of the Ring

An unexpected bonus has been seeing the world through her eyes, for the first time. So many questions I don’t even think about, and yet they are jumping off the page at her: why should the hobbits trust Strider? is Barliman Butterbur one of the good guys? who are the Black Riders?

And WHERE THE HECK is Gandalf? This one was really eye-opening; I didn’t see before how much you feel Frodo’s anxiety at the unexplained absence of the wizard.

This only made the Bridge of Khazad-dûm that much more heartbreaking. The Fellowship was not alone in shedding tears for their fallen friend that day.

But a new day is coming and we press on. We’ve since finished the book and are currently on our way to confront Saruman in The Two Towers.

More adventure to come!

I believe we began the book on May 19, 2017 and finished on June 8th. I didn’t take very good notes so I’m not sure if those are the right dates (especially the finishing date.) However I know they are close and I know we started The Two Towers the same night we finished part one of The Lord of the Rings.

 

 

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Poldark (2015)

We finished the first series of Poldark on May 17th of this year.

Poldark opening title

We had taken a break about halfway through the season, reaching the point where most of the characters are in a state of general happiness.

What does that mean? When everyone’s happen you KNOW things will go wrong. Terrible wrong. Inexplicably wrong.

That did happen, but it was worth the watch. A view of the time period through the eyes of investment and commerce and how those things affect not only the individual but the entire community was a different angle on this type of drama and I really appreciated that.

A disappointing finale (ruined by the last scene, which reminded and summed up the negatives we had felt throughout the season) pointed in a direction that meant Currer and I won’t be continuing the series but as I said – it was worth it.

 

Mystery Science Theater 3000 – The Return

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot on Netflix gave me just what I needed, when I needed it.

mystery science theater 3000 reboot

Work had been overwhelming and to be able to come home late and listen to the MST3K crew was perfect; Reptilicus (1961), Cry Wilderness (1987) and The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966) were my favorites.

I watched the last one of this first reboot season, At the Earth’s Core (1976), on May 16th of this year.

Back in the LAN again

Fact: The majority of social gaming is done online.

Cool Follow-Up Fact: Nothing can beat gaming with your friends in the same social space.

Concept art Exile

The map Exile (see above) was our most-used playground

A nice surprise this year was being invited to game with a group of guys who meet on a semi-regular basis to LAN, with Halo 4 as the game of choice.

My regular multiplayer is Halo 5 so getting back in the previous groove proved a little trying, however soon enough I was slaying with the rest of the pack.

(Not that I was any good, I just felt I reached my “normal” level of skill 🙂 )

Many thanks for the invite and for the making of new memories while fondly remembering the old ones of LANs gone by.