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35 years ago today, a light went out in Arda...
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Finding Frodo
Tol Eressea


Sep 3 2008, 2:23am

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*raises glass* The Professor [In reply to] Can't Post

And I raise a glass to you too, diedye. This was wonderful!

Where's Frodo?


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 3 2008, 2:53am

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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915


silneldor
Half-elven


Sep 3 2008, 2:55am

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Frodo is:) [In reply to] Can't Post

on page 327 of Tolkien's Letters(#246).

"Frodo undertook his quest out of love - to save the world he knew from disaster at his own expense, if he could; and in complete humility, acknowledging that he was wholly inadequate to the task. His real contract was only to do what he could, to try to find a way, and to go as far on the road as his strength of mind and body allowed. He did that...''

"Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis- The Gift of Friendship -Duriez

After Sunset
I have an understanding with the hills
At evening, when slanted radiance fills
Their hollows, and the great winds let them be,
And they are quiet and look down at me.
Oh, then I see the patience in their eyes
Out of the centuries that made them wise.
They lend me hoarded memory, and I learn
Their thoughts of granite and their whims of fern,
And why a dream of forests must endure
Though every tree be slain; and how the pure,
Invisible beauty has a word so brief
A flower can say it, or a shaken leaf,
But few may ever snare it in a song,
Though for the quest a life is not too long.
When the blue hills grow tender, when they pull
The twilight close with gesture beautiful,
And shadows are their garments, and the air
Deepens, and the wild veery is at prayer,
Their arms are strong around me; and I know
That somehow I shall follow where you go
To the still land beyond the evening star,
Where everlasting hills and valleys are,
And silence may not hurt us any more,
And terror shall be past, and grief and war.

Grace Hazard Conkling (conclusion of a song recital from the book Lake Minnewaska by W Doughty where he says ''this is not the end of songs which we are certain will continue to rise from gifted minds and hearts in this enchanted realm where sometimes 'great mists lie' but always where 'great dreams rise' ''.) ...Reminds me particularly of the elves and the ents


May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo
By El~Cugu

From the website: 'The Realm of Manwe'








Mar
Gondor


Sep 3 2008, 4:23am

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Such a gift he gave.... We honor him with our huge appreciation. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Evil is boring.
The universe is friendly. Life is on your side.


Goldberry of the river
Lorien


Sep 3 2008, 7:40am

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A very touching flashback diedye. It was a wonderful thing that he kept his dignity and his incredible mind till his passing. So many are not so fortunate. I thought it was very sweet and cheeky somewhat that he ate all the chocolates and left the liquer that his daughter gave him! I like the picture of him with one of his favourite trees. I sure his grandson has it hanging in a prominant place somewhere; I would if I had been lucky enough to be related to him.
Rest in Peace Professor Tolkien.

Brian Blessed for Thorin!


(This post was edited by Rosie on Sep 3 2008, 7:41am)


Lily Fairbairn
Half-elven


Sep 3 2008, 2:15pm

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I will not say, do not weep [In reply to] Can't Post

for not all tears are an evil.

*sniffle*

I, too, remember the notice in the newspaper when our beloved Professor took the last ship into the west. I actually had an LotR calendar on my kitchen wall at the time. It was like a light had gone out in the world.

My older son was born almost exactly a year later -- his birthday is September 13. The Professor's words have now gone down to him, and his brother, and now to their children, a legacy of what we can be capable of, if we just turn to our better natures.

Ave atque vale, Professor. You have my most profound gratitude.

And thank you, too, diedye.

* * * * * * *
Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?

A man may do both. For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!


Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Sep 3 2008, 3:38pm

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If you ever find yourself in England gramma [In reply to] Can't Post

I will gladly take you there! Smile


*Jazminatar the Brown*


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Sep 3 2008, 4:06pm

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Deal!! :D // [In reply to] Can't Post

 





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"Barney Snow was here." ~Hug like a hobbit!~ "In my heaven..."

I really need these new films to take me back to and not re-introduce me to that magical world.



