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(Can’t get enough of) All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us … in Quenya

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

A GREAT quote translated into Quenya!

Gandalf @ The Fellowship of the Ring

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…has blossomed!

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A new Spring from a new century (Tuilë XV 1) is upon us and it’s time to renew our wardrobes! See what has flourished in this NEW Q101 Shop Collection!

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Not all those who wander are lost HUGE Tattoo Q101 Edition

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The mother of all translations in Quenya.

Not all those who wander are lost whole poem.

Floyd Rivera requested through Tattoo Q101 AND Floyd Rivera got it in 86 hours through Tattoo Q101

I bring you the revised edition of the original translation made by Ondo Carniliono few years ago. What is revised? Well, minor things. I kept the poetic and free spirit made originally and added a tiny bit only. It’s ridiculously tiny, don’t panic. Notice that Quenya101 version takes advantage of Quenya declension nature and plays freely with word order. Quenya allows room for that. Below, you won’t find a fixed translation. Literal wording. One word after another. NO! Word order allows it, so we danced with them. Not to mention vocabulary issues too. There are synonyms here and there that could be used differently, you know. So,… what you got here is the most poetic and accurate Quenya translation, aimed at the beauty of the idea behind the poem and using Quenya language to the farthest it can be reached.

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Now, let’s all grab our walking sticks and wander with Tolkien through this beautiful poem. Watch your step, wander freely but be lost not.

All that is gold does not glitter

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Ilya i laurëa ná, mirilya lá,

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Not all those who wander are lost

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Queni yar ranyar ullumë vanwë umir

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The old that is strong does not wither

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I yára ya tulca ná, hesta lá

Deep roots are not reached by the frost

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Tumnë talmar rahtainë nixenen umir

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From the ashes a fire shall be woken

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Yúlallo nárë nauva coivaina,

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A light from the shadows shall spring

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Cálë lómillon tuiuva

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Renewed shall be blade that was broken

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Ceura nauva hyanda ya né rácina,

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The crownless again shall be king

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I ríelóra ata aran nauva

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Voilà! From Tolkien own mouth! Spread it, rate it, like it…enjoy it!

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Gandalf rolling back the curtain … in Quenya

Gandalf in QuenyaThe grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back,… and then you see it.

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Gandalf @ The Return Of The King

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Fool of a Took … in Quenya

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Fool of a Took.

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Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring

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Gandalf’s tears … in Quenya

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Quenya101 New elvish year’s Lembas XII

elvish treeA new year has begun recently according to the Reckoning of Imladris (i.e. elvish calendar). We’re on XIV 143 the second to last year of this yén! Wow! Not sure of what that means? Take a seat, have a nice read here while you enjoy the very last updates from Quenya101 down below:

 

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New names

Brandi

Kari

Hale

Ren

Lee

Leanne

Abdullah

Noah

New famous quotes

 

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Gandalf @ An Unexpected Journey “…that keep the darkness at bay…small acts of kindness, and love.”

Rush – The Garden “The measure of life is a measure of love and respect,…”

Rush – The Garden “…so hard to earn so easily burned.”

Bilbo Baggins @ The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins @ The Hobbit

Solomon, Agur or Lemuel @ Proverbs 28:1 (King James Version)

Rush – The Garden “In the fullness of time, a garden to nurture and protect.”

Luwin @ A Clash Of Kings

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Lord Of The Rings “With beating hearts and heads held up high.”

New sentences

Always in my heart.

Big dark love.

Love is a verb, fearless on my breath.

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

Life is a beautiful lie but death is a painful truth.

You are strong.

Bass clarinet.

OMNIA MEA MECVM PORTO.

Karma is a bitch.

Vána, queen of flowers, our garden behold.

I have stood for thousands of years and have not faltered; the day I met you, my legs shook.

Faith.

How we remember changes how we have lived. Time run both ways.

We make stories of our lives.

My heart is like a moon. It also has a dark side.

You were given this life, because you are strong enough to live it.

Only God can judge me.

 

Nuevas frases

Solo un momento de valor, solo una llama de calor triunfar caer.

