Back in 2005, I wrote a piece about the Star Wars films called "A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope", originally for a mailing list of friends. One of those friends asked if he could host the piece on his website, so that he could point others to it. He did and the piece gradually gained an unexpectedly huge popularity over the next few years.

Recently, the website hosting A New Sith went down, so I've set up this journal to give it a new home. Other pieces that I've written may well find a home here in the near future.

Meanwhile, A New Sith itself is below at: A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope

Oldest and Fatherless: The Terrible Secret of Tom Bombadil

(This is another of my speculative pieces and nothing to do with Star Wars. This one is for an older trilogy.)

Old Tom Bombadil. Possibly the least liked character in The Lord of the Rings. A childish figure so disliked by fans of the book that few object to his absence from all adaptations of the story. And yet, there is another way of looking at Bombadil, based only on what appears in the book itself, that paints a very different picture of this figure of fun.

What do we know about Tom Bombadil? He is fat and jolly and smiles all the time. He is friendly and gregarious and always ready to help travellers in distress.

Except that none of that can possibly be true.

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A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope

Reconsidering Star Wars IV in the light of I-III

[I originally wrote this piece in 2005 and a friend posted it on his website. That site has recently gone down, so I'm reposting it here, as it still gets a lot of interest.]

If we accept all the Star Wars films as the same canon (as it seems we must) then a lot that happens in the original films has to be reinterpreted in the light of the prequels. As we now know, the rebel Alliance was founded by Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Bail Organa. What can readily be deduced is that their first recruit, who soon became their top field agent, was R2-D2.
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