Would Gandalf be a good king? Like many questions about Lord of The Rings, you could answer this a hundred different ways - and honestly I think it depends on what scenes you focus on and which role Gandalf is playing, because he does several things across the books. (source: blackgate.com) So I want to… Continue reading Would Gandalf Be A Good King?
Month: November 2020
King Harald of Norway and the Globalised Medieval World
I'm part-way through reading The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan. The primary argument is that the Middle East and Central Asia played a much bigger and more important role in antiquity and medieval times than we generally realise in the west, and I've enjoyed it so far - especially his coverage of the period between… Continue reading King Harald of Norway and the Globalised Medieval World
Pennsylvania and the President
Over the last week, all eyes have been on Pennsylvania. The most likely swing state in the US general election, it's now the place the Trump campaign are targeting most heavily with their litigation blunderbuss. One place has particularly drawn their ire: Philadelphia. As Trump said, "a lot of bad things happen in Philadelphia. Bad… Continue reading Pennsylvania and the President
CNN has projected that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. Regardless of your thoughts on policy or where you stand on the political spectrum, I think this is a reason to celebrate. Trump was a unique politician. He would never concede ground. Never admit to being wrong. He never sought… Continue reading And Breathe