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Whether you are attending a party or just raising a glass on your own, you can announce it here.

3rd January.
I am not having a party for Tolkien, I live in a little town away from everyone. But for the past four years I have had my own little celebration for Tolkien. Every year on his birthday I watch all three extended editons back to back, including the cartoon version of The Hobbit. All together it is about thirteen hours. Ofcourse in a couple of years I will need to make it a two day affair- The Hobbit movies. I also intend to watch Born of Hope when it comes out that day aswell.
So, is there a certain time when we can all do it together, or do we just do it whenever? I think we should all video ourselves making the toast, then upload them to YouTube. Then, someone should take all the vids, and put them all together, so we can see the all at once, like we're all having the toast together. That would be cool. But I'm going to video mine, anyways. Too bad I can't have a real toast yet <img src='/images/smileys/sad.gif' border='0' alt='Sad Smilie' /> I guess I'll have to have sparkling cider or something.
I will be there in spirit as I do not have the capability to video and upload. Cheers to Tolkien.

[b:x10pp783]Gandalfs Beard[/b:x10pp783]
Happy Birthday and 3 cheers for JRRTolkien!!! Hip Hip Hurrah, Toast to the Master and may his works live forever.

[b:3bohk9vw]Gandalfs Beard[/b:3bohk9vw]
Ok, so I didn't have any sparkling cider, but I did have some leftover mulled cider from New Years. Also, don't worry about watching the whole thing. I would perfectly understand if you skipped to the end. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPayN9LhFLI

To The Professor!!!
Uh!! That was AWESOME!! Thank you! So nice to see the real you, Beren. And I was picturing a great hero with thigh-high leather boots and clothing tied up with leather criss-cross laces and sleeves that are all loose, lots of weapons strapped on with leather weapon-strappers, and a general Aragorn-on-steroids vibe...only in high school...still learning the skills, pre-Luthien viewage. Well, it is only a matter of time. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> We have a digital camcorder... This is motivation to learn how to use it. I don't know how you started reading and then kept the sound and then put up images and then went back to you reading...(roosters and all!! :lol: [i:htfsj1a9]"and then, far away, a cock crowed; and then horns! horns! horns!" [/i:htfsj1a9]). Seems to be a mysterious technique--like you edited it in later--but I bet if I tried that I would throw my laptop out of the window. If I got techno savvy I could show you Otto! Gotta up my techno frustration tolerance first. Otto is worth it, though. 8-)

I am doing a low tech toast to The Professor by reading [i:htfsj1a9]The Hobbit [/i:htfsj1a9]veeery slowly and paying attention to the awesomeness of it...especially reading it after reading most of [i:htfsj1a9]The Silmarillion [/i:htfsj1a9]and having a better idea of the larger world and the history and the terms on which the larger world is made. [i:htfsj1a9]The Hobbit [/i:htfsj1a9]is such a fairy-story! In the sense of taking you out of this world and into another, and in getting you to feel like you yourself are on an exciting trip, and your experience of reading is just about on par with going to a real place that's new, the feeling of being curious, being more fully awake to sensations, observing keenly the new cultures and landscapes.

Oh crumbs. Must go for now, but would LIKE to type out especially delightful and tickle-making passages from just the first two chapters.
[quote="Otto's World":1ayudlfw]I don't know how you started reading and then kept the sound and then put up images and then went back to you reading...(roosters and all!! :lol: "and then, far away, a cock crowed; and then horns! horns! horns!" ).[/quote:1ayudlfw]

haha, that was actually an experiment. I'd never done it before. It was a bit confusing getting all the fade-in/fade-out/zoom in effects, and still having it be on time when it went back to me reading.
Those roosters were actually my neighbor's...I didn't realize how loud they were until I watched it on my comp. :oops:

[quote="Otto's World":1ayudlfw]And I was picturing a great hero with thigh-high leather boots and clothing tied up with leather criss-cross laces and sleeves that are all loose, lots of weapons strapped on with leather weapon-strappers, and a general Aragorn-on-steroids vibe...only in high school.[/quote:1ayudlfw]

I was thinking about putting my "medieval" costume on, but I didn't have time. I would have, though. In fact, I wore it when I went to see Prince Caspian in the theater (ahh, the wonderful stares I got <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> ). But no thigh-high leather boots, sorry. All it is is a fake-leather jerkin over a silky, loose shirt, a leather belt (with the extra hanging down like Aragorn <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> ), and black pants. But I intend to get a really good costume for the release of The Hobbit. I'm going all out. And maybe I'll wear it for Voyage of the Dawn Treader too, if it ever gets made.
That was Bloody Brilliant Beren. You will probably hate me for saying this (but I mean it as a compliment), you remind me a lot of Harry Potter/Daniel Radcliffe. I have been celebrating by cross-referencing from Book of Lost Tales Pt1, with Paul Fords companion to Narnia, and with the Deathly Hallows. There is so much cross-fertilization, and yet these 3 Masters have given us 3 Unique ways of reading Fantasy. Tolkien was the inspiration for Lewis and Rowling.

