It’s a long holiday weekend in the UK and that can mean only one thing – it’s time to avoid DIY and that kind of soul-sucking stuff and leap wildly into the ready, saucy arms of music, books and films.
First up, Markus Heitz’s epic fantasy novel “The Dwarves”, which vaulted to the top of my reading list when I read that he was collaborating with Blind Guardian on the story for their next album. As I’m currently devouring Blind Guardian’s back catalogue at a rate of knots, this novel seemed like a no-brainer for me. 736 pages of adventure for foundling Dwarf Tungdil, whose solitary status in the land of men is challenged when he’s tasked to venture into a wider world and meet his own kind for the first time, finding himself thrust into dangers and a threat to his race quite unlike anything he’s ever known.
In short? European high fantasy – I’m all over it.
On a entirely related tip, cast your peepers over this duopoly of bad assery:
And, yes, you do score a multitude of Special Internet Points if you resisted the urge to look at either of the Blind Guardian CD cover artworks and yell “Tolkien“ at the top of your voice. Kudos to you!
The albums date from – consults Wikipedia discography – 1992 (“Somewhere Far Beyond”) and 1995 (“Imaginations From The Other Side“) and pre-date what is many fans favourite BG release, 1998’s concept-themed breakthrough album, “Nightfall in Middle-Earth“. Knock yourself out – yell “Tolkien” all you like when it comes to that record…
So, that’s my weekend – I may try to sneak in a viewing of “Night Watch”, too, as I’ve been reading the books – and I hope that yours is equally pleasant, be it spent with your family, friends or some combination thereof. Just remember – keep it geeky, peeps…