But we have the white wizard. That’s got to count for something.

When I agreed to review The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King (The Complete Recordings), I had no idea what reviewing a soundtrack of this magnitude would entail. My usual genres are those that have singer/songwriters, or band members who compose and perform the music. Reviewing a three hour recording of music composed by one person and performed by many was far more daunting than I ever could have expected.

In the end, I did what I could, but I feel that someone with more experience in classical music reviewing would have done a better job of addressing aspects of the music itself. My approach ended up being as a fan of the films and the books, and how the music effected my experiences with them.

Tolkien provided rich material, ready to be harvested and presented by any talented composer. And, much in the way Jackson approached the film adaptation with reverence for the source material, Shore has done the same with the soundtrack. I don’t know what I expected for the soundtrack, but the one Shore has given us fits, and will forever be what plays through my mind as I re-read the books.

LEGO

I loved playing with LEGOs when I was younger. I probably would still be building things with them, but at the age of 13, my grandparents stopped buying them for me and since I couldn’t afford them, I lost interest. Why did they stop buying them for me, you ask? The box said ages 7-12, or something like that.

A man with a lot of LEGOs and time on his hands has recreated scenes from the Bible using his LEGO sets. They are accurately depicted, albeit with a touch of humor in the nature of their form.

LEGO is coming out with an Imperial Star Destroyer in its line of Star Wars figures. Check out the opening scene from Star Wars IV: A New Hope re-enacted with LEGOs.

My undergraduate degree is in Mathematics, so I think it is particularly cool that someone has put the time and effort into making mathematical sculptures using 1×1 and 1×2 bricks.

Brick Tales has recreated scenes from various classic literary works, including Hamlet, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Lord of the Rings.

For those who remember what it was like to build things with LOGO bricks that did not suggest a particular function or usage, take a look at the LEGO