The Medieval Institute at Notre Dame will celebrate medieval culture and the work of author J.R.R. Tolkien with a special screening of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, co-sponsored by the Meg and John P. Brogan Endowment for Classic Cinema.The festival begins Thursday with an introduction to the films by graduate student Maj-Britt Frenze at 7 p.m., followed by a showing of the trilogy’s first movie, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” The screening will continue Friday with its second film, “The Two Towers,” at 7 p.m. The final installment of the trilogy, “The Return of the King,” will be shown Sunday at 3:30 p.m. All screenings will take place in the Browning Cinema located in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).Frenze, a forth-year student in the Ph.D. program for Medieval Studies, said the film festival grew out of an effort to promote the Medieval Institute’s “Lord of the Rings” undergraduate reading group. The reading group, Frenze said, seeks to educate students about Tolkien’s work and analyze his use of medieval culture in his writing.Linda Major, director of undergraduate studies at the Medieval Institute, said Tolkien’s work was heavily influenced by medieval customs and lore.“Tolkien was a medievalist,” Major said.In the past, Major said the Medieval Institute has sponsored screenings of a number of other films influenced by the medieval period, such as the “Monty Python” movies, “Robin Hood” and “The Sword and the Stone.”Such films allow people to access medieval culture through modern day cinema, Major said.Through the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy in particular, Major said, the Medieval Institute aims to use modern cinema to introduce students to Tolkien’s writing, which blends medieval culture and fantasy.“We’re exposing the medieval roots of Tolkien’s Middle Earth,” Frenze said.A professor of Medieval English at Oxford, Tolkien’s acute knowledge of medieval history lent itself to a number of the literary elements in the “Lord of the Rings,” Frenze said.“Tolkien took many themes from [medieval] texts, such as dragons, riddles and many of the names of his characters,” Frenze said.Frenze said Tolkien’s work has had a lasting influence on fantasy writing and cinema. The genre owes a majority of its success to Tolkien and other prominent authors such as C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, she added.“Tolkien was pivotal in making fantasy as popular as it is,” Frenze said.The Medieval Institute hopes the festival will help spread appreciation of Tolkien’s enduring impact upon the genre, Frenze said.The Medieval Institute is offering two free tickets per individual for each film. Students may reserve tickets through the organization’s website and collect their tickets at the DPAC box office. Reservations must be made by Wednesday. Additional tickets may be purchased through the DPAC box office.Tags: Browning Cinema, J.R.R. Tolkien, lord of the rings, Medieval Institute
Blud Lubricants will give product awards to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car track and series champions and the national champion in the division a driver support sponsorship package. “We are really excited about this new partnership with Blud Lubricants and targeting our IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division is intentional as well,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “Our Sprint Car racers are a dynamic and loyal group and we’ve already had conversations about how we can grow this program and make an even greater impact in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car community nationwide.” “That’s another way we can help. It’s cool for drivers just starting out as well as established racers,” Green said. “We feel there is no product out there that can compete with ours. We are totally confident in what we’ve been producing since 1983.” Every Blud lubricant sold comes in a signature red color, a stroke of marketing genius Green credited to his son Trevor. “We can add value and growth with this program. It’s a real opportunity for us to help drivers, tracks and series,” Green noted. “We want this to be win-win, and if that happens it’s good for all of us.” SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A true racing company has expanded its niche to include IMCA. “We have a long history in racing and really pride ourselves in the technology we use,” said Jeff Green, owner and CEO of the Scottsdale, Ariz., company. “This oil is tested by some of the best racers out there. We’ve been doing this a long time and have a fantastic product and support program for drivers who are serious about racing.” “It’s fun to do marketing-wise and you can tell if the oil needs to be replaced,” he said. “We wanted to come up with a product that was better than anything else first, then worry about making money.” Sprint Car track and series champions receive a case of Pro Series racing engine oil, as does the IMCA RaceSaver Nationals champion. “I encourage IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers to try the product and fill out the online sponsorship application,” he continued. “Every little bit helps and this can be a great relationship to establish for drivers.” IMCA Modified racer Ricky Thornton Jr., along with notable Sprint Car racers Shane Stewart, Brent Marks, Paul McMahan, David Gravel and Sammy Swindell race with Blud technology manufactured by a related company. Blud products can be purchased online at www.bludlubricants.com; that’s the same site where drivers can fill out a sponsorship application. “Blud Lubricants is a true racing company. That’s our niche,” added Green, a life-long fan of the sport. “IMCA is the first dirt track sanctioning body we’ve worked with. We picked them on purpose. We’re getting in on the ground level with Sprint Cars and hope to expand to other divisions.”
NCSOFT, the developer behind Blade and Soul esports has announced that the European Regional Championship will take place on August 24th at the ESL Arena, Gamescom. Credit: GamescomThe top eight teams in Europe will compete throughout the day in the mixed one versus one and three versus three format, with the finals culminating at 21:00 CEST on the 24th August. Similarly, the North American Regional Championship will take place on 3rd September at PAX West, at the PAX Arena. The winners of each Regional Championship will receive a share of the impressive $340,000 prize money, raised by Blade and Soul fans through the purchase of an in-game item. Arguably more importantly, the top two teams from each region will receive an invite to the World Championships in South Korea from 20-29th September. In South Korea, for the first time in the game’s history, the best in Europe and North America will compete against seven other global territories to decide one world champion. Blade and Soul, for those unaware, is traditionally a Korean martial-arts massively multiplayer online role-playing game (“MMORPG”) and thus the esports is through the PVP element of the game. Players can utilise one of nine classes, each with unique features and traits. As aforementioned, there’s a mixture of both one versus one and three versus three at Gamescom. The former is exactly what it says on the tin, two players enter the arena, with one leaving victorious. The second is more complex. Only one player is active at a time, but with a limited number of assists and tag-outs, there’s a whole new layer of strategy and communication added to an already intriguing affair. This is the first year that Europe, Russia, North America, Thailand and Vietnam will have representatives at the World Championships so it’ll be an intriguing battle in Seoul. Esports Insider says: The pressure is on the Europeans now as they look to secure a spot in the World Championship finals out in South Korea. It’s certainly an interesting game to watch and we look forward to seeing the best battle it out at Gamescom.