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Looks Like I'll Be Doing Another Quote Entry Here...

Posted by Tolkien , Aug 20 2010 · 40 views
Quotes are just so easy. After all, someone else came up with the content...

These are from the first day of the semester. For some reason, good quotes always seem to be confined to the first day. I suppose it's because the professors are trying to make a good impression.

QUOTE(From Chaucer class)
In writing your papers, remember to consult the explanatory notes in the textbook. After all, they may contain some information that supports your most excellent argument!

On the other hand, they may also contain something that completely destroys your argument, in which case, you can avoid looking like a fool.



Quote. Funny.

Posted by Tolkien , Aug 15 2010 · 24 views
Explanation: I am on an email list that discusses various linguistics-oriented topics. Among the myriad conversations, there sometimes arises a humorous post or two (at least, humorous to me...). This is one:

QUOTE(Post 2)
QUOTE(Post 1)
Some major word classes are not found in all languages. English, for example, lacks "ideophones" where diverse feelings about an event and its participants are jammed into one word - as in "rawa-dawa" from the Mundari language of the Indian subcontinent meaning "the sensation of suddenly realising you can do something reprehensible, and no one is there to witness it".

Wow, I finally have a word for what fuels the Internet!




Gearing Up

Posted by Tolkien , Aug 14 2010 · 31 views
Hmm. One week left until the fall semester begins.

Since it's kind of a tradition (debatable), here's what I've got for classes this time around:

Old English (This is, literally, the one course that I have always looked forward to taking. Finally! But it's also a graduate course, so I hope I'll survive...)
Chaucer in Middle English (Canterbury Tales ftw)
English Linguistics (The topic of this class is...rather uninteresting, unfortunately: "Linguistic communities in America." What? Blaaah.)
Greek and Roman Mythology (Final elective class. I thought it'd be a fitting companion to last semester's "Germanic Mythology" class.)

Wow...to think this is going to be my final semester of undergraduate work. It seems like it's gone by so fast. I'm actually really excited to be getting my BA at long last...

Next stop, grad-school.


Oh, also, looks like I'm now a critic with the Short Story Critics Club 3. Check it out, yo.



Short Story And A Movie

Posted by Tolkien , Jul 30 2010 · 44 views

Thought I might as well plug this in my blog (that's what it's here for, right?). It's my entry for the Library Summer Olympics (SS category), if anyone is interested.


On another note, I went to see Inception two days ago. Christopher Nolan is officially my favorite director of all time. Best film I've seen since The Dark Knight. Possibly just as good. Some observations (spoilerized: don't ruin it for yourself! Go see the movie):

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A Return?

Posted by Tolkien , Jun 04 2010 · 77 views
Wow, it's been a while.

The past few months have been rather busy with working/finishing up the semester, but now at last the break has arrived, and with it some free time to blog. Luckily, having very little free time is frequently more inspirational than having all the free time in the world, and the limited amount that I've had has certainly given me some ideas for Stuff to Write About. Also, thanks for the birthday well-wishes this past week; they are much appreciated. Two decades is much too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable BZPers.

But more to the point, this entry was also to post a short snippet from a much-planned-for-yet-ultimately-too-late entry to the S&T contest. I was this close to being finished, but time just seems to go on without you sometimes. Oh well, there's always the BS01 contest to fall back on. Whatever the case, hopefully someday it'll be finished enough to post. Until then:


A cloud of dust raised itself along the barren shoreline. Unmarked and insignificant, it wound about the dry rocks, moving slowly up the line of the twilit beach. In this land of dust and death it was no strange thing to see.

The small ship in which it had come suddenly righted itself as the dust cloud moved away, sinking back toward the throbbing of the dark waves, vanishing beneath the surface. No one witnessed the coming of this newcomer—if newcomer it was—for the coast of Karzahni was a silent, empty place, filled with a lingering horror and madness.

The Dark Hunter called Devastator crested the rise northward, the sand and dust of his form whirling into shape. Before him stretched the familiar, broken plains of Karzahni; pitted, and scorched with the neglect of ages. A wind stirred the black grass that rustled dryly at his armored feet, and the Dark Hunter bristled at the memory of this region. The fire and heat of that place where he had first emerged…he hated this realm, and yet knew it more thoroughly than any, except, perhaps, for its ruler in his black fortress behind his black walls.

But now he had an errand. The wind carried a scent here of something new—something that had only recently fled to these lost, ancient shores. The smell of a certain Matoran, and the thing he carried.

The thief had taken The Shadowed One’s scroll, and for that he had met his end in this cursed land of fire and dust. But now the scroll had a new owner, and that one would meet the same fate. The Dark Hunter smiled and stretched his powerful limbs, anticipating the coming task. The wards pointed north, and he would follow them.

Devastator burst into sand as the dead wind rose behind him, whirling away north toward the plains where Matoran lived and yet did not live.


And that's it for now. I hope to add some more content in the next couple of weeks. Comment if ye will.