New elvish dates

June, 13th, 2005

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Quenya101 Chubby Lembas X

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So much food to eat, so little stomach! Take your time, chew as long as you need but don’t miss all the good stuff here in Quenya101 lately. And there is so MUCH. Here they are:

 

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New names

Guido

Jorge

Marius

Gerard

Monroe

Carolyn

Lindsay

Aurora

Aurora

Blake

Christopher

Ælfsige

New famous quotes

MacManus Brothers @ The Boondock Saints

MacManus Brothers @ The Boondock Saints

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Metallica – Blackened

Within Temptation - Covered By Roses

Within Temptation – Covered By Roses

Smaug @ The Desolation Of Smaug

Smaug @ The Desolation Of Smaug

Frodo Baggins @ The Fellowship Of The Ring

Frodo Baggins @ The Fellowship Of The Ring

Galadriel @ The Fellowship Of The Ring "May it be a light  for you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

Galadriel @ The Fellowship Of The Ring “May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”

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Shinedown – Miracle

Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us."

Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Lord Of The Rings "Not all those who wander are lost."

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Lord Of The Rings “Not all those who wander are lost.”

New sentences

We cannot direct the winds, but we can adjust our sails.

Inspire!

There is no happiness equal to the joy of finding someone who understands.

Adventure.

Imagine.

The lone wolf dies but the pack survives.

We do not choose love. It claims each man as it will, and grips until there’s nothing left.

The past is seldom as we would have it. The future yet to be known.

Embrace the present and strike all else from concern.

Middle Earth.

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

I will either find a way or make a way.

Nueva frase

Para no perder tus recuerdos, guárdalos en tu corazón.

Para no perder tus recuerdos, guárdalos en tu corazón.

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Quenya101 Weekly Lembas II

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And here’s the supply of Lembas with all we got BRAND NEW in Quenya101 for this past elvish week (from 32 to 38 Lairë 142):

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New famous quotes

Jim Gordon @ The Dark Knight “A dark knight”

Gandalf @ The Fellowship Of The Ring “Frodo Baggins”

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien @ The Hobbit “The stars are far brighter than gems without measure…”

Elinor Dashwood @ Sense And Sensibility

New sentences

Become who you were born to be

Spread the love

New elvish dates

January, 16th, 1998

January, 29th, 1998

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Review

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Throbbing! The word is throbbing! That’s what I felt while watching the movie and that’s what it felt like after it was done! So painful! But before starting the review per se, I must warn you:

SPOILERS ARE COMING!

So, if you’re reading there, I suppose you already watched it or are pretty courageous to spoil such a good movie. The movie is throbbing! It’s action nonstop! Scene after scene, they change places, new characters are added (and they’re quite alright you know) and action is everywhere! It’s not for the faint-heart! I realize now Peter Jackson is surely writing his name in history. George Lucas has done it, Quentin Tarantino has done it, Steven Spielberg too…. This particular work of Jackson will stand out for ever and ever amen!

HIGHLIGHTS

The movie starts right in the middle of action where the other had left. Without much effort, Beorn is already introduced and even though his role is diminished and one may ask yourself “why was he in the movie, anyway?” one may remember the pity when Bombadil was left out of Lord of the Rings. Not the same mistake again with Beorn.

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Mirkwood scenes are fantastic and having multiple spiders in the scene was a bonus! That moment when Bilbo put on the Ring and immediately started to understand what the spiders were talking…..AWESOME! Ok….he took it out and he continued to understand them, but the concept was brilliant. Also, let’s not forget their dizziness inside the forest which presented to the audience the feeling of being drowned by the curse and the sickness felt in Mirkwood.

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I loved Thranduil character and his motifs. He showed some bad qualities in lots of scenes and their antagonizing, (Thranduil VS Oakenshield) brought sparkles to the movie. I really thought fight would start when they were pointing fingers on that scene. Legolas was very sharp in his character (very well portrayed) and as accurate with the bow as possible while Tauriel was the soft one. Kind, pretty and showing a good heart. Elves were fine, they played their part.

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The Barrel sequence was funny, quick, intense and even though you knew they would continue their venture, the tension was everywhere and by itself the sequence stood out (and you know…it’s just barrels down the river)

Necromancer was chilling!!!!!!!!! I know my exclamation marks and I wanna use them! His voice delivered and I froze every time he was on the screen. That black cloud speaking Black Speech ffffff it all and kicked ASS!

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When Gandalf fought him (or should I say “tried to”) and the EYE came on, shhhhh we all knew Gandalf had become pumpkin pie by then! I loved the Eye of Sauron displayed that way and surely it’s gif-ready for every single Tumblr account out there!

Smaug delivered every inch of expectation I had. It was there! It was a REAL dragon the way Tolkien created! It was sly, it was evil, it was playing with its prey. Smaug had everything. I could not think of a better voice for Smaug, the tyrannical as well. Benedict remembered the good feelings Darth Vader’s voice bring to me. The treasure room scene was the crème de la crème and oh boy…….not for the faint-heart!