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Patty
Immortal


Sep 3 2008, 4:09pm

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Beautiful. Just--beautiful. [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks, diedye. This really touched me.

Permanent address: Into the West


Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens


Sep 3 2008, 4:23pm

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Thanks for the post - beautifully done. [In reply to] Can't Post

 


luvgabe
The Shire


Sep 3 2008, 7:20pm

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Thank you, Diedye [In reply to] Can't Post

For the list of Tolkien's last days on our Middle-earth. Like other posters here, I too found myself weeping. Through my tears, however, I was amazed by Tolkien's words to Lord Halbury: "For over and above all the afflictions and obstacles I have endured since The Lord of the Rings came out, I have lost confidence."

Wow, if even Tolkien sometimes lost confidence after LOTR, there is yet hope for the rest of us who write.

Tolkien & I are both Roman Catholic. So, when I pray to the saints, I include "Saint Tolkien," even though he has not been canonized as one by Rome. I believe one of his miracles is the assistance he gave Peter Jackson, et al. in the magnificent movie trilogy.

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." --Gandalf the Grey


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Sep 3 2008, 7:30pm

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Almost. [In reply to] Can't Post

If you click on View Threaded, you'll see you've replied to grammaboodawg, not diedye.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded b*****d with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 3 2008, 8:21pm

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Isn't that pipe-smoking photo [In reply to] Can't Post

from some interview he did in the 1960's? He did get great enjoyment from it!

If I knew how to Photoshop, I'd take that pic of him in the crook of that tree's roots, and put a fox in the background...Laugh

Nice photos, gramma, thank you!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915


ringbearer9
Lorien


Sep 3 2008, 9:45pm

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very nice thanks for that// [In reply to] Can't Post

 




silneldor
Half-elven


Sep 3 2008, 10:04pm

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You are not alone [In reply to] Can't Post

in this thought. I said as much in my old bio.
I think of him now as an illuminate ( the meshing of noun and verb- actually i think it is an illusion that they are two separate entities) or an illuminati.

"Tolkien, like Lewis, believed that, through story, the real world would become a more magical place, full of meaning. We see its patterns and colors in a fresh way. The recovery of a true view of the world applies both to individual things, like hills and stones, and to the cosmic - the depths of space and time itself. For in sub-creation, in Tolkien's view, there is a "survey" of space and time. Reality is captured on a miniature scale. Through stories like The Lord of the Rings, a renewed view of things is given, illuminating the homely, the spiritial, the physical, and the moral dimensions of the world."

Tolkien and C.S. Lewis- The Gift of Friendship -Duriez

After Sunset
I have an understanding with the hills
At evening, when slanted radiance fills
Their hollows, and the great winds let them be,
And they are quiet and look down at me.
Oh, then I see the patience in their eyes
Out of the centuries that made them wise.
They lend me hoarded memory, and I learn
Their thoughts of granite and their whims of fern,
And why a dream of forests must endure
Though every tree be slain; and how the pure,
Invisible beauty has a word so brief
A flower can say it, or a shaken leaf,
But few may ever snare it in a song,
Though for the quest a life is not too long.
When the blue hills grow tender, when they pull
The twilight close with gesture beautiful,
And shadows are their garments, and the air
Deepens, and the wild veery is at prayer,
Their arms are strong around me; and I know
That somehow I shall follow where you go
To the still land beyond the evening star,
Where everlasting hills and valleys are,
And silence may not hurt us any more,
And terror shall be past, and grief and war.

Grace Hazard Conkling (conclusion of a song recital from the book Lake Minnewaska by W Doughty where he says ''this is not the end of songs which we are certain will continue to rise from gifted minds and hearts in this enchanted realm where sometimes 'great mists lie' but always where 'great dreams rise' ''.) ...Reminds me particularly of the elves and the ents


May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo
By El~Cugu

From the website: 'The Realm of Manwe'








Lúthien Tinúviel
Bree

Sep 3 2008, 11:36pm

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"I speak no words of comfort, for there is no comfort for such grief within the circles of the world"-Aragorn to Arwen when he was dying, as is told in "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen" from LotR RotK appendix A

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