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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

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

Posted on 2009.01.03 at 15:38
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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.


shirebound at 2009-01-03 22:25 (UTC) (Link)
What an adorable picture of Frodo and his scribe. :)

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.

Oh my. ♥
mechtild at 2009-01-03 22:53 (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't that gorgeous? I loved that too, although I have a special weekness for

s(words) of joy,

and bitter,

silent as the dark beyond
a solitary star,
hobbitlove83 at 2009-01-04 00:53 (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh, beautiful!

Bless you, darling Mechtild and ina86!!

And I can't thank the Professor enough...
without him my life wouldn't be half as wonderful!!!
mechtild at 2009-01-04 04:32 (UTC) (Link)
I can't thank him enough, either. I wish I could have done so while he was alive, not that there weren't loads of people writing him fan mail and showing up on their doorstep after LOTR was a best-seller. I would love to have told him or written him personally.
mithluin at 2009-01-04 00:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for sharing, not just your cute manip, but the others' contributions as well. Tolkien is always better celebrated together :). 117 years since his birth...far too short a time, but alas, the years keep flowing by.
mechtild at 2009-01-04 04:34 (UTC) (Link)
It is indeed "far too short a time". I think his legacy will last as long as works of English literature are still read. Thanks for stopping in, Mithluin.
Hobbity forever
periantari at 2009-01-04 03:28 (UTC) (Link)
Very nice poem!~ Jan-u-wine's poetry is great!
Cheers to the Professor! =)
mechtild at 2009-01-04 04:36 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, let's raise our goblets to the Professor! Speaking of jan-u-wine, great writer of LOTR poetry, she's toasting the Professor tonight (the L.A. Tolkien society gets together for a birthday toast each January). I told her to lift her glass for me, too.
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2009-01-04 04:52 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that's a great manip--poor Frodo! And thank you for the link to Jan's collected works--I was hoping there was such a place--have bookmarked.

To the Professor!

Bingo's got a tribute up too. And I got much, much more friendly reactions today when I was photoing Bingo and Saffron in DC today, including a happy security guard. Lots of proper identification of, "It's Frodo!" No proper identifications of an oliphaunt, however: "Why is he riding a mammoth?" *g*
mechtild at 2009-01-04 04:56 (UTC) (Link)
"Why is he riding a mammoth?"

HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW HAW! But I'm glad you got some smiles. It makes doing the photos so much more fun.

I'll have to look at Bingo's latest tomorrow. I'm all in tonight. Thanks for stopping by for a virtual toast, Lavender!
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pearlette at 2009-01-04 13:23 (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't bear thinking about it, does it?

Not that we'd know what we were missing.

But SOMETHING would be missing from the world, something wonderful, if Tolkien had never written LotR.


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maeglian at 2009-01-04 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
You're a trusty and true admirer of the good professor, for sure! Thanks for reminding the more sloppy among us (including me!) and also for the pic and poem.

How are things going? Have the 2 lil cats arrived at their new home yet?
mechtild at 2009-01-04 15:16 (UTC) (Link)
[Your icon mirrors back to yours in greeting.]

I do love the Professor and his works, yes. I appreciate so much what riches he has brought, little knowing that would be so, but just ought of love for the world, its characters and its language.

Yes, the kittens have arrived. That's why this post says so little. We've had guests and stuff, too, but mainly I've been involved in cat care. On Christmas Day I drove to WI to get them. The breeder let me go ahead and have them, finally, even though they still have colds, but with the balance of payment due in the weeks to come, assuming they recover completely. I thought they might do better with three humans giving them the care they need exclusively, in a cleaner setting (a whole house instead of a 3 x 5 enclosure). The breeder could use the respite, too. Our two kittens were the last to get sick and the last to recover. I'm glad she suggested this, but it's time-consuming, making their food (homemade diet), dosing them twice a day, supervising them with Angelo while they learn the house, etc. It's been fun, of course. When things settle down I'll make some posts with pictures. Thanks for asking, Maeglian!
not_alone at 2009-01-04 18:48 (UTC) (Link)
A wonderful birthday tribute for the dear Professor, Mechtild! He has given us so much joy, hasn't he?
mechtild at 2009-01-04 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
So much joy, yes, exactly. :)
aredhelebenesse at 2009-01-05 06:42 (UTC) (Link)
Mechtild, I always love to read your posts and this one is again such a marvellous collection of art and poetry. Thank you to all involved and thank you to you for putting the parts together and posting them!
mechtild at 2009-01-05 13:59 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Aredhelebenesse. I'm so glad you enjoy the LJ with it's Tolkien and Frodo stuff to the fore.

Did I tell you I showed the animated firewords-over-the-Ephel-Duath (or are they still in the Emyn Muil? I am not quite sure where that image is set -- was it actually in the film? -- this coming from someone who's seen them so often -- shees!) to my husband and daughter. They loved it and marvelled at the craftsmanship and imagination that made it.
melyanna_65 at 2009-01-05 18:52 (UTC) (Link)
Such a lovely tribute, my dear!!

And of course it was almost time to see Frodo and Professor Tolkien himself together in the same picture!

*hugs you*
mechtild at 2009-01-05 20:19 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for stopping by, Melyanna, throbbing knee and all. :) Yes, it *is* good. I plan to do a few more for future events, having picked out the elements for them. They can never, alas, be like the art manips because the images of Tolkien available on line are all so small. *sigh*

I should see if there are any illustrated books on Tolkien at the library. None of my books have an image worth scanning (that is, that would be any better than what I've found of the same images on line).
(Anonymous) at 2009-01-05 22:06 (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely post, Mechtild.

I love your manip, with the Professor's hand resting reassuringly on Frodo's shoulder. Jan's words, as ever, are beautiful. The wallpaper is fabulous too! I especially like the picture situated bottom right, with the text: 'It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.'

Thank you.

I'm so happy to hear that the kittens are home at last. I'm sure they will thrive with your loving care, and it sounds as if 'Uncle' Angelo is already being won over by their charm.

Happy New Year!

~ Blossom.
mechtild at 2009-01-06 02:03 (UTC) (Link)
I love your manip, with the Professor's hand resting reassuringly on Frodo's shoulder.

Thank you for noticing, Blossom. I actually had to borrow that hand from another of his pictures. The one in the original didn't have the fingers extended, which didn't look right to me. Jan's poem is short but gorgeous, and the wallpaper really is lovely. It isn't showy, all in black and white, but the more you look at it the more interesting it is.

Yes, Uncle Angelo presided over their bedtime last night. They were so cute in their big tent-bed! Speaking of the kitties, it's time for their evening meds (anitbiotics orally, plus nose drops, eye drops and eye ointment). I feel quite the veterinarian. But they are getting better. They've been playful all along, and great eaters. It's their cold symptoms that have been dragging on and on. But we are determined to wait it out!

~ Mechtild
frodosweetstuff at 2009-01-12 10:22 (UTC) (Link)
Awww, the manip is lovely!!! Thank you!!! *toasts the Professor*
mechtild at 2009-01-12 13:15 (UTC) (Link)
*clinks mugs with you*
Estë   (or ST for short)
este_tangletoes at 2009-01-31 19:14 (UTC) (Link)
That is a clever manip, Mechling.

Jan's poem is superb.

And in the end,
he became more
than a simple smith of words,


mechtild at 2009-01-31 19:27 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Estë! I'm pleased you enjoyed the post, especially the poem. The poem was the main thing. I made the manip to draw my regulars who need to have an illustration before they'll open a post. Not that it wasn't fun making it, of course!
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