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FAILS

Song, soundtrack, music and lyrics! Ok, lyrics may be forgiven a bit, but the song sucks big time! Aw c’mon, man! You may really think it’s a good song, you know all relaxing and stuff, good voice, vibe…but that’s NOT a song for that kind of movie!!!! Seriously? It takes away all the tension of the story portrayed in the 2 hours and 41 minutes and takes you to the beach beside a fire, roasting marshmallows…NO NO NO!

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Gandalf’s spell in Dol Guldur was one disappointment as well. IF that was Quenya, Gandalf needs to learn how to open the mouth so the vowels and consonants are well pronounced and enunciated! I didn’t like it! Bad taste in my mouth! Radagast on the first movie did much better! And that’s another fail! Where was Radagast? He was just a shadow of he could be. I know, I know, he’s very secondary, but but but;;;;; I just wanted more!

You’ll have less Dwarves than you could and should have as well. If you by any chance cannot remember their name by heart, you feel you don’t need to. They are not individually important, they are “Dwarves”. Thorin is the only one who is ONE character. But that’s just natural to expect with so many new characters and action!

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Bard was good but I didn’t welcome him quite well. I don’t know why. Actor was not bad, his role was fine, but…ahhh….I think it’s just me. Humans in Middle-Earth are kinda boring!

Conclusion,

I cannot wait for the next movie. How cruel they are! They shouldn’t do that to people. They rise the bar with every scene, you get in love with Middle-Earth and then….along came the credits! Astonishing desolation it was! Mesmerizing!

December, 13th, 2013 - The Dragon's Day

December, 13th, 2013 – The Dragon’s Day

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I can’t get my mind out of…

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And here is some very early review with extra layers of spoilers (DO NOT READ THEM) to tease us all in the top max way possible!

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Warning: There are some spoilers ahead.

 

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” is out in theaters Friday.

We saw the second installment to Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy Tuesday night in 3D and enjoyed it a lot.

The film by no means is perfect, but it is a vast improvement upon the first. (The second time around there aren’t any musical numbers by the dwarves, so that’s a plus.)

It’s faster paced with a new threat around every bend whether from spiders, elves, Orcs, or a deadly dragon and should be a solid box-office win for Warner Bros. come this weekend.

“The Desolation of Smaug” wastes no time picking up right where the first film ended with hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) continuing his perilous journey with 13 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) to the Lonely Mountain to recover the lost dwarf treasure from a dragon.

 

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Another downside to all of these characters, if you haven’t memorized all of the dwarf names you’ll be finding another way to identify the weary travellers (we suggest going by beard).

 

And it’s clear to say that of all the characters, Freeman masterfully delivers in his return as Bilbo.

 

For a small hobbit, he’s a ball of fire on screen. Having seen all of the “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) films, Bilbo manages to be more courageous and do more in one scene at the beginning of the film than Frodo (Elijah Wood) did in three. (If you think about it, someone else was always saving his life — Sam — and in the third film, he was getting dragged and carried through most of it.)

However, other than the dwarves and Gandalf — who by now feels like a dear old friend welcomed into your home as the old wizard — the film has a lot of new faces (along with one old).

Here’s a quick rundown of who you need to know:

Orlando Bloom returns as LOTR favorite Legolas
Lee Pace plays Legolas’ father, King of the wood-elves, Thranduil
Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”) joins as a female elf, Tauriel, who Legolas has his eyes set on.
Stephen Fry (“V for Vendetta”) joins as a conniving and corrupt politician, the Master of Lake-town
Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6”) plays a widowed father of three children who helps the dwarves on their quest.
Benedict Cumberbatch is not one, but two villains — the menacing dragon Smaug — and the less-physical, but even more threatening, Necromancer.

Because there are so many characters, you often feel like you’re watching not one movie, but three, or at the least three to four different mini-sodes as the story shifts back and forth between Bilbo and the dwarves, Bilbo and the ring, elves Legolas and Tauriel, and Gandalf’s side adventure having to do with a big tie-in to the “Lord of the Rings.”

However, some of the characters are welcome.

 

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Sure, Legolas wasn’t in “The Hobbit,” but it gives fans a reason to see the film while also creating another bridge between the prequel and sequel. True to form, Legolas is a master with a bow and arrow and he delivers some of the best action sequences to see on screen. Prime example: At one point he’s hobbling around on dwarf heads shooting arrows at Orcs.

 

He’s still a bit rough around the edges at this point, but we’re watching the makings of a great warrior and he does NOT disappoint every time he’s on screen.

