• Nine Rings in Mordor

    Excerpt from: NINE RINGS IN MORDOR (with apologies to Roger Zelazny) The hot ashes dropping from my pipe jerked me back to wakefulness and I swore quietly to avoid waking the hobbits sharing the room with me. One of them, I think it was the one named Merry, stirred briefly but settled back down again. Good. They had questions that I hadn’t thought of answers for yet. Puffing my pipe back into life I silently crossed the room and snuck a peek out the window at the Prancing Pony across the street. It peeked back at me, looking like every other tavern in every other town in which men had settled across Middle Earth. I watched carefully for a bit. No one saw me of course. I could have walked down the street in broad daylight and not attract much attention to myself if I wanted, so keeping out of sight at night in the pouring rain which was now sweeping through Bree was a piece of cake. It suddenly struck me that every time something of import was about to happen it was at night and raining. I wondered if there was some correlation but there was enough else on my mind this evening to keep me from trying to figure it out. I turned from the window and examined the hobbit they called Frodo. He stirred fitfully in his sleep and his hand gripped something tightly through the fabric of his shirt. Oh yes. I had more than

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  • Doc Strider: Ranger of Bronze

    Excerpted from DOC STRIDER: RANGER OF BRONZE – THE CZAR OF THE RINGS (with apologies to Kenneth Robeson/Lester Dent) It was dark in Rivendell, and only occasionally did the faint light of the moon break through the clouds to illuminate the shadows which lay across the elven city. One of the shadows seemed to move and detach itself from the others. It moved quickly across a small opening, then gestured. Two other shadows slipped furtively across the opening behind it. One of the occasional glimmers of moonlight appeared and briefly dispelled the shadows, revealing three orcs. The orcs, their short swords at the ready, ducked under the cover of a building and waited for the light to pass. “I ain’t likin’ this!” hissed one of the orcs, the youngest. “Nobody said nuthin’ about infiltratin’ an elven city!” “Shut up!” said the leader of the small band. “We’s got a job to do and we’s gonna do it!” “Do you know what the elves will do to us if we gets caught?” the first began again. “I ain’t likin’ this!” “Do you know what the boss will do if we don’t succeed?” hissed the larger orc back. “Or, maybe you’d rather face the Eye.” “The Eye!” exclaimed the orc. “No! No!” “Then shaddup and do your job.” The moonlight had vanished again and the lead orc slipped off without another word. The second orc turned and gave his partner a disgusted glance then followed. “I’m just sayin’ I ain’t likin’ this.”

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  • The Amazing Wraiths

    THE AMAZING WRAITHS Episode 3: Why Don’t You Throw Yourself in Next Time? (Rivendell to Lothlorien) Video: Montage of shots showing an ornate palace and surrounding village nestled in a valley. Camera zooms in to show a figure standing at the top of one of the towers. Phil Keoghan: Rivendell. The latest Pit Stop in a Race across Middle Earth. A Race to destroy the One Ring of Power. Teams arrived here at the end of the last leg of their journey for a mandatory rest period; a chance to eat, sleep and mingle with the other teams. Video: Scenes of teams arriving in Rivendell and being greeted by Elrond and Arwen. “Welcome to Rivendell”. Other scenes of teammembers talking to each other. Shots of Aragorn flirting with Arwen, Legolas and Gimli arguing and of Boromir staring at Frodo. Phil: Will Legolas and Gimli overcome their differences and start working together? Will Boromir continue to work with his teammate Aragorn, or will he allow his obvious attraction for the Ring carried by rival team member Frodo to sway his judgement. And, will we ever see both Gandalfs, the Grey and the White, together. Find out tonight on,┬áThe Amazing Wraiths. Opening Credits: Dramatic music plays. Quick montage of scenes from around Middle Earth. Rowing boats on the river Isen, horseback riding in Rohan, climbing among the rocks of Mt. Doom, etc. Interspersed with the images are shots of all of the teams. The montage ends with the title┬áThe Amazing Wraiths Scene:

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