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Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Birthday (slightly belated) J.R.R. Tolkien

In honor of the accomplished writer's birth and life, I can think of no more appropriate tribute than to quote him. Happy birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien [b. 3 January 1892, d. 2 September 1973] and thanks for all the wonder, tall tales, and wisdom you gave us. We your readers salute you. Happy 121st birthday. Being a days late, consider this his second birthday this year, a very hobbit notion.

For living a "full" life and finding happiness: "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. J.R.R. Tolkien

For family, friends, and birthday parties: "I don't know half of you as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you as well as you deserve." The Fellowship of the Ring

For encouragement: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." The Fellowship of the Ring

For faith: "Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens." The Fellowship of the Ring

For God, for books: We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil." J.R.R. Tolkien

For dark times: "I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo.
"So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." The Fellowship of the Ring

For compassion in those dark times: "Deserve it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends." The Fellowship of the Ring

For perspective on war: "War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend." The Two Towers

For hope and optimism: "There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." The Two Towers

For love: "The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater." The Lord of the Rings

For dreams: "A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities." J.R.R. Tolkien

For adventure:
"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."
The Fellowship of the Ring

And finally, for fantasy and its merits: "Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape? ... If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!" J.R.R. Tolkien

[Thanks to goodreads for the J.R.R. Tolkien quotes,]

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