Last night Amazon’s ‘Rings of Power premiered, as did HBO’s ‘House of Dragon’. For eleven years I have been telling fellow Oregonians WE have a Ring Legend. No one listened to me. This is one reason why I ran for Governor. I anticipated Amazon coming into Oregon and made plans to have them enhance our culture, verses take away from the Creative Bohemian Class. I knew I owned The Remedy for allot of problems Amazon was having, one being – Racism! Rather than offer my solutions FOR FREE, I am forced to sell my ideas if I want to own any creative input. I do not know if Amazon has been reading my blog and newspaper – for years!
Several days ago I blogged on the clue Marilyn Monroe might be my kin, and then began a chapter on her and Arthur Miller. Then, I see an ad for a Netflix series on Monroe.
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Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has finally debuted and every bit of its $465 million budget is on the screen, with fans lauding the cinematic look of the first two episodes. US audiences were able to watch the episodes early in theaters on Aug. 31, and the rest of the world was given access via Prime Video on Sept. 1.
Now, on Sept. 2, the 49-year anniversary of the death of J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings books, HBO Max is attempting to dampen the show’s marketing buzz by releasing the first episode of House of the Dragon for free on YouTube.
Joaquin Miller had dinner with the Pre-Raphaelites and was my grandmother’s friend. This history is being compiled for the grant I am applying for. The history of the Pre-Raphaelites has not been discarded. I will prepare a home in Springfield.
Above is a photograph of my ancestors taken in the Oakland Hills no far from where Miller lived in his Bohemian enclave called ‘The Hights”. These are Turners and Forty-eighters who helped found the Abolitionist Republican Party and elected our Kin, John Fremont, to be the first Presidential candidate. I am going to send this photo to the Smithsonian. There is a rifle and a black wreath hanging in the tree. The wreath may have something to do with the Odd Fellows who allowed Ken Kesey’s mural to be rendered on their wall.
“As a token of her confidence, she told him he need no longer call
her, “Auntie.” The previous year, Bilbo had suggested that Frodo no
longer address him as, “Uncle,” if he wished. Plain, “Bilbo,” would
do. Frodo still called Bilbo, “Uncle,” now and then; it had become
too ingrained a habit. But, following suit, Rosamunda suggested Frodo
might call her, “Rosa,” or, “Rosamunda.” Frodo forgot, and called
her, “Auntie,” many times, but, within the space of an afternoon
tea, “Rosa,” she became.”
Rosamunda Bolger (née Took) was the mother of Fredegar “Fatty” Bolger
and Estella Brandybuck. She was married to Odovacar Bolger and was
known as Rosamunda Took prior to the marriage. They lived in
Budgeford in Bridgefields in the Eastfarthing of the Shire. Rosamunda
and Odovacar both attended the Bilbo’s Farewell Party in 3001 along
with their children.
Christine Rosamond Benton and I were drawn into Tolkien’s Trilogy. The artist known as ‘Rosamond’ could not put these books down, nor could I. This caused our mutual friend, Keith Purvis, a British subject, to comment;
“She doesn’t know these books are real.”
We three were original hippies who took the Lord of the Rings to heart as we modified the modern world, made it over more to our liking, we oblivious to what normal folk were about. This is exactly what William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelite Brother and Sisterhood did. They – returned!
I discovered the Pre-Raphaelites in 1969 and let my hair grow long for the first time. I gave up drugs in 1967 and was looking for a spiritual format. I came under the spell of the Rossetti family who were friendly with Joaquin Miller. We Presco children knew Miller’s daughter as ‘The White Witch’ and we would call her for advice. Miller’s home ‘The Abbye’ was above our home in the Oakland Hills. Our kindred were friends of Miller, who was also a friend of Swineburn, who wrote ‘The Queen-Mother and Rosamund’ and ‘Rosamund Queen of Lombards. Tolkien was inspired by the Lombards.
Filed away in Rosamond’s probate is my plea to the executor to allow me to be my sister’s historian. I mention Miller and Rossetti. I saw myself in the role of Michael Rossetti who had his own publishing company. He published Miller and other famous poets. When I was twelve, my mother read evidence I might become a famous poet.
All my imput has been ruthlessly ignored, because petty un-creative minds have forced our families creative legacy down the tiny holes of their hidden agendas, into the mouths of worms and parasites, because these ignorant people sensed I and the real Art World, did not let them in the door – would never admit them into our circle, our ring of genius!
Yesterday I received in the mail a book I ordered on E-Bay. I quickly scanned it to see if their were any illustrations or photographs. Then, I found it, what amounts to my personal Holy Grail. Joaquin Miller dedicated his book of poems ‘Songs of The Sun-Land’ to the Rossetti family that includes Gariel, Michael, and, Christine. Gabriel was a artist and poet, Michael, a publisher, and Christine, a poet.
