How Is A Mathematical Proof Like Frodo's Journey In Lord Of The Rings?

When people describe a story as being told in a "by the numbers" fashion, that's usually regarded as bad. But in a talk at Oxford University the other day, scientist Marcus du Sautoy argued that a great mathematical proof is a lot like a story. In fact, a really great proof is like Frodo's journey in Lord of the Rings » 1/21/15 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

You'll Have To Hurry To Own These Incredible Lord Of The Rings Posters

Matt Ferguson's gloriously geeky art is well known for its awesomeness (as well as its ability to promptly sell out the moment it goes on sale) - and this latest trilogy of posters inspired by the Lord of the Rings is no exception. You've only got until the end of this weekend to buy it though! » 1/16/15 12:35am 1/16/15 12:35am

How Michael Moorcock Became The Anti-Tolkien

Michael Moorcock once referred to the huge catalog of names, places, rings and rulers in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy texts as "a pernicious confirmation of the values of a morally bankrupt middle class." He accused Tolkien's work of infantilization. And he created his most famous character, Elric, as a critique of… » 1/07/15 3:40pm 1/07/15 3:40pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. » 12/24/14 10:00am 12/24/14 10:00am

Shadow Of Mordor's New Expansion Is A Huge Letdown

Shadow of Mordor is one of the best games I played this year. I had high hopes for Lord of the Hunt, its first major expansion, as a result. "New monsters!" I thought. "More nemesis orcs to fight, some of whom ride on top of the new monsters! What could possibly go wrong?" So many things, apparently. » 12/17/14 12:38pm 12/17/14 12:38pm

It Takes 6​ Minutes To Show Every Death In The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

Someone has assembled this supercut of every single death shown in Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King, and suddenly it dawns on me that LotR is, in a sense, mostly a tale of genocide against orcs. Seriously, the ratio of orc to non-orc deaths here is kind of disturbing. » 12/11/14 8:40am 12/11/14 8:40am

The Funniest Tolkien Article You'll Read This Week

We all know that J.R.R. Tolkien's famous fantasy books are merely translations of an ancient text, the Red Book of Westmarch. But what would happen if someone else tried to do their own translation? Could they get sued by the Tolkien estate and win? That's what this hilarious article in the Toast unravels for you. » 12/08/14 2:40pm 12/08/14 2:40pm

The Most Accidentally Hilarious Lines From Science Fiction And Fantasy

Sometimes our favorite movies and TV shows feature some hideously ridiculous dialogue. And this nonsensical and melodramatic speech is part of why some movies are such a guilty pleasure. Here are the 10 awesomest lines of unintentionally funny dialogue from science fiction and fantasy movies and television. » 11/27/14 11:08am 11/27/14 11:08am