If the Elven kings have 3 rings, the Dwarf Lords have 7 Rings, mortal men have 9 rings, and Sauron has one ring, how many rings does it take to rule them all?

This is why Balrogs need solid math fundamentals.

While not mythological, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is pretty legendary amongst fantasy enthusiasts and authors. Nearly everything about it has been ripped off, altered, or outright copied by later authors due to its success and widespread appeal. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but as far as books go, I’ve always preferred the Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings. There’s something about a good solid story with a strong character and plot arc that I find vastly superior to a sort of rambling epic designed as an exploration of a created world. That’s not to say that Lord of the Rings is bad, just that its predecessor is a better work of narrative fiction.

I am both hopeful and terrified at the prospects of the Hobbit movie.

Anyway, Balrogs are pretty neat. William helped come up with this idea and I had to do it. It took me a while to figure out how to do it well and I still feel like this would make a better animation than it does a comic, but I’m happy with it.

I haven’t got time to animate happle tea anyway.

Oh yeah, the Happle Tea iPhone game is hitting the iTunes store on Saturday I believe. It’s a very simple little pixel-art game that I made for school last semester, coded by Lajos Kamocsay and with music by William. I think its working pretty well now and if it isn’t, well, it’s free.

It is also on par with that bike race in Battle Toads in terms of difficulty. Savor it.