How was Isildur Able to Curse the Men of Dunharrow?

Isildur and the Men of DunharrowOaths and curses figure strongly in the fantasy works of J.R.R. Tolkien because of their context within Old English / Old Norse speaking cultural traditions. An oath-breaker was a Nīþ, an extreme social outcast. Oath-breaking is the worst sort of violation and betrayal seen time and again in Tolkien’s works. Continue reading How was Isildur Able to Curse the Men of Dunharrow?

Why Does the One Ring have Such an Obsessive-Possessive Effect?

The One RingA questioner over on sci-fi.stackexchange asked this question on regards to the One Ring in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings asks “Considering the ring wants to return to its master, why do current possessors of the ring feel such a strong desire to keep it?” Continue reading Why Does the One Ring have Such an Obsessive-Possessive Effect?

D&D Starter Set Walkthrough: What’s In the Box

Over the weekend during a monthly Lamentations of the Flame Princess Game run by a good friend, I was gifted the recently available D&D Starter Set for the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition rules set. I was very excited to get this as I had already planned on purchasing it on Amazon, where you can currently get it for under $12.

Since this is a major release of one of the original role playing games, I am going to review this, step by step, in a kind of a walk through.  This first article in this series covers the presentation of the game. It will go into much greater detail than the final review, but Ill link back to these individual posts. Continue reading D&D Starter Set Walkthrough: What’s In the Box

H.P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West Review

As a part of my research into developing Lovecraft: The RPG, I have been researching both the original stories by H P Lovecraft and also some of the academic research available. I just finished H.P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West by S T Joshi.  Here is a brief review for your interest. Continue reading H.P. Lovecraft: The Decline of the West Review