Category Archives: Fantasy

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)

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“One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them.
One ring to keep them all, and in the darkness bind them!”

After the success of The Hobbit TV special of 1977, Tolkien fans didn’t have to wait long for the next Middle-earth adaption – less than a year in fact. On 15th November 1978 the first attempt to translate JRR Tolkien’s most famous work to the big-screen was released: director Ralph Bakshi’s ambitious The Lord of the Rings. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)

The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)

The Hobbit, 1977

“I’m Mr. Bilbo Baggins, I’ve lost my dwarves,
my wizard and my way.”

Before director Peter Jackson’s hugely successful adaption of The Lord of The Rings, and his equally ambitious interpretation of The Hobbit, there were other attempts to bring the world of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth to the screen. Three animated adaptions in particular formed their own Tolkien trilogy of sorts, beginning with The Hobbit in 1977. Continue reading The first Tolkien movie trilogy, part 1: The Hobbit (1977)

Paperback covers #2: Frank Frazetta

Conan The Adventurer

A series looking at some of my favourite book
covers and cover artists, mostly taken from my own collection.

#2 Frank Frazetta’s covers for the Robert E. Howards’ Conan novels published by Lancer in the 1960’s

Texan author Robert E. Howard’s first published Conan story appeared in the December 1932 issue of the pulp science fiction magazine Weird Tales. Howard, a prolific writer responsible for hundreds of short stories, had previously experienced minor success selling to the pulps but it was his creation of a Cimmerian barbarian that struck a cord with readers. Continue reading Paperback covers #2: Frank Frazetta