Where's My Windrider Installment?!

At least I hope somebody, somewhere asked that today.

But either way, I thought it only fair to mention why you've got no story, since here it is the first of the month. First of all, I had a post go live today on The New Authors Fellowship today, and I said I wasn't going to stack Windrider stories on top of NAF posts, so that has bumped Windrider, I fear. (I've committed to Sundays at NAF, so Windrider doesn't have the clout to mess with that.) So, I'm thinking the adjusted method of operations for Windrider is going to end up being the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. This will give a few breathing days between my pelting you with NAF links and new story segments. I appreciate we all only have so much time to read.

My other excuse for bumping Windrider back is that I didn't work on it while I was in UT. I just couldn't afford to subdivide my attention. The way I see it, I was paying about $18.75 an hour for the education I was receiving and writing I was doing there, so every moment I didn't give The Sword of the Patron my full attention was money slipping through my fingers. (Now that is only the most surface of ways I can assign value to that experience...the rest is less tangible but far more profound.) So, I regret to report that the story did not make enough progress to be be ready to post in the little bit of airport time I spent on it. Hopefully by next week, I'll have some other fix for Vinyanel to try to find his way out of. Mwahahahaha!

All right, enough of my excuses right? What about some content here?

I've been watching some of the updates Pater Jackson and Weta Workshop have been offering on The Hobbit movies that are coming up 2012 and 2013, and I've found fan speculation to be interesting. We're all watching for our favorite characters to be confirmed as to who's playing whom, and there's this one rogue character in there who caught my eye. The character of Itaril, female elf warrior. Who is she? I'll be darned if I remember her from JRR Tolkien's book. A bet she's not in there. (Some Tolkien aficionado mightier than me, correct me if I'm wrong, please, and let me know where she is.)

But here's my speculation. I think this warrior female is going to provide the romance angle every blockbuster Hollywood movie requires. They need some angst-filled looking pair of people occupying eachother's personal space to at least put in the trailer, don't they? My out-on-a-limb prediction is that if they confirm the casting of Itaril, then there's going to be some kind of romantic subplot involving her and Legolas. A wild guess? Yes. Completely without any backup? Yes. All except for the fact that I don't think big budget blockbuster movie makers would make these two movies sans romance, like the Hobbit, was originally written and write off a portion of their potential audience.

But since I have no inside scoop on the movie industry, only time will tell. What do you think? Will Peter, Fran, and Philippa create a romance subplot from nothing? It will be interesting to see if they can recreate the magic they worked on their first trilogy masterpiece now a decade old.


  1. Methinks you might be right. Its not like Legolas having a romance would be WRONG, It just never came up in the books, right? ;) You have a very logical hunch. We shall see when production still begin to come out.

  2. I'm just thinking, how many women might they get through the doors of the hobbit if Orlando Bloom in all his elfyness is wooing some warrior girl? Just sayin. I'm personally not a big swooner over Orlando myself, but I know it's a major factor as female audience of Tolkien movies go.

  3. Lol, yeah, Legolas is great and all, but I like a more mature elf. Someone able to handle the responsibility of a ring of power. Tall dark and handsome. Usual stuff.

  4. You're right--there's no Itaril mentioned in The Hobbit or LotR. Not sure about anywhere else in Tolkien's works. But her name sounds familiar from the Third Age video game...OK, I just made myself sound like a complete nerd there. ;)

    It will definitely be interesting to see what they do...just so they don't ruin it like Walden Media did to Prince Caspian.

  5. Ugh, Caspian. Bad. Talk about a case of taking the skeletal premise of a book and making a completely "other" movie.

  6. (*tongue in cheek*) Horror of Horrors! Hollywood would never change a movie in order to get more money. That is would be just wrong!

  7. Oddly enough I played the Third Age as well, and now that you mention it, I believe the girl in there MIGHT have been named Itaril.. or somethign similar. I rented it though, so i can't go pop it in an see.


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