“TO THE ROSSETTIS”
There is controversy over this dedication. Michael is against it. He is critical of Miller’s poems that takes the reader to the Holy Land. Joaquin is describing a personal relationship with the Savior that reminds me of how Bohemians and Hippies would view Jesus, he a Nature Boy of sorts.
Gabriel, who had Joaquin over to his house for dinner, where he met several members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood seems to address his brother’s objections in a letter, and gives a tentative go ahead. He talks about Miller sending him a photograph of himself and bids him to say a word or two at the bottom of it, that does not exist. This photo may be the famous one taken by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who is better known as Lewis Carrol the author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. If Joaquin had glued this portrait to a piece of paper, then we might have seen it on the dedication page.
What is going on here is extremely profound. Miller has exported his vision and lifestyle to the England, where he wrote Song of the Sierras, and now he is importing to America a cultural brand that contains Grail and Arthurian subject matter that was at the epicenter of the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
The Rossettis may not have been too happy with Miller attaching himself to their star because the British are very protective of their culture. I wish I could say the same thing about the University of Oregon that is about to tear down homes that were once in the city limits of Fairmount, the city founded by Joaquin’s brother, George Miller.
The homes the Miller brothers lived in are registered and protected as Monuments. There is a Joaquin Miller State Park near Florence that was founded by George who also promoted the Winnemucca to the Sea Highway. There needs to be a Monument for George. I suggest the homes on Columbia Terrace be spared, and this city block declared a National Monument. I have suggested these homes be used to house homeless Vets going to college, but now I see a Free College on this site due to the student loan crisis.
This college will teach alternatives to prospective students of the UofO, such as having parents of students purchase a home in Eugene. In many cases a mortgage is cheaper than rent. Teaching your children how to get a job rather then attend college, will produce more home ownership that the UofO who promises jobs – that don’t exist!
The Miller Brothers were born on a farm near Coburg. They went into the world and achieved much. They are a cultural icon too Oregon and California. On page ten of the prelude, we read;
“By unnamed rivers of the Oregon north’
That roll dark-heaved into turbulent hills,
I have made my home….The Wild heart thrills
With memories fierce, and world storms forth.”
I once read that many college students didn’t know there was a Oregon, and if they did, they didn’t know where it is. The Rossettis more than likely read these words. Did they go to a globe to see where Joaquin and George live?
How many students at the UofO know who the Miller brothers were, and the Brotherhood.
‘Rings of Power’ Recap: First Two Episodes Let ‘Lord of the Rings’ Fans Breathe a Sigh of Relief
That sound you just heard is neither drums, drums in the deep nor the roar of a Balrog. It was actually a collective sigh of relief emanating from countless “Lord of the Rings” fans who just watched the first two episodes of “The Rings of Power” and realized that it is, in fact, a compelling expansion of the Middle-earth mythos. The episodes, titled “Shadows of the Past” and “Adrift,” both premiered tonight, while the remaining six will air weekly. The Second Age of Middle-earth is fairly technologically advanced, all things considered, but it would seem they haven’t yet developed the means to drop an entire season of prestige television at once.
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“Shadows of the Past” begins, as the movies did, with a prologue narrated by Galadriel — this one even longer and more detailed than its predecessor. Here it’s Morfydd Clark rather than Cate Blanchett in the role, and she’s still in her battle-hardened warrior phase as she sets the stage for us. Middle-earth is attempting to move on from a ruinous war with Morgoth, a godlike being from whom all evil stems, as well as his chief lieutenant: none other than Sauron himself. The forces of good eventually emerged victorious, but not before suffering devastating losses — including Galadriel’s own brother.
She then jumps into the action herself, leading a group of fellow elves as they scout for any remaining trace of Sauron and/or his orcs — and eventually finding his sigil in a snowy cave. Galadriel considers this irrefutable evidence that their enemy persists, while her tired underlings — who are quick to point out that their excursion was supposed to have ended long ago — insist that the marking could be decades or even centuries old.
And so they return to the Elvish city of Lindon, where Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker) are waiting to congratulate the group on a mission that they feel has proven they no longer need to worry about pesky old Sauron. For their valor, Galadriel and her team are to sail to the mystical Undying Lands and live the rest of their days as all elves should. But Galadriel, who at this point is beginning to seem like Middle-earth’s Cassandra, doesn’t want that; it’s as though she can feel in her bones that the threat lingers. It thus comes as little surprise when she jumps off the boat moments before crossing the threshold to the Undying Lands, leaving herself quite literally at sea.
Not that those familiar with her work in “Saint Maud” or “The Personal History of David Copperfield” will be surprised, but Clark proves more than worthy as Blanchett’s successor (or predecessor, as it were). She delivers lines like, “This place is so evil our torches give off no warmth” and “We had no word for death, for we thought our joys would be unending” with all the heft they deserve; it’s almost enough to make you wonder why it took so long for Galadriel to be at the forefront of a series like this.
