Tolkien Reading Day 2017

Tolkien Reading Day 2017

On March 23 we gathered to enjoy a magical evening in the Hobbit Hole, celebrating the Tolkien Reading Circle’s first observance of International Tolkien Reading Day.  We shared the warmth of friendship as we read some of our favorite poems and readings in honor of JRR Tolkien.  A relaxing aura of companionship settled around us as we laughed and sang and offered our deep thoughts and appreciation.  Thanks, friends, for bringing your warm energy to this special Middle-earth celebration!

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In the Rivendell Hall of Fire Charles peered over Frodo’s shoulder, and “the enchantment became more and more dreamlike…”

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And Dan’s voice passed from a dream of music to “Eärendil was a mariner…”

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Roger read a musical version of “Errantry” that was on its way to becoming Bilbo’s Eärendil poem.

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Linda joined the hobbits on their way to the house of Bombadil, and everyone sang Goldberry’s greeting.

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Andrea shared a Game of Thrones song, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” and she took us to a dell in the wild to recite Aragorn’s song of Tinúviel.

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Elanor shares her book with Charlie.

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Elisha read her story about Elanor Gardner, and she shared with us little Elanor’s favorite book, All the World.

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Katy gave us “The Duel” by Eugene Field… a spat between a gingham dog and a calico cat.

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Dyhrddrdh visited the moonless Merlock Mountains, and there we found “The Mewlips.”

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Charles held us spellbound with his reading of Neil Gaiman’s “The Treasures of the Gods” from Norse Mythology – an introduction to a new book that we have heard so much about.

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Elanor’s adventure!

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A Hundredweight Harvest Holiday

A Hundredweight Harvest Holiday

On September 22 a cheery Harvest Moon lit the Autumnal Equinox over our Hobbit Hole.  That evening the Tolkien Reading Circle gathered to celebrate the Middle-earth birthdays of Bilbo Baggins Esquire and Deputy Mayor Frodo Baggins. Roger started off the evening by revealing a hidden connection between the terms Hobbit, Were-worms, Hundredweight, and Halfling.  In his book, Tolkien in Pawneeland, he describes how these terms are all rooted in the agricultural traditions of 19th century Britain. Crafting the culture of the Shire, Tolkien wished to evoke the rural England of his childhood, a vanishing realm of fields, meadows, and forests.  As the photos below show, we enjoyed our visit to the mythic shores of Middle-earth!

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Charlie shared Gandalf’s wise advice to Frodo, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
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Andrea quoted Bilbo, “I came from the end of a bag…” and “I don’t know half of you…” and “Never laugh at live dragons…”
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Artwork by Andrea Mathwich
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Linda invited us to fly with Bilbo out of a burning tree to a mountaintop eyrie.
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Katy took us under the Lonely Mountain for a chat with Smaug.
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Dyhrddrdh shared Sam’s song in “The Tower of Cirith Ungol”
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Linda sings her version of Goldberry’s song, with everyone chiming in, “Old Tom Bombadil and the River-daughter.”
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Roger took us to “The Grey Havens” and we all “beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.”