We soon learn Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games” isn’t the only arrow slinger on screen worth rooting for with the entry of Tauriel (Lilly). The “she-elf,” as she’s called in the film, is a new character director Peter Jackson invented for the film who gives girls an added reason to see the film.

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One of my biggest issues watching this film is despite all these characters, there aren’t a lot of redeeming ones who I want to rally behind. The viewer isn’t really sure who they’re supposed to side with as a protagonist, mainly because they’re kind of a bunch of selfish jerks.

 

 

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We think Bilbo just wants more time to play with the ring honestly.

 

You have Bilbo, who despite selflessly pledging his allegiance to the dwarves, is a liar and a thief (having stole the “One” ring from Gollum and mischievously hiding it from Gandalf). While it’s a pleasure watching him take a sword to spiders in the film’s first leg, unlike the dwarves, he’s fighting them not to save his crew, nor to really save his own skin, but to save the ring — his ever-growing precious — from the wretched snare of the spider.

 

Though Bilbo’s character grows as the movie progresses — he saves the dwarves a few times — you’re never really sure if he is doing these acts selflessly or if he’s just helping the elves for a share of the treasure Smaug the dragon is guarding.

 

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Thorin Oakenshield, probably not your first pick for a trustworthy ally.

 

Then there’s Thorin Oakenshield the leader of the dwarves who multiple times is warned numerous times of dwarf greed and what it can do to a person. There’s a part of the film where his true allegiance comes into question when he just sits back and let’s Bilbo risk his life for his clan without lifting a finger to help him (you can see it in the trailers when one of the other dwarfs defiantly defends the hobbit briefly saying, “His name is Bilbo”).

 

Though Thorin sort of comes to his senses (it’s clear he still doesn’t completely trust Bilbo) and the dwarves and Bilbo all work together in the end against the big bad dragon, it really all seems like a means to an end for everyone involved — especially Thorin.

After *mini-spoiler* seeing him side with the weasel Master of Lake-town *mini-spoiler*, I’m not sure that’s a dwarf I’d want to align myself with.

At this point, you’re not really sure what to make of Gandalf. Forget what you know about him from “LOTR.” Like the first film, he’s with the crew for a few moments before he disappears on his own adventure in Dol Guldur after being whisked away from a vision.

 

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His role is exactly like that in LOTR. Show up in the beginning of the series, disappear for a long time, come back magically as a brand new wizard to save the day. At least, that’s how we predict it will turn out for movie three: Gandalf saves the day.

 

Perhaps the only real likable character — other than Legolas, Tauriel, and (sure, why not?) Gandalf — is mysterious secondary character Bard. Maybe it’s the added family element, but compared to all of the other characters, he’s the only one who seems completely trustworthy, selfless, and righteous. There’s plenty more to his story we don’t know that I’m sure will be shared in the final installment.

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Give us more Bard, please.

 

Enough about the characters because there is a lot of non-stop action in the sequel that lends itself to great cinematography.

 

The spider scene early on in the film was a fantastic use of Freeman that I won’t give away but that shows once-again Bilbo is quite the asset to the dwarves despite his small size.

One that many reviews touched upon, is the epic waterfall barrel scene that pits the elves vs. the dwarves, the Orcs vs. the dwarves, and the elves vs. the Orcs. It’s one of the most imaginatively shot and orchestrated fight sequences I’ve seen in a long time.

 

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The creative use of barrels brings to mind playing Donkey Kong on the Nintendo 64. And — as mentioned earlier — it’s fun to watch Legolas prancing around on the heads of dwarves to take effortless shots at Orcs.

 

The most aggravating and absolutely frustrating scene to watch comes near the end of the film *mini-spoilers* when the dwarves finally do arrive at the Lonely Mountain and they can’t figure out how to get inside. Rather than take a minute to think it through they try a few mindless ways to break down a wall that ultimately prove futile. Just like that, they give up on their mission and decide to head home.

What? You’re telling me that after months of traveling and risking your lives countless times that once you’re so close to getting what you want, you’re going to let a little wall stop you? Sorry. I’m just not buying it.

Of course, they eventually get inside, but at this point, you feel like these people may not even deserve the riches inside for being so stubborn.*mini-spoiler*

That aside, the best may be the final half hour or so while Bilbo encounters the dragon Smaug and Gandalf goes toe-to-toe with the shadowy Necromancer.

The funny part is that both Bilbo and Gandalf are fighting different villains played by the same man at the same time. Yes, you probably wouldn’t realize unless you were told but Benedict Cumberbatch not only delivers the sly, velvety allure of the monstrous dragon Smaug, but also the chilling monologues of the Necromancer the wizard faces.

