Mechtild (mechtild) wrote,

Happy 117th Birthday, J.R.R.T.



John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

January 3, 1892 ~ September 2, 1973

y golly, it's been such a busy week I almost didn't get this posted on time, but here it is: a little Tolkien and Frodo manip, a wonderful poem written for the Professor's birthday by jan-u-wine, plus a Tolkien wallpaper by ina86.



I couldn't resist putting these two together at last. Pardon me if it is a little tongue in cheek. But I have always imagined scenes like this when I read Tolkien's remarks about how his characters seemed to take on lives of their own, leading him into the narrative, instead of the other way around.

Frodo tells Tolkien all about it....



Wallpaper ~ by ina86:

I found this simply looking up "Tolkien" on Google Images. It was featured in an LJ, so I was able to ask the artist's permission to use it for this entry. She has graciously consented. I love the bits of Tolkien-talk she has chosen to go with the images.



Poem ~ by jan-u-wine.

I love the way jan-u-wine reflects on Tolkien in this poem, especially as a writer who loves crafting with words. From one word-lover to another, here is Jan's eloquent tribute to the Professor from 2008.


~ by jan-u-wine

he gave them to us:

without match
or price.....

jewels netted about
by magik,

s(words) of joy,

and bitter,

silent as the dark beyond
a solitary star,

sound-full as the music
of First Day.

Not even he knew
from whence

they all came,

these words,
strange -


falling like rain
upon the pages,

crafting him
within their liquid turnings.

And in the end,
he became more

than a simple smith of words,

more than one who might shape
with tappet or hammer,

tongs or fire or pincer'd chisel.

And those of us
with eyes

that may see

recognize the forging,
feel the clarity of its fire,

in the letter'd gift of his love.


*far from the meaning we now assign to it (of a relatively worthless object, which no one wants), the definition of "mathom" is "treasure".

~ with thanks to Cat Stevens' "Boy With A Moon And Star Upon His Head":

"And people would ride from far and wide just to seek the
Word he spread
I'll tell you everything I've learned, and love is all...he said."

My note:
Waurd - Gothic for word (note: Gothic is a declined language; this may not be correct. The plural genitive – ‘of words’ – is waurde.)
smiðr – Old English for smith.

A complete collection of jan-u-wine's LOTR poems may be found here.

Tags: frodo art travesties, frodo manips, ina86, jan-u-wine, tolkien, tolkien's birthday, wallpaper

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