Must the best laid plans of Hobbits and Gondor go awry?
by Stan Faryna
An Unexpected Journey
An unexpected journey must begin like all great adventures begin – just like in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book of the epic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings. It begins in the commonwealth of small pleasantries, tamer hopes and dreams, and gentle ambitions. Among little people – people of lesser imagination and destiny. But ahead, there is great adventure, greater perils, and unimaginable reward.
JRR Tolkien Reads The One Ring Poem
I look forward to The Hobbit movie. New Zealander Peter Jackson is the Director of The Hobbit – as he was for The Lord of the Rings trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. I’m excited. Are you?
I’m also excited to hear that Peter Jackson is experimenting with 48 frames per second (the standard is 24). The visual impact promises to be life-like, visceral, and shocking. Some hate it. Jackson’s response is loud and clear, here, here, and here: 48 fps is the future. Indeed, Anthony Breznican writes:
The Hobbit has become the touchstone in a larger conversation happening within the film industry about how to make movies more immersive and appealing.
That’s not a bad thing, is it?
All of which reminds me of the conversation about ebooks, e-publishing, publishing, self-publishing, books, and book writing.
From the Gladiator Soundtrack
There and Back Again
In fact, this is the unexpected journey to which I write in this blog post. The great adventure of writing, the Fellowship of the Book, the dark forces and armies pitted against us, and the fire that burns in the heart of Mordor: Orodruin known also as Mount Doom. Never you mind the subtle lesson in weaving my seo wizardry into the narrative!
Do not take note of how many links and link titles I forged in the darkness – in the darkness to bind them!
Some might also say that five characters are too many to introduce to a reader – even if it’s partly about link love. And especially when done all at once as carelessly as I have done here.
Five? But you just now counted four! Yes, five – myself included.
In fact, there are nine companions in The Fellowship of the Ring: Samwise Gamgee, Peregrin Took, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli the Dwarf, Gandalf, and Frodo Baggins.
12 companions upon an epic journey would have been better. Nine is not among my favorite numbers.
From whither shall come the blows?
Our story here begins with five. With some hope that the seven may find us sooner than later. Upon these shoulders, the yoke of fellowship will be forged – or not. A Fellowship of the Book may be in the making – a fellowship stronger (or weaker) because if it is bound, it is bound by human hearts.
Jack Steiner (@thejackb on Twitter) stands tallest among the five. He’s the world’s greatest daddy blogger. He has a forehead and a mind like a bull – unstoppable and persistent. He’s a fighter, a man in the arena, and, he will remind some of Homer’s Ajax. Jack’s blog is here: http://www.thejackb.com
Next in height is Bill Dorman (@bdorman264). The measure includes a Burger King crown which represents Bill’s epic social stature as a blogger. Formerly known as the invisible blogger, Bill has a friendly grin that doesn’t ever stop. You always see teeth when Bill smiles. Bill Dorman’s blog is here: http://billdorman.me
John Magnet Bell (@StartYourNovel) is a multi-dimensional entity that some suspect to be an incarnation of Jerry Cornelius. Or a NYT best-selling fiction author who enjoys being ordinary via pseudonym. His eyes and brow have all the intensity and torture of a fallen angel. Bell’s blog is here: http://www.startyournovel.com
Beaming in a fine pair of churches shoes and a bespoke, double breasted suit, you might mistake Billy Delaney (@billy_delaney) as a mysterious Man In Black. But Billy works for a higher authority than MIB. The world’s greatest grandfather, his kind face reminds me of the old country. Billy’s blog is here: http://social-tango.com
And there go I. Stan Faryna (@Faryna). I don’t have claims to fame. None have mistaken me for someone important. I have no crown. I always sucked at basketball. Nor am I the brightest penny on the block. I’m not even kind on the eyes. But some say compassion dances and burns like the fires of Gondor in the brown of my eyes.
These are the five. Each aspires to be an author. To do amazing things. To make good money by their words.
There are things to learn. Understand. And teach.
All face the same challenge. To enlarge upon their audience, followers, and fans. To extend digital reach, presence, and bang. To write, to improve upon their writing, and become greater storytellers.
To fearlessly dare to be great. In their own voices.
With such daring, the imagination suggests that the best laid plans of Hobbits and Gondor will succeed. If and only if – carried upon the shoulders of the Fellowship of the Book.
28 April 2012
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