14 May 06
Added some fantastic poetry from J.R.R. Tolkien, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and Karl Edward Wagner from the Other Authors section.
26 Oct 05
Updated the "Overview" page to account for the Third Chronicles. Will get around to fleshing out this section when I steal time away from Hawai'i. So damn hard to make time to read when distracted by the mountains, beaches, and hot and cold running Asian ladies. Sigh ... ;-)
18 Aug 05
Hokey smokes Bullwinkle! Fifty thousand visitors have taken a peek at the site and it's accelerating. Where will the madness end?
In other news ... I've finished "Runes of the Earth" and although I probably won't get around to adding a review soon, suffice it to say I don't consider it to be an unmitigated success. From my perspective there was one good thing about the novel, and that was the very last sentence on the very last page. More to come ...
24 Dec 04
Well I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later ... just hope my speculative listing of cast members didn't add a spark to this tinderbox. "... save the Land from Saturn and his representatives". Saturn? ... oh brother.
"LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) -- Revelstone Entertainment has optioned the rights to the first six books in Stephen Donaldson's epic fantasy series "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant," with a view to developing a film franchise.
"Band of Brothers" scribe John Orloff will adapt the script for the first film.
The books revolve around a shunned author (Covenant) who is magically transported to the Land, a mystical world where he discovers he is the incarnation of a great hero. Covenant thinks it's all a dream. But he's the bearer of a magical talisman, and is enlisted to help save the Land from Saturn and his representatives."
I'm back in Hawai'i bay-bee! Life is good, very good now that I'm a quarter of the way through Runes of the Earth. Expect more to come on the web site.
9 Jul 04
Sometime last night, the 30,000th visitor to the Land made her or his journey. 18 Jun
Well that was a brief interlude! There is now an official Stephen R. Donaldson link on the Links page, a preview of the first book of the Third and final Chronicles (yes the rumors were true after all), and I've added scans from a rare set of First Chronicles books I was lucky enough to discover, plus some artwork never before seen on the WWW from actual talented artists. Who knows what's next?
8 Feb 04
Completed the last chapter headings for White Gold Wielder. It's been emotional. I have finished with this web site, until the Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
Merry Christmas! Started on chapter headings for the last novel.
Finished chapter excerpts to The One Tree ... only one book left to go, until the Third Chronicles are published.
Added pictures for my actors and actresses selections in the casting couch
Back from my captivity among the Elohim during which time I finished White Gold Wielder and was floored yet again by the sheer brilliance of Donaldson's vision and execution of the resolution of the struggle between Thomas Covenant and Lord Foul. Tonight I'll add more excerpts from The One Tree.
Finished The Wounded Land. I claim the ending of the chapter "Coercri" is the most powerful, sublime and transcendant passage in all of literature.
Okay, I've been a punk lately ... I've had the free time but just lacked the motivation to update the site and answer e-mails. Man, living in the Deep South really sucks the intellectual motivation out of me. Anyway, I added a few chapter headings for The Wounded Land.
Added scans from some of the real vintage versions of the First Chronicles to the covers and thumbnails pages.
Completed excerpts for The Power That Preserves. Bracing myself mentally for the plunge into acid that is The Wounded Land ...
24 Jan 2003
Added excerpts to chapter headings for The Illearth War.
Finished excerpts for Lord Foul's Bane. As usual tears streamed down my cheeks before I finished the novel. What power Donaldson wields.
Added excerpts for Lord Foul's Bane chapters 15-20. Finally found a few spare hours to catch up on my reading. Saw the "Two Towers" -- a cautionary tale for anyone contemplating rendering the Chronicles onto the silver screen.
Updated the Soundtrack with reader suggestions. Also added links to many of the
items described in the Hiking Supplies section ... makes me wish I were scaling the awe-inspiring heights of the Ko'olau Mountains right now!
Added excerpts for Lord Foul's Bane chapters 8-14.
Just got back from vacation to find over 10,000 hits -- that's ten thousand individuals accessing the site the way I configured the counter. I guess that means there's at least 10,000 of us out there who read Donaldson and surf the Web ... is that enough to build a Warward? Before I took off I managed to add some excerpts to the Lord Foul's Bane chapter sections, and will keep adding to them as I find the time.
Going over 8,000 hits this weekend even without a recent update made me realize that there are some dedicated Donaldson fans out there. So to honor them I plan to hyperlink each chapter heading at the bottom of each book section with my favorite passage from that chapter. It's going to be a slow but hopefully steady undertaking ... just like managing this site. I'm counting down the weeks until I can buy that scanner and kickstart the incorporation of visual imagery on the site.
Guestbook now hooked up and working. And sometime over the weekend, the site tallied over 7,000 hits. Inconceivable!
Added chapter headings at the bottom of the page for each book review (except
Gilden Fire which has no chapter headings, at least in my copy).
18 Mar 02
the land is back on-line. www.envy.nu provider bit the dust and the company
that took over plastered ads all over the screen. Big thanks to "Offcenter" who
hooked me up with this new space.
Okay, seeing a really nice looking cover of my website made me realize how
very, very basic the original was looking. Nothing wrong with that, but I got off
my lazy butt and prettied things up a bit. Hope you enjoy it.
Someone who actually knows what he's doing spent some time
makeover of this site could appear. For personal
reasons I'll stick with the current setup, but there's no comparison ... his
site visually kicks ass.
5,000 hits today. Man, I wasn't expecting that for another couple of years.
Read Gilden Fire tonight and updated the
Gilden Fire page.
