Thread: Where in ME would you live?
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'The Mad Badger'? 'The Comb and Wattle?' I can't remember them. They sound grand though. I'm a bit of a bard myself. Could you get me a booking?
As to breakfast, when I have a Hobbit fry up (not so often now I'm trying to keep my weight down), I usually go all out. Fried Eggs, Bacon, Bangers, Fried Potatoes, Crumpets (or "English" Muffins) and a tall glass of orange juice. Most days it's just a bowl of cereal and a cup of tea though.
Perhaps he did, but [i:2olxd12m]Tolkien [/i:2olxd12m]was pretty clear that it was tobacco. How it got into Middle-earth (Old Europe) is a bit up in the air, but given its name [i:2olxd12m]westmansweed[/i:2olxd12m] I'm inclined to think it was brought over by the Numenoreans and then died out at some point.
I know I'm going to be boring here, but can I say that weed is not the safe thing people think it is. If you're prone to mental illness, using the crap can trigger it. Yes, I'm no fan of illicit drugs, full stop. Designer drugs can cause permanent brain changes too; opium and its derivatives tend to turn one into a burglar and thief and (sometimes) an assaulter - they're not a cheap fuel source; and alcohol (though legal enough) does the most damage of all to families and societies (think of all the violence it brings when abused!) Back to 'weed', too much use, even if it doesn't trigger mental issues, does dull your brain. People! Please don't dull your brains! Who will I have an intelligent (or deliberately silly) conversation with? Sorry if I don't sound hip on this. The feeling I get when meeting new ideas, or the adrenalin rush I get when I play a song to a receptive audience, or the utter (guilty) joy I get laughing my guts out with friends over the most obscure of GB's jokes, is drug enough for me! Having said this; please continue to laugh and joke about drug use (pipeweed use?) I know that joking about it won't turn us to stone! Sorry for being such a Dad about this. Well, actually I'm not sorry...
NB I'm a song writer and story writer and I've never written anything but garbage under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Yes, I took risks many years ago! I now see I was lucky not to get sucked into a certain hazy vortex of slow brain-death and anti-social behavior. Life's for living, Man, not hiding! If anyone I know needs to escape for a time - to have a break from all their worldly cares - I send them a map of ME. (I never recommend Religion as an answer - but if that's your drug of choice, go for it!)
It's important to have respect for different opinions, and I accept we might not see absolutely eye to eye over 'weed' and (possibly) other substances. I know that prescription drugs can be as much a boon as a source of trouble for people. It's a troublesome area of medicine to get right and to regulate on society's behalf. I'm not a Redneck about drug use - but I know while it's good that we can joke about drugs, we still need to be thoughtful about the very real dangers they pose, of abuse (and in some cases) even of simple occasional 'use.'
Anyway, enough with distractions. Did you see my response on a certain other thread? Witty, or what?
NB Aren't many Rednecks abuses of alcohol (it is a manly pastime after all!)? Is there a certain flavor of irony involved, do you think? My vision of grog-fueled Rednecks includes them hating 'druggies'? But - no more distractions, I said!
Good you've put this thread back on track. I mentioned earlier I thought it'd be nice to live in Crickhollow. On thinking more about it - I'd have to say Bag End is the place for me. Your very name reminds of what a delightful residence it was!
Imladris - the perfect house to do any number of things according to Bilbo, would be very nice, I think. Especially the library of Lore held by Elrond!
The Shire would also be nice. The quiet and peaceable life of a hobbit would hold a lot of appeal for me.
Rohan or Gondor would also be cool, as I [i:9odwx9g9]do[/i:9odwx9g9] like humans. They're also very beautiful (naturally) countries.
Then you should be a King or at least a Steward, not a knight.
there was such a place, no? i remember as a child, about 13, reading LOTR for the first time....
adored tookborough. and the whole of the shire.
but i'd prefer tookborough
so, like alot of folks here, i fell in love with the shire after reading the beginning of Fellowship (if i wasn't already after the Hobbit.) i used to wander the woods of the jersey shore and the lanes of the little suburban town i lived in looking for spots that could pass for the shire.
now, i haven't read LOTR since 2003, and my memory this past decade is not so good. i tend to remember things from 25 years ago better than stuff from last week. my point is that my prevailing impressions of the shire still seem to be the ones i had from my teens.
so those impressions were that, though very pleasant, the hobbiton area was a bit stifled and stayed. buckland had a somewhat gloomy feel to it, probably the proximity of the old forest. but the south-farthing (west-farthing, apparently), the took lands, that is, had a wonderful, open, somewhat wild feel to them. maybe it's because Tolkien didn't write too much about the area that makes it that much more compelling. the less i am told about the place, the more i want to know. maybe. though there was at least one episode at woody end, with elves. that's down in the general vicinity.
the odd thing is that i'm pretty much a confirmed urbanite. i've lived in an urban setting since 1991. but my choicest spot to live in ME is the wildest part of very rural society. well, i did love wandering in the woods and bogs and lagoons in the swamps of jersey when i was a kid.
(Funny word, [i:1p3eescx]conundrum[/i:1p3eescx], for I both [i:1p3eescx]know [/i:1p3eescx]what is means and [i:1p3eescx]don't know [/i:1p3eescx]what it means - or is that a paradox?)
Perhaps one of the Noldor,returning to Middle Earth with high hope & expectation of defeating Morgoth,exploring these new,wide & beautiful lands,meeting men & trading with the Dwarves of Nogrod & Belegost. Living with the high lords of the Noldor & seeing all their might & splendour,the banners,the fortresses,the music & beauty of Middle Earth before the light of the Elves dimmed
Or one of Hurins men of the House Of Hador in Dor-Lomin inthe first age,marching off to war towards what will be known as the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, I know the end but 'day shall come again' & who would want to leave those beautiful north lands?
A Numenorean, returning to the Middle Earth after the Downfall to make War on Sauron,the splendour of the armies of the Last Alliance of Elves & Men, Elendil & Gil Galad.
Or a Dwarf of the House of Durin,hard labour underground then the grim battles of the Misty Mountains leading to Azanulbizar or perhaps a Rohir riding the plains of Rohan,herding & emjoying the free life of Rohan,writing no words but singing songs as in the days of yore.
Or a Ranger of the North,tall,lean & grim,harrying & hunting Orcs & the servants of evil in the ancient realm of Arnor,protecting simple people so that 'simple they shall remain' despite their taunts & lack of understanding......
If only we could disappear from this soul-less world we live in to take up this life......((
(Before Ar-Pharazôn of course)
Wise Odo, I think I am getting a hang of this channeling:
Take me down to the Haradian city,
Where the sand is warm and the girls are gritty;
Oh no thats just their camels toeohhhhhhhhhhh.
(The first draft of Paradise City chorus by Guns'n Roses- the rest of the band thought it a bit too vulgar, so it was removed)