Why are Gandalf and Leonidas British? The Curious Case of British Accents in Historical and Fantasy Films

There's been a lot of ink, both real and digital, spilled pondering this phenomenon, so it's unlikely my observations will add any real insights into this, but I would like to explore it a bit here. I recently watched the entire first series of MTV's (I know, I was surprised, too) television adaptation of Terry … Continue reading Why are Gandalf and Leonidas British? The Curious Case of British Accents in Historical and Fantasy Films

A Poem for Good Friday: George Herbert, “The Sacrifice”

"The Sacrifice," from The Temple, by the 17th Century Anglican poet and priest, George Herbert (1593-1633).  A beautifully moving poem for Good Friday.   Oh all ye, who passe by, whose eyes and minde To worldly things are sharp, but to me blinde; To me, who took eyes that I might you finde: Was ever grief like … Continue reading A Poem for Good Friday: George Herbert, “The Sacrifice”