Where to start, where to start. Yes, I spent 3 hours in the theater this week to watch the conclusion of Peter Jackson’s drawn out Hobbit trilogy. And I mean to talk about it. But let’s start with a little background on my love of Tolkien.
I know I’m in the minority about this movie for a lot of reasons. Fist of all, I preferred An Unexpected Journey to the Desolation Of Smaug. Secondly, Desolation was somewhat of a let down for me. I was surprised by a number of reviews claiming the exact opposite of both my statements. I don’t love The Lord Of The Rings trilogy either. I like it well enough, but honestly I find it kind of boring. The Hobbit however is a book that I adore. It’s a lot of what makes The Lord Of The Rings unique and interesting condensed into a fun 300 or so page book.
Thank god it’s the weekend, and your time to kick back, enjoy a drink or two, and be as lazy or productive as you want. And what better way to relax than while indulging in your favorite non-human creature obsession? With this weekend’s first post, we’re going to start bringing you the perfect post on your favorite creatures every weekend to help you forget about your banal week-to-week work life. Whether it is claws, scales, fur, spikes, fangs, or rotting flesh, we’ll make your weekend relaxation more enjoyable with this weekly installment from the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks. Humans have been telling creature tales since the time of the Cave Men, so it’s a tradition we are delighted to continue.
The plan will be to pick a creature to discuss in detail every weekend, where we will first go over the personal details of said creature, followed by a reference for their most memorable appearances in human history, and lastly followed up with our personal favorite representation of the creature being profiled. And requests are welcome. While we have many species we plan on bringing in to your homes in the coming months, feel free to send me an email from the “About Us” tab section of the website.
So for our first Creature Comforts we are going to spotlight goblins, a classic and recurring character encountered in many fantasy novels, movies, and myths. What is a goblin you ask?
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As you may know, we love playing with LEGOs in the Evil Lair and I am a big Hobbit/LOTR fan too! So when I found this recreation of this teaser Hobbit trailer made entirely in LEGOs, I just knew that I’d have to share it with you all! Check it out…
This trailer was created by The Brotherhood Workshop and as I mentioned previously is entirely made of LEGOs including the title treatments, the logo’s for the production companies, and a big friggin’ dragon!!!! (I Know, amazing!!!) If you like this, be sure to visit The Brotherhood Workshop’s Youtube channel right here to see more of the awesomeness that these guys are creating!
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We reserve our 8th day of Geeks-Mas for those literary concoctions that rattle the mind and soul (and also lay the groundwork for some pretty kick-ass movies! Ex. A little book about a wizard named Harry!) So if your nerd is a bookworm, then here’s an honest-to-god list that you can’t go wrong with…Enjoy!
Do you like pulp? Check out the Shadow’s Sanctum website. They specialize in 2 for 1’s printed from the original magazines with the two column page style and the actual pictures that originally accompanied them. They have a vast collection of both Doc Savage and The Shadow but others as well. Starting in January they’ll begin publishing reprints of the The Spider too! So if that’s your thing like old Biff here or if you’re looking for some rip roaring old school adventure than check it out, there’s a lot to choose from. You can see a list of their entire collection by going here.
MARTIAN LUTHOR KANG THE 117TH
I don’t suppose you need us to recommend current popular literature, there are plenty of places for that. So instead I’ll offer some old favorites.
I’ll start off with the only man who can out-Batman the Dark Knight himself, Sherlock Holmes. Actually reading the old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales can be very surprising to someone who was only familiar with the popular portrayals of the character. In recent years, some of the adaptions have followed the characterization a bit more closely, but before having read these myself years ago I was under the impression that Watson would have been mildly retarded and that Moriarty was more along the lines of Dr. Claw in his ominous presence.
Plus, with these stories being in the public domain you can get them very cheaply… or you can splurge and buy a relatively inexpensive high-end printing of them.
Hello Gang! Like my man Kang, I’m throwing you out an oldie but a goodie that many of you may have already read; but you never know, new nerds are born each day! So my recommendation to you is J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” I know, I know, this is a really old one and that is true, but it is still fantastic. As a kid this was one of my favorite books and although it may not have the epic feel of the LOTR trilogy, it is the setup to the entire tale. Tolkien laid tremendous groundwork in Middle Earth with this book, which can seem childish at times, but is a forever classic! It’s pretty small so you should be able to get through it in a few days and its available everywhere. If its new to you and wets your appetite, then go on and read The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For nothing else, those books will give you a new-found respect for Peter Jackson and his team for the amazing visual displays and dynamic storytelling that we use been given. If you eat that up and want more, then I suggest Tolkien’s last book “The Silmarillion,” which basically is an offshoot of tales that really explain the legends of the First Age of Middle Earth. OK kids, that’s all I’ve got… Enjoy!
Remember to come back tomorrow for The 12 Days of Geeks-Mas Day 9: Nerdy Travel
Seasons Greetings Nerds!
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