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Tolkien's Birthday!

Today is 114th birthday of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973), philologist extraordinaire, Oxford University professor of Anglo-Saxon language, Beowulf scholar, mythologist, poet, and fantasy author. I have been in the midst of a sort of Tolkien renaissance the last few years, and tonight I will light a candle for the architect of Middle-Earth. And please remember — Robert Jordan is not his fault...

Ne minuial tôl lû
Ir tirich er-'îl gelair awarthannen
Ir in-elenath gwennin.
I 'îl thinna, i amar ú-dhartha.

(At starfade a time comes
When you see one brilliant star left behind
When the starry host has departed.
The star fades, the world does not wait.)

"Naergon an Thinnuel (a Tinw)"
"Lament for Evenstar (and the little star)"



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Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
And please remember — Robert Jordan is not his fault...


*wipes eyes*

Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
I think I'm obligated to light a candle, considering he just helped pay for my house.

Jan. 4th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
My boy J Double-R! The man who both created, and ruined, epic fantasy for all!

I'll admit...I've only ever read the complete Lord of the Rings once and found it remarkably tedious for the most part--but Herr Tolkien's contributions to Olde English scholarship (particularly his annotated edition of Sir Gawain and The Grene Knyght) are so monumental the man practically redefined the discipline. Whenever I find myself overly-soured or, more often, infuriated to the point of violence by today's pointless "deconstructionist" and political modes of literary criticism, I just pick up some of Tolkien's work and swab my brain clean with some of the best literary criticism I've ever read.
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)

And yet, his evenstar still burns so very brightly.

I don't think I mentioned it, but when I was in the Pays Basque (Basque Country), the original Basque language very much resembles the Lothlorien script. Even the houses look like little hobbit houses. Isn't it strange how that small, mysterious corner of France should so much reflect Tolkien's world? I'll try to remember to post pictures.
Jan. 4th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
I'll try to remember to post pictures.

I'd love to see them.
Jan. 4th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
My ex-girlfriend used to read Jordan's books. She eventually grew to hate them but still had to read them because she wanted to see how they ended. I, on the other hand, could never make it past book one in that awful series, and usually just wanted to beat myself to death with those heavy-ass paperweights made of paper.
Jan. 4th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
How beautiful.
And he has some fatherly duties for The Golden Compass, D&D, and these comics, too (that came out of a place called Fort Thunder):
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