Staff / TruthdigDec 9, 2015
A man faces jail time in Turkey over a Facebook post that compared a "Lord of the Rings" character with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, something the "Late Show" host couldn't just stand by and watch without intervening. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigDec 13, 2014
"Both 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' turn on the 'return of the king' to his rightful throne," and in both stories " 'victory' means the reassertion of a feudal social structure which had been disrupted by 'evil,' " fiction author Damien Walter writes of some of the 20th century's most celebrated works of imagination. Dig deeper ( 2 Min. Read )
Alexander Reed Kelly / TruthdigAug 7, 2012
New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro, a backdrop for scenes in "The Lord of the Rings" movies, erupted for the first time in 115 years late Monday night, spreading a thick layer of ash for several miles and causing residents to leave their homes and airlines to cancel flights. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigAug 31, 2011
Copyright originated in early 1700s England as a contract between authors and society, “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times [28 years] to Authors … the exclusive right to their respective Writings.” (more) Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigNov 20, 2010
Twenty-seven miners have been declared missing after an explosion in New Zealand's South Island, jogging our collective memory of the Chilean miners who were trapped underneath the ground for 69 days. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigOct 7, 2010
Faced with the happy prospect of describing what one MSNBC reporter could not -- the 41 combinations of sex that Americans are having, according to a new survey -- Stephen Colbert breaks it down with the help of his articulated friends Not Barbie and Samwise Gamgee. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigSep 10, 2010
Using the same terminology one might employ to describe the plot of “The Lord of the Rings,” President Obama has agreed that the country's economic recovery has been “painfully slow” and has indicated he understands the vitriol aimed toward Democrats as the 2010 midterm elections approach. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
Staff / TruthdigApr 23, 2010
It seems the GOP's "make sure nothing happens in government" approach is still going strong, with Senate Republicans blocking an effort by Democrats to begin debate on widely popular legislation to regulate the nation's financial system. Dig deeper ( 1 Min. Read )
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