Added a few Soundtrack and Casting Couch suggestions ... thanks braddahs!
I'll be adding soundtrack music files (probably just samples to save
bandwidth) if I can do it without violating anyone's copyright.
I just got to my new Stateside location and lo and
behold if there aren't over 4,000 hits! I'm purchasing
a new computer as soon as possible and hope to be
actively updating the site in a couple weeks. AND ...
I came across a boxed edition of the 1st Chronicles
in a used book store with metallic calligraphy lettering
across the front. Can't wait to scan them in and post
More tinkering with the site to clear up the
odd typo. Removed several entries in the
S.R.D. Links section due to inevitable "link
rot". Don't expect any big updates for
several months as I will be moving about
4,000 miles from Hawaii next month. Selah.
Holy smokes! Over 3,000 hits today. I've
been doing a lot of updating on the site but
it's minor stuff ... correcting the odd typo
here and there. Thanks for all the kind
words in the guestbook; I appreciate it even
if I'm too lazy to e-mail everyone a proper
Guess what?? I just walked into a 2nd hand
bookstore and Karen W. Fonstad's "Atlas of
the Land" was staring me right in the face.
Soon as I get a scanner hooked up, expect to
see some maps going up!
Created a cover art page and thumbnails page
of all the scans I could find.
more if you have them and I'll get them on
Added a brief attempt at a
And a short, depressing experience it was.
The map of the Land should
be accessible since the file is now hosted
on another server.
Also I added the Second Chronicles' worth of songs to the soundtrack page. Enjoy!
Site maintenance; deleted feedback form (was
giving everyone 'forbidden access' errors,
including me when I tried to fix it), and
moved the 'updated on' date over to the
'what's new' link. Thanks again for all the
feedback and constructive criticism. There's
a lot of great Donaldson fans here on the
In response to complaints about the pastels,
I changed the menu appearance slightly and
added table outlines. Also, a few folks
mentioned they couldn't access the map of
the Land, so I renamed it. Click
view it. I'll be in Australia for about a
month, so no updates til I get back. Sorree
For you hiking enthusiasts, I made a
list of stuff I
would bring to the Land if the occasion ever
Hey! Someone else decided to join the White Gold Webring ...
that makes three so far. Any RPG'ers out there might want
to check it out.
Finished the First Chronicles worth of
Thanks for all the great musical suggestions!
Holy smokes ... over 1,000 hits today! And
I've been neglecting to update since my
divorce. Thanks for all the kind words you
folks have left in the guestbook -- it's
really inspirational and I will get back to
revising and adding material to this site.
Played around with a cast of
characters for a hypothetical movie or movies about the Chronicles.
This was a lot of fun.
12 Jan 2001
Started thinking of songs
to accompany a reading of the Chronicles. Work in progress. Please
feel free to join in by e-mailing me your favorites.
Holy schnikees! My computer bit
the dust ... I'm stuck with the 120MHz, modem-connected backup
til at least January. Please forgive me if I can't add
big-time updates for awhile. So solly ...
passed The Lord of the Rings in the BookIdeas
favorite books rankings! And it wasn't my vote that did it ...
Just read at
Locus Online that Mr Donaldson's new book of
short stories "Reave the Just and Other Tales" tied for the
Best Collection Award at the 2000 World Fantasy Awards.
Finished up the first draft of the
timeline, but I still
need help to weed out the mistakes.
I need your help! Added a primitive
timeline to the
left menu. It's barely begun and I'm already in over my
head trying to figure out what came first and what follows
after. Please e-mail me if you're good at history and have
the time to dig through the Chronicles.
Finished the narrative for White Gold Wielder.
Tossed my hat in the ring by starting a new topic in the Kevin's
Watch Discussion Forum.
Added a combat scenario to the
Arena section of www.theonering.net I guess we'll see
if anyone bites.
Wrote the narrative for The One Tree. This one needs some
Added a link to the Kevin's Watch
Discussion Forum. It'll be interesting to
see if discussions get as heated and nitpicky as in the Tolkien
Voted for Donaldson at the
BookIdeas Favorite Authors site. He's got 50
votes now compared to 71 for Tolkien and 140 for Atlas Shrugged.
Why not vote for Mr Donaldson yourself?
Added a paragraph on Edgar Rice Burroughs to the Other Authors
page. What a guy!
1999 interview from a publication called
Phantastes to the Links page
Expanded the rant I started in The Power That
Preserves about Tolkien not owning various elements of the
Chose the opening passage from
White Gold Wielder. Believe me, it wasn't an easy decision
because of the plethora, the myriad, the veritable cornucopia
of other great choices.
Here is the runner-up.
list of names for
Lord Foul the Despiser.
Added a legal disclaimer. This would
probably get a hearty laugh from any competent copyright lawyer
but hey, I mean well.
Fleshed out The Wounded Land section.
If it sucks, please remember it was late on Halloween night
when I got around to it.
Hey, there's a second web site on
the White Gold WebRing! And his page has much better cover
scans than mine.
by Jay Resop ... check it out.
Registered the site with Google,
AltaVista, Lycos, Yahoo and about a dozen other search
Added a gif image showing an idealized formation of
the Warward to the war strategy section.
Updated and finished the glossary
section; it now includes all entries for First and Second
Chronicles. Think I'm developing carpal tunnel syndrome ...
Rewrote the Overview ... still
doesn't do the Chronicles justice
Transported the web site from my
home computer to www.envy.nu/theland
White Gold WebRing
4 - 15 Sep
Fleshed out most of the site's
3 Sep 2000
Created the first page of this
tribute web site