The Annotated New Hope

The Star Wars Trilogy is an incredibly rich tapestry of detail. It has sustained over two decades because repeated viewings are so rewarding. There are so many little things to spot. Much of the basis of the “Expanded Universe” comes from characters barely glimpsed in the films. This section of the Index is an “insider’s …

Contract-law analysis of Sauron’s offer to the Dwarves

There’s geeks, there’s Tolkien geeks, and then there’s lawyer Tolkien geeks. A Michigan law student has deconstructed Sauron’s offer to the Dwarves in Fellowship of the Ring, with reference to contract law: But then we get to the last statement. “Refuse, and things will not seem so well.” There are (at least) two ways I …