The Hobbit - The Battle of Five Armies - Official Poster

It’s been ten years since I was an active Ringer. But, with the release of the last movie today, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, I’m getting very reflective.

I’d read all five books (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Silmarillion) multiple times by the time the first movie came out in 2001. Tolkien, Lewis, Montgomery, MacDonald, Weiss & Hickman, Springer, Kurtz…these were the names of the creators of worlds that have shaped my imagination for almost four decades. Despite any other interests or fandoms, these are the main ones who have been a constant through all the years. Come Yule this weekend, I’ll embark on a journey through Middle Earth once again. How ironic was it that the films first were released at the same time of year I always reread the books? (more…)

Looking pretty dark and wet out for 07:30. I know we’re not sure what to do with water, #LosAngeles, but be safe out there. #Rain we need. More sig alerts we do not.

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Got my holiday reading in the mail today. Spending my vacation with @daron_moondog

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The Hobbit premiere is getting set to start in #Hollywood. #OneLastTime

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A few weeks ago, I received notice this domain name was due for renewal.

After thinking long and hard about it, I have decided to merge my two blogs into one domain. As LivingOutsidetheLines.net is the newer domain, I will be transferring all content from this site to my primary site: …

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The mysterious tea party is explained. But, what happened? Was this the cause of death?

Ancient legends speak of two opposing forces: light and dark, often represented in the faerie courts of old. The seelie court, court of light and order, rules over the land through the brightest parts of the year. But, as summer wanes and the harvest times come to an end, then the unseelie court rises, the court of darkness and chaos. It is at Samhain, the end of the old year, as the world settles in to winter and remembering, that the veil between this world and the next is at it’s thinnest.

Is this why the spirits have become active at Birchwood House? I can only guess. But, the investigations continue. (more…)