VotDT is certain to get made. We are currently awaiting Walden to conclude negotiations with a new distributor. From all reports, Fox is the likely candidate. I can't wait to see you in full regalia Beren. Another toast to Professor Tolkien. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' /> <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

[b:1coddmhz]Gandalfs Beard[/b:1coddmhz]
Once again, Beren, you are doing things I can't get my own kids to do. I made a beautiful "Arwen" dress for my oldest daughter several years ago. Earthy velvety green looking. I think it fits my younger daughter now. Uh! They do not appreciate what's here!! And now I think they probably steer clear of Tolkien and Harry Potter and C. S. Lewis because they know I like them all so much. Here I thought I'd be this great mom, exposing them to this great stuff and then they'd grow up and be literary geniuses, having grown up in all this rich soil, but noooooo! They have to be their OWN PEOPLE. :roll:

Yeah, the roosters are fabulous. We went to Hawaii last Christmas, and learned that there are lots of "feral" chickens on those islands, and they have real noise problems with roosters. Whooda thunk that would be a characteristic of Hawaii.
Alas, I was out of town...so I could have no party nor go to one. But a belated Happy Birthday to the Master of Fantasy: J.R.R. Tolkien. May your memory and your works never be forgotten, but instead, be forever cherished by all.

~No in elenath hîlar nan hâd gîn. (Anyone, feel free to correct if I use incorrect Elvish.)
This is a beautiful little tribute to the Inklings which I found on another site--Hope it's not improper to post it here.

The Professor! (salut!)

For the Inklings
P.R. Miller
My heart imagines where they met,
those men who tramped through cold and wet,
arriving at that pub which bore
a sign above its simple door.
“The Eagle and the Child” it read,
“The Bird and Baby” was, instead,
what it was called, by guest and host;
but more than this,
what matters most
is that a marvel happened here,
within this world of pies and beer.
Oooo... I love that tribute Otto's World. It's a very apt toast to Tolkien.

[b:1kbpyemy]Gandalfs Beard[/b:1kbpyemy]
Did Tolkien always have toast on his birthdays?
Only at unexpected parties. <img src='/images/smileys/bigsmile.gif' border='0' alt='Big Smile Smilie' />

[b:1b7swu1b]GB[/b:1b7swu1b]
Oh now you're just being silly for the sake of it! :x
I know :mrgreen: . It's so much fun. Now i know how it feels to be you. <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' />

[b:2r9czjev]GB[/b:2r9czjev]
I think this might have been Odo's most ridiculous and least justifiable thread bump yet, though I'm only about halfway through the forums. :lol:
Whatever you do, Eldo, don't sell me short - not yet! :lol:
Well I got through all of your posts so far and I still have to go with this thread. Maybe I'll wake up tomorrow to find an even more bizarre one though. I should really sleep now, though. :roll:
Yes - I think the Eiabug is out, so get some sleep, you'll need to be strong. In fact, it's my fear that it is already infecting you. (Psst I think GB has been infected for ages! :? )
Yes I am, thanks to you. :x *Atchooo...cough...sniffle*

[b:3a5kjk1n]GB[/b:3a5kjk1n]
Err.. I think that's the flu...
And I'm coming out in spots too. :shock:

[b:255tecw5]GB[/b:255tecw5]
My throat's scratchy! *coughcoughcough* Damn you, Eiabug, whatever you are! :x
Oh well... it's just you and me left Mr Tyrant! The rest have gone to mush...
HAPPY 119th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers to that <img src='/images/smileys/wink.gif' border='0' alt='Wink Smilie' /> Salute!
Happy Birthy, Professor. I hope all is going well over there in Valinor.:-Jane <img src='/images/smileys/smile.gif' border='0' alt='Smile Smilie' />
Three Beers...Er...I mean Three Cheers to the God Beyond the God Eru Illuvatar. Without Tolkien's Creation of Middle Earth, our own world be a poorer place. [b:3bjmk35g]GB[/b:3bjmk35g]
Happy Birthday Master Tolkien.
I was going to wish Tolkien a happy birthday, but I fear it will not be a happy one (apart from him being dead). I have a theory that TH movie will be released in 2012, it'll miss the summer blockbuster season and be out in time for xmas. Right on time for the Mayan prediction for the end of the world. And the cause? Tolkien spinning in his grave (which began with the release of LotR) will increase with TH to such dramtic effect that the planet will be thrown from its orbit into the burning heart of the sun killing everything in an instant. It will all be PJ's fault and frankly we will deserve it for letting him get away with it.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: That's probably the funniest thing I've ever heard!!!! But so very true...