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The First Time Our Favorite Magical Creatures Appeared in Fantasy Novels and Legends

Meira Bienstock | Posted 09.08.2014 | Home
Meira Bienstock

The language and characters intertwined with the fantasy world we have imagined has come as second nature for those of us who read stories of magic. Listed below are the magical creatures and the first time they made an appearance in literature.

Calling All Hobbits of Color

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Black Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

It becomes utterly disturbing when racial equality isn't even allowed to enter our fantasy films, which represent the furthest reaches of our dreamiest dreams.

Is "Elevenses" a Meal Anywhere, Or Did J.R.R. Tolkien Invent It?

Quora | Posted 02.12.2013 | Entertainment

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Joshua Engel, Polymath Elevenses is real. It's a late morning snack, served around (surprise...

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The Hobbit entranced me in a way that made me forget about the technology and just plug into the movie itself. By the end, I wasn't even resenting the clunky 3D glasses.

Ass In Line, Hobbits, etc.

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Sharron Angle Lashes Out At John McCain

Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, who made an unsuccessful run to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the 2010 election season, lashed out at S...

Band on the Rise: The Naked and the Famous Break Out of NZ

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Hobbits? Of course. The Maori? Word. Buzzworthy band? Um, no. New Zealand is known for a lot of things, but inhabiting indie bands with a load of hype is not among them. Until now.

Animal Oddities: Birds That Eat People

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

For Westerners, the idea of being eaten by an animal is considered the stuff of fantasy and horror films. However, for modern humans of the not-so-distant past, the prospect of being killed and eaten by wild predators was reality.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains: Shuffle Bored!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

No matter what those dopey Twilight movies tell you, werewolves make lousy house pets. But someone else was morphing into a monster under last night's full moon as well...

Adventures of the Tricksy Hobbit

Meredith Lopez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Meredith Lopez

Some words of wisdom bestowed upon me the night before my baby shower, by my Uncle Big Rudy: "Parenthood is one argument you just aren't going to win."

Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Banana Wars.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Happy Shakespeare's Birthday everyone. Let's celebrate by talking about Survivor, which is exactly what Shakespeare would have written if only he had had no talent.

Survivor Heroes vs Villains: Mission Implausible.

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Parvati didn't flip and Courtney's skeleton went back to her graveyard or haunted castle or wherever it is that living skeletons hang out. Poor JT. Totally betrayed.

Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Shudder Island

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

There really is no one left to root for playing Survivor. (It's not like Rupert has a chance of winning. Get real.) The only thing left to make one tune it in is to see the inevitable fall of Bulbous Baggins, aka, Russell The Hobbit on Crack.

Survivor: Heroes vs Villains: Robbed!

Tallulah Morehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tallulah Morehead

Rob described Tyson the Mormon Moron as having been "as dumb as a bag of rocks," although I think this was unnecessarily insulting to bags of rocks.

Hobbits May Have Existed, Suggests New Evidence

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A miniature species of extinct humans, nicknamed "hobbits", possessed unusual anatomical features explained by their complete isolation from the rest ...

Hobbits Found To Be 'A Separate Species'

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Scientists have found more evidence that the Indonesian "Hobbit" skeletons belong to a new species of human - and not modern pygmies....