Mt. Doom blows up

For the Anniversary of the Fall of Barad-dûr ~ ‘Upon the Ending of an Age’ by jan-u-wine.

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Jan-u-wine has been inspired to write a new piece to commemorate this March 25, a poem written from the point of view of the Great Eagles as they come to rescue Frodo and Sam, lying in the midst of fiery ruin, spent, their deaths imminent. I can’t describe the mood of this piece any more than I can describe the inner life of an eagle, Jan can and does, and it is unforgettable. I am borne up with Meneldor, Gwaihir and Landroval when I read this. The poem has wings, the wings of narrative imagination.
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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy 126th birthday J. R. R. Tolkien, with poem by jan-u-wine.


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Happy 126th Birthday, Professor Tolkien!

I am so grateful this man lived and created such wonders for so many to enjoy and cherish. What Tolkien wrote, even if categorized 'fantasy', always had the ring of truth, from the external settings to the deepest experiences of the characters. Tolkien's lived experience, transformed by creative imagination, resulted in unforgettable art.

Six years ago jan-u-wine, inspired by the photograph of Tolkien below, standing by the sea he loved, wrote a beautiful tribute to the Professor for his birthday. I thought it could do with re-posting.

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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Photobucket no longer hosting photos for Mechtild's...

Hello, LJ'ers!

A new reader of my LJ wrote to me last month to tell me a lot of my pictures were down, especially in older posts. Except for recent entries, the images for all my entries since I started my journal in 2004 have been hosted through Photobucket. Photobucket was then a popular way to post images in one's journal or blog--and it was free.

Seeing the images still were not up, I finally logged into my Photobucket account to see what's what. The upshot is that for Photobucket to continue hosting images here, I need to buy their 3rd party hosting plan. As this service costs a whopping 300.00 a year, I regret to say the bulk of my posts at "Mechtild's" will remain image-less.

I could go back and redo all the image addresses in these old posts, of course, uploading everything to LJ's "Scrapbook". But that would involve uploading and re-doing thousands of images and re-typing their addresses into hundreds of posts. I know I will never do it.

For those of you who liked the images themselves, they still are there at Photobucket, but they can't be seen in the entries for which I uploaded them.

My apologies!

Birthday Bagginses

Happy Birthday Bagginses 2016, with jan-u-wine’s ‘Nothing Is There Better’, art by J. R. R. Tolkien


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Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo!

Greetings! Forgive my lack of presence, the combined result of responsibilities to others and creeping decreptitude. :) I am inspired to post, however, because jan-u-wine has written a beautiful new poem in honor of the day, Nothing Is There Better.
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Mt. Doom river of fire

For the Anniversary of the Fall of Barad-dûr: two poems by jan-u-wine, art by John Cockshaw.


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~ Detail from The End of All Things: Rescue by Gandalf and the Eagles, by John Cockshaw.

This March 25 we present something old, something new. Below the image of Frodo standing at the Cracks of Doom is something old: a poem jan-u-wine wrote years ago, but which I had never read. The Turning of the Road: The Sammath Naur distills events from that last day, letting us see into the heart of Frodo's experience as he is overpowered and nearly destroyed by Sauron, his life, sanity and the fate of Middle-earth preserved only by the madness of Gollum and the love of Samwise.

Below the first poem and an excerpt from Return of the King, is an illustration by John Cockshaw showing the coming of Gandalf and the Eagles, chosen to complement the "something new": jan-u-wine's Cast Up, which follows. The new poem lifts up and makes explicit the hope that is only hinted at in the darker Turning, bearing Frodo, Sam and us readers out of downfall and despair.

Happy Anniversary!
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NF-Lee's 3/4 Frodo sketch

The Baggins Birthday, the Day After ~ a new poem by jan-u-wine, with drawings by Alan Lee.


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Happy Late Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo....

I have said this is a new poem, but technically it is not. Jan-u-wine wrote "Birthday" late last fall, too late to post in the 2013 Baggins Birthday entry. I considered posting it during the intervening months, but the poem really is best suited to the day after September 22.

"Birthday" is about Bilbo, but it is just as much about Frodo, from whose point of view it is written. From that vantage point, we can enter into Frodo's thoughts and feelings, marveling as much at the beauty of his soul as that of the beloved hobbit he both mourns and celebrates.

A blessed birthday to you, Bilbo and Frodo, and may we meet beyond the Circles of the World.

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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy Birthday, Bagginses, 2014!


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Happy Birthday, Bagginses!

I didn't want to miss offering my favourite hobbits salutations on September 22, but the real birthday post will appear tomorrow. This is because jan-u-ine's poem, "Birthday", is set the day after the birthday has passed. Frodo, for the first time, has forgotten Bilbo's birthday. Join us tomorrow to read this beautiful piece.

* Detail from an illustration by Alan Lee appearing in J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, 1997.