1: Yeah, I generally block people on Facebook if they repeatedly post links trying to get attention for whatever it is they’re doing.
2: Wow. Just wow. How’s it feel out there on hypocrite island?
1: Water’s warm, women are pretty, and you’re never accountable for your actions.
2: I respect that.
"I used to abide by the usual "no regrets" mantra, but then a few things happened that I deeply regret. Then again, I like who I am, so that should mean I have no regrets, right?"
Nearly 75 years after “The Hobbit” was published, some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s earliest sketches of Middle Earth have finally emerged. The book is a landmark of the high fantasy genre, in part because of Tolkien’s detailed use of maps and drawings to help better illustrate the complex world of Middle Earth.
- Photo 1: One of the very first pictures of the dragon Smaug, this sketch was probably drawn before Tolkien decided the monster would only fly around at night.
- Photo 2: A watercolor painting of the nefarious dragon also features the town of Dale to the right, which Smaug obliterated in “The Hobbit.” Also visible is the stone bridge that Bilbo and the dwarves crossed to get to the Lonely Mountain.
- Photo 3: In this later drawing, Tolkien has decided to change the course of the river to loop around the valley of Dale. Tolkien eventually changed the description of the river’s course in the text of “The Hobbit,” but only when the novel was in proof.
- Photo 4: This image of Smaug flying at night represents the fully fleshed-out concept for the dragon, the Lonely Mountain and the town of Dale that Bilbo and his companions encounter in “The Hobbit.”
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