Throughout these first two episodes, characters are divided into two camps: those who believe the past is behind them and those who believe Sauron hasn’t truly been vanquished. Unsurprisingly if also a bit sadly, the latter group would appear to be correct. That includes not just Galadriel but also Arondir (Cruz Córdova), whose 79-year tenure at an important elvish outpost has made him understandably wary of whatever might still be out there. Gil-galad and Elrond are convinced that their enemy is gone for good, but Galadriel thinks otherwise — and is determined to prove it. Her compatriots are none too pleased with this, and one would be forgiven for thinking that sending her to the Undying Lands isn’t a reward so much as a means of getting rid of her. Despite being a brilliant warrior and fearless leader, she’s also insolent and stubborn — but that doesn’t mean she’s wrong.
Neither is she the only intriguing character in “The Rings of Power.” Arondir, a Silvan Elf being positioned as the show’s Legolas equivalent, is notable not only for his Galadriel-like certainty that the current peace won’t hold but also for his forbidden love affair with a human woman named Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi). He thinks he’s stopping by her humble abode to see her one last time after being relieved of his duty — a visit that displeases her young son — but the two end up venturing to a nearby village after a farmer asks her to look at his cow, who’s secreting something like blood from its udders rather than milk. Quelle surprise, said village has been ransacked — and it sure seems like orcs were responsible, especially when one shows up in her home and nearly kills the child. If only there were another elf with whom Arondir might eventually team up to take on this looming threat…
For all that portent, “The Rings of Power” isn’t all doom and gloom. Part of what makes “Lord of the Rings” so beloved is the way it balances high stakes with a kind of pastoral levity. That comes mostly from the hobbits, represented in “The Rings of Power” by Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh), whose wish for something grander than what her modest village offers is answered when a comet streaks across the sky at the end of the first episode. She and her less adventurous friend reach it first, and discover that a person has landed with it.
Thus ends our introduction to Middle-earth’s second age, and it’s a good thing we didn’t have to wait a week to learn more. J.A. Bayona both directed “Shadows of the Past” and the as-yet unnamed second episode, and it’s clear that his work on “The Impossible” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” adequately prepared him for the heft and scope of Middle-earth.
I choose to think of “Adrift” as The Dwarf Episode, not because it exclusively features our mining friends but because the first one didn’t feature them at all — the nerve! Here we see Khazad-dûm in all its former glory, the glory that Gimli talked up before realizing it was now little more than a tomb. After being asked whether he’s heard of Lord Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) and answering in the affirmative, Elrond asks the famed smith to journey from Eregion to Khazad-dûm in hopes of convincing his friend Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) to help them with their secretive project, one whose true purpose would be a mystery were the series not literally named after it. Keep an eye on Celebrimbor in the episodes to come — though he hasn’t had much screentime yet, he’s likely to be one of the most consequential characters in the entire series.
Though the dwarvish capital is awe-inspiring, it isn’t especially welcoming. After initially being refused entry, Elrond is forced to invoke a rite that will grant him an audience with Durin if he can best him in a rock-breaking contest; if he forfeits, he’ll be banished forever. Elrond does indeed lose — rock-breaking is kind of what dwarves do best, after all — but while being escorted out of Khazad-dûm by Durin he successfully charms his old friend, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in decades. This, it turns out, was the source of that inhospitality: Durin was hurt that Elrond didn’t attend his wedding or congratulate him on the birth of his children. Elrond, as clever as he is charming, sincerely apologizes and asks for the opportunity to also apologize to his friend’s wife — which Durin agrees to, so long as Elrond leaves immediately after.
You can see where this is going. Durin’s delightful better half Disa (Sophia Nomvete) is a gracious host who insists that her guest stays for dinner, which allows Elrond to finally ask for Durin’s help on the project he and Celebrimbor are working on. Durin reluctantly agrees, and the two take the idea to his father: King Durin III (Peter Mullan), whose skepticism would appear to cast doubt on the whole affair.
Elsewhere in Episode 2, Nori attempts to nurse Comet Man (note: not his real name) back to health while dealing with both a language barrier and the fact that he’s somewhere between disoriented and insane. (He’s identified in the credits as The Stranger and played by Daniel Weyman.) It’s here that discerning viewers will begin wondering whether there might be some connection between the strange fellow who survived a falling star and the all-powerful antagonist everyone seems so worried about, but far be it from your humble correspondent to speculate on such matters.
“True creation requires sacrifice,” Celebrimbor says early in the second episode. Though unlikely to have been intended as such, the line feels like an encapsulation of the series as a whole. It may take some time yet to fully absorb the fact that Amazon literally dropped $1 billion on its “Lord of the Rings” show, but at least you can see where the money went. It’s difficult to think of a single television production not named “Game of Thrones” that has ever felt quite so vast and, yes, epic. “The Rings of Power” doesn’t feel small compared to the movies, nor does it feel unworthy of them. We can bemoan the fact that seemingly everything has to be an expanded universe these days, but we can also be happy when they’re good.