If you’re a fan of the book, there’s a big twist with what happens in the Smaug encounter that I won’t spoil here since the film isn’t out yet. It’s a lot longer and more drawn out than in the novel. Bilbo’s altercation with the dragon in the Lonely Mountain becomes MUCH much more complicated.

What Jackson does is unexpected going in to the film but makes sense as you’re watching. Otherwise, a third film really would have felt unnecessary for this prequel series.

 

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You won’t be disappointed by Cumberbatch’s take on Tolkien’s iconic dragon.

 

Both instances of Cumberbatch’s vocals are quite grand and for “Sherlock” fans its a pleasure to see him reunited with Freeman on screen in different form before the show’s January return.

 

The reveal of the dragon is ultimately satisfying as well. Bringing Smaug to life has never been an easy feat for anyone. (Look at the cartoon version.) This interpretation is definitely worthy of Tolkien’s character.

In many ways, “The Desolation of Smaug” is like the second “Lord of the Rings” installment, “The Two Towers.”

Both have multiple story arcs that are setting up for big showdowns in their respective third films. We see growing Orc armies, *spoiler* the eye of Sauron *spoiler*, the Necromancer, and a giant nuisance that just won’t go away in the forms of Gollum and Smaug (except one is frightfully more scary, breaths fire, and is actually a threat to humanity).

Overall, the film was much more captivating then the first to watch and didn’t feel nearly as long as it was (2 hours 41 mins).

We saw it in 3D at what I believe was normal frame rate. That felt kind of unfair, since most of the showings are supposed to be in the higher-frame rate. So I can’t comment on whether it was too much on the eyes. Though there were times the screen did get too bright — any time Smaug breathed fire toward the screen — and I had to look away.

A few other quick notes:

Funniest part of the film that’s not meant to be funny: 

Maybe it’s just me, but look out for the scene when the Bilbo and co. are entering the wood-elves home. The introduction of the elf King Thranduil plays out like a perfume / shampoo ad.

Best line of the film:
Delivered by one of Bard’s little girls: “Why are there dwarves coming out of our toilet? Will they bring us luck?”

Oh yes, and for those looking, keep a watchful eye out for director Peter Jackson at the very start of the film. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment.

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War is what it will be!

It’s gone! It’s done!

With those words of relief, Frodo conclude the task that was appointed to him. We also conclude our top 10 LotR Board Games right now, with the #1 board game of all time! All other games you can see here: #10#9#8 #7#6#5#4,  #3 & #2, but no place for 2nd places, right here right now, we got GOLD we got:

#1

War of the Ring (Second Edition)

(2012)

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As its predecessor…

In War of the Ring, one player takes control of the Free Peoples (FP), the other player controls Shadow Armies (SA).

Initially, the Free People Nations are reluctant to take arms against Sauron, so they must be attacked by Sauron or persuaded by Gandalf or other Companions, before they start to fight properly: this is represented by the Political Track, which shows if a Nation is ready to fight in the War of the Ring or not.

The game can be won by a military victory, if Sauron conquers a certain number of Free People cities and strongholds or vice versa. But the true hope of the Free Peoples lies with the quest of the Ringbearer: while the armies clash across Middle Earth, the Fellowship of the Ring is trying to get secretly to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Sauron is not aware of the real intention of his enemies but is looking across Middle Earth for the precious Ring, so that the Fellowship is going to face numerous dangers, represented by the rules of The Hunt for the Ring. But the Companions can spur the Free Peoples to the fight against Sauron, so the Free People player must balance the need to protect the Ringbearer from harm, against the attempt to raise a proper defense against the armies of the Shadow, so that they do not overrun Middle Earth before the Ringbearer completes his quest.

Each game turn revolves around the roll of Action Dice: each die corresponds to an action that a player can do during a turn. Depending on the face rolled on each die, different actions are possible (moving armies, characters, recruiting troops, advancing a Political Track).

Action dice can also be used to draw or play Event Cards. Event Cards are played to represent specific events from the story (or events which could possibly have happened) which cannot be portrayed through normal game-play. Each Event Card can also create an unexpected turn in the game, allowing special actions or altering the course of a battle.

This one is surely the ultimate experience one might expect when playing a game about Lord of the Rings. As I recently watched a Dice Tower Top 10 list (by the way wherein this kind of post was inspired) Sam Healey said: “War of the Ring IS The Lord of the Rings” in board game format.

I hope you enjoyed Quenya101 top 10 LotR board game and perhaps it’ll serve you like a guide for the next time you wanna acquire some tabletop fun!

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