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)"