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The Villain Checklist: Risk

In establishing what our villain wants and how they will go about getting it, the story we are experiencing we hopefully do one other thing of immense importance. All going well, it will establish the critical element of risk: Risk – The … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Far over the misty mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away, ere break of day To find our long-forgotten gold So, I wrote a brief piece on my expectations for this movie last week, bits and … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Scouring Of The Shire

(Updated on 2/3/16) A lot has been said about this chapter, which explodes the narrative back into action right before the final moments. The placing of it certainly draws attention. The point of the long drawn out farewells is a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Road To Isengard

(Updated on 12/09/15) This is a short “deep breath after the storm” chapter, whose purpose is mostly to just get the central characters from point A to point B without too much fuss. But whereas other authors might have a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The King Of The Golden Hall

(Updated on 29/08/15) “The White Rider” is one of the worst chapters in the story, in my opinion, but we’re starting on a few brilliant chapters in a row, pretty much all the way to the end of Book Three. We’ve … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Treebeard

(Updated on 15/08/15) We’re heading back into the heavy fantasy stuff, starting now. Fangorn is a stuffy and old place. Tolkien gives it an interesting description, that of an ancient, almost undisturbed area, somewhere that has been free from the influence … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Riders Of Rohan

(Updated on 01/08/15) The chase is on and our three multi-racial heroes are running day and night. The first paragraph of this chapter is one of my favourite pieces of descriptive writing in the whole book and sets up the … Continue reading

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