Thread: Tolkien Birthday Toast
To The Professor!!!
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.
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.
[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 ). 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 ), 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.
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.
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.
~No in elenath hîlar nan hâd gîn. (Anyone, feel free to correct if I use incorrect Elvish.)
The Professor! (salut!)
For the Inklings
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.