It Is Upon Me...

Posted by Tolkien , Jan 14 2010 · 34 views
Ach. A new semester cometh. I don't know why, but I'm always really excited about each new semester about three weeks before it starts, but on the last week I suddenly begin to dread it, worrying that I won't be able to keep up with the amount of work. Maybe it's because of the fact that my professors keep sending me their syllabi earlier and earlier, so I end up knowing just how much work I'm going to have to deal with all at once, rather than it being revealed over the course of a semester. 'Ignorance is bliss' much?

Then again, maybe it's related to paying nigh on $300 for textbooks.

Anyways, I thought I'd post my upcoming list of classes...for anyone who might...want to know (Creeps!).

English Linguistics: Second-Language Acquisition (Eh...At least I know the professor pretty well. When do I get to do Historical Linguistics?!)
English Lit: Tolkien, Hobbits, Ents, Orcs, Beowulf, and Old English literature (Oh yes. Oh. Yes.)
Italian: First-Level (As an elective. I've already taken my fill of Spanish, and Italian seemed like a good choice.)
English Linguistics: Intro to Linguistics (Another required elective. This will be absurdly easy, since we're way beyond introduction level by now.)

Oh yes, and for anyone who might have ever followed my Gamesprites topic--see here.

And, in light of the newly-released pictures/bios of What Will Replace Bionicle, my reaction is: Well...okay. They look cool and flashy, but there is no mythological element, and thus, it will not last as a continuing line.



Twas The Day After The Day After Christmas

Posted by Tolkien , Dec 27 2009 · 30 views
While, in my family, the gifts are not the all-consuming focus, we still look forward to them and enjoy them as a seasonal tradition...

So, here's what I got: tongue.gif


-Tales Before Tolkien edited by Douglas A. Anderson (an anthology of fantasy literature predating Tolkien. Anderson attempts to bring together fantasy that was an inspiration for Tolkien's writings. Contains several great authors: George MacDonald, Andrew Lang, William Morris, etc.)
-The Monsters and the Critics by J.R.R. Tolkien (compilation of Tolkien's essays, and especially his essay "The Monsters and the Critics" for which he is most remembered in the world of Old English literature analysis. Tolkien was actually responsible for completely altering how scholars now view the poem Beowulf. Spectacular.)
-The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R Tolkien (basically a compilation of the Christmas letters Tolkien wrote/drew for his children. Some fantastic art and calligraphy here.)

Yeah, this was a heavily Tolkien-themed year for books.


Star-Takanuva (I like it. Yes--another old crusty Bionicle fan actually likes the new set!)

And also, to my astonishment and slight embarrassment, I realized that I still have an unopened Takanuva 2008 sitting in my room waiting to be constructed. I received that gift last Christmas. Good Lord, it's been a busy year...

That was it for LEGO this year.


-Notebook and Calligraphy pens
-Starbucks card (most importantly!)
-400 new magnetic words (in my household, we write sentences with magnetic words on our refrigerator. We aren't that weird, are we?)

Yep. There we have it. A fine end to the year.



Merry Christmas

Posted by Tolkien , Dec 25 2009 · 25 views
Firstly, I'd like to wish BZP a Merry Christmas. Secondly, I'd also like to stop and consider for a moment the significance of the holiday. I'm sure there are many blog entries pointing this out, and I'm thankful that there are still people who hold the true meaning of Christmas in memory: the birth of Christ. The coming of Jesus into this world was the most pivotal point in our history, both as a measure for the division of our modern dating system, and as the point at which redemption was made available to us through the death and resurrection of Christ.

So, again: Merry Christmas on this December 25th, Anno Domini 2009.



An Excerpt...

Posted by Tolkien , Dec 24 2009 · 69 views
...from something bigger.


“You have seen him? He is the Makuta. He will destroy us if I do not go.”

Mata Nui turned away. “Goodbye, brave Glatorian. You have shown yourselves worthy of redemption. Remember these things and survive. For my destiny and the destiny of my people lies elsewhere in the universe. I will strive to repair your world, and perhaps then the Great Beings shall return…”

“Goodbye, Great Spirit. We will not forget.”

There was a moment of silence as Mata Nui turned from the Glatorian and faced the empty, cavernous space. The silence of the moment seemed a shock compared to the chaos raging outside the chamber.

Mata Nui raised his hands to his mask, gripped the golden edges of it, and pulled it free.

Instantly the cavern was lit with a blinding light and the Glatorian fell back toward the entrance. Only Ackar remained, watching silently as the golden-armored form of Mata Nui dissolved before his eyes, scattering into clouds of sand that swirled and billowed in the blazing air.

“—a thing that only clothed itself in the dust of our world.”

Far above him, in the ceiling of the great chamber, lights flashed to life like a million sparkling stars—clearer than any stars that he had seen—beautiful in their dizzying intricacy yet terrifying in their size and radiance.

