Monthly Archives: December 2013


Well, I went to the latest Hobbit movie (Desolation of Smaug) with the lowest of hopes, I thought. Not low enough as it turns out. About 20-30 minutes of the movie come from the book — the rest is made … Continue reading

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Middle Earth Maps on Google Earth

The Chrome Experience has put together an interactive version of the Middle Earth map. The 3d animations are fun, but the rest of it isn’t as good as I hoped. A real (but ugly) Middle Earth map on Google Earth … Continue reading

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Pronouncing Smaug’s Name Wrong

And now for something completely nerdy. Peter Jackson’s minions are mispronouncing Smaug’s name. See below. Boy, that’s annoying. Everyone everywhere has always called Smaug “smog,” an early 20th century (or late 19th century) word combining “smoke” and “fog” to describe … Continue reading

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