Archive.org is known for archiving a great number of things, broadly classified in terms of the web
, written and printed text
, studio audio
and live music
, and video
. The most recent addition comes in various realms of software, as outlined by Jason Scott
(MeFi's own jscott
). But the newest addition is notable because it brings old software back through online emulation - behold, the Historical Software collection
, from productivity software like VisiCalc
(1981 Osborne 1 version
), and The Print Shop
(1984, NYT review
) to vintage games including Eastern Front 1941
), The Hobbit
), and Karateka
). If you're interested in the way this all works, you can read more on the Archive.org blog
posted by filthy light thief
on Feb 13, 2014 -
Vitamin D has been proposed to have beneficial effects in a wide range of contexts. We investigate the hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency, caused by both aversion to sunlight and unwholesome diet, could also be a significant contributor to the triumph of good over evil in fantasy literature.
posted by Chrysostom
on Dec 21, 2013 -
For the release of the Hobbit, Lindsay Ellis
of the Nostalgia Chick (previously
) has decided to look back at all the LOTR films in order to analyze how they changed genre film-making, expected movie length, extended cuts, the problems of adaptation, and why Eowyn and Merry are made for each other. (Fellowship Of The Ring
, Two Towers
, Return Of The King Part 1
, Part 2
) Still need more? Then why not watch Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais of Rooster Teeth (previously
) try to walk the 120+ mile journey across New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to the filming location of Mount Doom, Mount Ngauruhoe in A Simple Walk Into Mordor.
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 1, 2013 -
"A lifelong fan of The Lord of the Rings,
for the last 50 years [Vince Donovan] has been amassing an enormous collection of all things J.R.R. Tolkien. So much so, he hired an architect
to design a house
posted by gladly
on Dec 17, 2012 -
The complete soundtrack to the upcoming movie, The Hobbit, is available here.
"The score is composed by Howard Shore who also wrote all three films in The Lord of The Rings trilogy for director Peter Jackson. “I have looked forward to returning to the imaginative world of Middle-earth for quite a while,” says Shore of the score. “I read all of the books by Tolkien, including The Hobbit, when I was in my twenties, and his deep love of nature and all things green resonates deeply with me.”"
posted by h00py
on Nov 13, 2012 -
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
, by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, went on sale 75 years ago today. The first printing, by Allen & Unwin, was for 1,500 copies (which now fetch a premium at auction
); the first reviewer, the son of the publisher, was paid a shilling
. Through a contorted publishing history, exact or even approximate sales figures are unknown; "over a hundred million" is often quoted
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Sep 21, 2012 -
wrote some of the most popular holiday (mostly Christmas) specials of all time for Rankin/Bass
, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
, The Little Drummer Boy
, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
(bonus Justin Bieber version
with Animagic!), Jack Frost
, and Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey.
The very last special he wrote was Noel
, based on a story he told on the radio every year at Christmas. It aired just days before his death on December 30th, 1992. Another special, called The Twelve Days of Christmas
, aired in 1993, and was based on a story by him, but was written by someone else. [more inside]
posted by Huck500
on Dec 25, 2011 -
As the trailer
for Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit
premieres online, it's worth remembering that this isn't the first take on the journey of one Bilbo Baggins. There was the 1977 animated version as well
. Here's some screencaps
and a trailer
. Of course, if that's not enough for you, you could just watch it on Youtube (1
). And before it was a film, it was something called... a book
? Here's pictures of the cover of this 'book' thing from all over the world
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 20, 2011 -
Many ages ago, before some had yet to hear of The Hobbit or the Lord of the Rings or the collectible LOTR glasses sold at Burger King, critics did their initial reviews. Here's the original review
by the New York Times of The Hobbit in 1938. Then came The Fellowship of the Ring
, followed by The Two Towers
, and of course The Return of the King
a 1967 interview with Tolkien after the influence of his work was starting to be felt. One interesting detail noted is that Tolkien typed the entire 1200+ page manuscript of TLOTR with two fingers. Of course, not everyone viewed the books so favorably. The BBC
has detailed some initial criticism against the books, but this seems to have been the minority response within a generally broad and warm literary reception.
posted by SpacemanStix
on Dec 15, 2011 -
, Del Torro is on board for the new Hobbit move and it's...um..sequel.
Anyway, he seems to be adamant in keeping the as much as the original creative team
on board which is a encouraging sign, roll on 2010?
posted by Mintyblonde
on Apr 25, 2008 -
The LoTR musical needs Hobbits of a certain stature.
What stature is that, budding thespians might ask? Well, smoot
-height, of course! (Actually, 5'7" — or 170 cm — is the maximum height a would-be Frodo or Bilbo could be.) Another requirement is the ability to sing two songs ... and hairy appendages wouldn't hurt. So start knitting those foot-merkins
! Auditions: 18 September, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine St (tube stop: Covent Garden).
posted by rob511
on Sep 12, 2006 -
According to the BBC, hobbits may not
posted by 31d1
on Sep 22, 2005 -
Hobbiton It's On!!!
"Yo, I'm harder than a Mithril coat / A hundred is the number of the orcs I smote / I battled Helms Deep and I took Minas Tirith / If you don't watch
out, I'll make your ass dissappeareth.
." - Lord of the Rhymes. For those of you who can't wait to see Legolas bustin' caps
again in "The Two Towers," settle down for some gangsta rap
(5.61 MB MP3), Middle Earth style
. "He's mean / he's green / Gollum beat box like you never seen!
" (via firda
posted by lotsofno
on Dec 5, 2002 -