He was small in the presence of such great things: only a dark speck against the light of distant beings...

And then even Ackar fled.




Comic #6 Reaction...

Posted by Tolkien , Dec 19 2009 · 52 views
So far: two thumbs way way up.

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Chapter I

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"Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a blog-hole, and that means comfort."


A Short Bio of the...Author?


The author of this blog currently resides in the rather dry, bare, sandy climate of the southwest United States. He is a graduate student and teaching associate at his university, currently working toward a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics.

His primary interests include such -ologies as mythology, philology, etymology, syntax, and phonology, along with a healthy passion for historical linguistics binding all these bewildering fields together. Some less academic hobbies include reading classical literature and mythology, high and epic fantasy, science fiction, and the occasional Tolkien biography, as well as attempting (and mostly failing) to write fiction modeled after these genres.

In addition to these things, he also harbors the deep-set enjoyment of the Bionicle sets and storyline essential to any hapless LEGO geek who has made the decision to become a member of the BZPower community. Without it, he obviously wouldn't be here writing this, and you wouldn't be reading it. This fact is, in part, what inspired his lasting interest in the art of pixeling, a skill that he apparently isn't all that bad at, although you might never know it, seeing as his severe lack of motivation and excess of procrastination usually prevents him from producing anything much at all.


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Unknowledge [Review] - (Epic) Finalist in Epics Contest #7: Murder Mysteries. Unknowledge centers around the mysterious death of Toa Moihu and ensuing investigation by Toa Ros, interwoven with the quest to uncover the reality behind the dark nature of the Dedh-See Scroll. Ultimately, the truth that Ros discovers and is forced to confront may be darker than anyone could have imagined.

Judgement [Review] - (Epic) Judgement opens with a death sentence pronounced upon Toa Jor, watch-Toa of Metru Nui. It then follows the events leading up to this shocking scene, with the arrival of Toa Jovan, bearing grave news concerning the fate of the universe itself, as well as a plan to stop it.

Windows Through the Void [Review] - (Epic) Windows is a serial inspired by the old online serials of Bioniclestory.com. Serial 1 follows Takanuva, Toa of Light, as he journeys across the void to a world of dark trees and night, only to find that he must accomplish another task before his original quest can be completed.

The Time - (SS) A semi-mythic account of the origin of Avan, the first Matoran, in the Time Before Time--the Time of the Great Beings.

Despair - (SS) 1st Place winner of the 2010 Library Summer Olympics (SS category). "Despair" is a prequel to the epic Unknowledge, beginning with the arrival of a mysterious Toa in the city of Moa, deep within the Waste. His motives are unknown, as the nature of the dark Kanohi he wears. But the subsequent arrival of Toa Ros soon sets things in motion, leading up to an epic confrontation between hope and despair.

Dust - (SS) The Dark Hunter Devastator returns to Karzahni, his native land. He must find the Matoran called the Builder and retrieve a stolen tablet, but along the way his encounters with the crazed, broken Matoran and the dreaded Karzahni himself provide him with a sliver of new perspective in this land of dust and living death.

A Storm is Coming - (SS) Entrant in the (now stalled) Lesovikk's Hiatus contest. It tells the tale of Toa Lesovikk's three-day battle with a Rock Lion in a strange land where it never rains and the encounter he has there with the castaway Toa Jovan. Can Lesovikk find the strength to finish his task, or will the memories of his past defeat him? A storm is about to break.

Remember [Archive] - (SS) The Mountains of the Matoran are a strange place, but even stranger are the discoveries to be made within them. Two Agori venture deep into the heart of the mountains, and soon their plight becomes a struggle for survival as they try to escape the strange corridors of this dark place. But at the end of their journey lies a revelation more shocking than they could ever have imagined.

The Coming of the Toa - (SS) 3rd place Judges' Choice winner of Short Stories Contest #8. A glimpse into an alternate history of Bionicle, where something has gone terribly wrong. Kua seeks to discover what it is that the Matoran have lost, the darkness in their past. But can even he resist the power of the darkness that lies beneath?

The End - (SS) Nga-Ro has waited for so long in the darkness and cold of the ruined city. He has forgotten much. But now...even he must find the strength to resist the darkness of death and remember his duty. For the end has come...

The Sight - (SS) 1st place winner in the 2012 Flash Fiction Marathon (Visions Category).

The Power - (SS) 1st place winner of the 2012 Library Summer Olympics: Artistic Gymnastics Reimagine (Bionicle category).

Once Whole - (SS)

Hue #1471 - (SS)
Looming - (SS)

Static [Review] - (Co-authored Epic, OTC) Gold medalist in the 2012 Library Summer Olympics: Epics Unlimited Prompt Relay. Co-authored with Grant-Sud Rises, Velox, and Legolover-361.

Ever Up - (SS, OTC)

Long Day - (SS, OTC)
Beyond the Ridge of Tears - (SS, OTC)
The Trumpet Sounds - (SS, Blog)


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