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Christopher's Birthday

Kangi Ska

Nov 21 2017, 12:09pm

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Happy 93rd birthday to Christopher Tolkien, third son and penultimate child of J.R.R. Tolkien, but lately (on the eve of the 44th anniversary of his father's death) retired as head of the Tolkien Estate and the Tolkien Trust. (He remains his father's literary executor.) The original and greatest "Tolkien expert", former RAF pilot (WWII) and Oxford professor who ended his professional career to set his father's unprecedentedly vast corpus of papers to publication: a task of which 'Herculean' falls far short of descriptive. He brought to light over 24 volumes of his father's writings posthumously: far more than any other human being could ever be able to -- including his father. This past summer (2017) he declared the publication of 'Beren and Lúthien' to be (likely) his final foray (on account of his advanced age) into his father's writings. May he nonetheless have a good many more happy birthdays.

Kangi Ska Resident Trickster & Wicked White Crebain
Life is an adventure, not a contest.

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Tol Eressea

Nov 21 2017, 12:53pm

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Thank you for everything you've done for us.

Happiness: money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important and so are friends, while envy is toxic -- and so is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude. - The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner as summarized by Lily Fairbairn. And a bit of the Hobbit reading thrown in never hurts. - NottaSackville


Nov 21 2017, 12:56pm

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I love all the books.


Nov 21 2017, 1:55pm

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"Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Lúthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed."


Nov 21 2017, 3:52pm

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You have honoured your father's legacy. I am sure he'd be proud.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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Nov 21 2017, 4:58pm

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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Nov 21 2017, 9:48pm

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Thank you so much, Mr. Tolkien, for opening the world of Middle-earth for us. *warm hug* Many many happy returns of the day :D


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Nov 22 2017, 5:09am

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Join us every weekend in the Hobbit movie forum for this week's CHOW (Chapter of the Week) discussion!


Nov 22 2017, 10:20pm

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Ethel Duath

Nov 22 2017, 11:06pm

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Nov 24 2017, 8:07pm

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We owe him so much..... [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope the day has been a very special one for him.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood and every spring
there is a different green. . .


Nov 26 2017, 3:38pm

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And many, many thanks.



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