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Birthday Bagginses

Happy Birthday Bagginses 2017, with jan-u-wine’s ‘A Birth Day for Heroes’, art by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Posted on 2017.09.22 at 09:40

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pearlette
pearlette at 2017-11-29 23:42 (UTC) (Link)

*waves*

Oh my goodness, you're still on LJ! Now and then.

I've been de-cluttering my LJ. I have no intention of purging it, but it really DID need de-cluttering. While I was doing that, I visited some old posts and old favourite fics and memories and ended up here. :)

Ah, sweet memories of the great golden age of Tolkien fandom. :) My first, and greatest, fandom (followed by HP). There won't be another.

I have the Scully/Hammond book, and it's great, but I confess I've never read it in detail. That 'Beyond' pic is so mysterious and yearning somehow. 1913. The year before the Great War. It seems eerily prescient.

As ever, wonderful poem from Jan.

P.S. Love seeing your radiant smile on FB now and then, on all your various walks ...
Mechtild
mechtild at 2017-11-30 06:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves*

Pearl, hello! I am delighted to see your comment. Yes, we have been "active", if posting an entry once a year is considered active, ha ha. I haven't been involved in any fandom since LOTR. Although I enjoyed Harry Potter a lot (still listen to the audio books periodically), and have come to be an enthusiastic fan of Doctor Who through Jan, I have no desire to talk about them on messageboards or in blogs.

You have seen me on Facebook? It must be on my husband Glen's page. I never post anything in mine, but he likes posting stuff. Yes, I have a radiant smile in those pictures all right. Glen is very good about not posting photos I would hate, ha ha.

Do you remember recommending the "Hawk and the Dove" series to me a couple of years ago? I really enjoyed them, even if I thought her language sometimes anachronistic. I am up to "The Beautiful Thread", which I plan to read after Christmas.
pearlette
pearlette at 2017-11-30 07:45 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves*

Ha, yes, it's your hubby's page. I get to see you both through the seasons, in beautiful surroundings!

Oh, I am so chuffed that you enjoy Hawk and Dove! My favourite books in the series are The Long Fall (makes me cry) and The Hardest Thing To Do (I like the redemption of William). I am Facebook friends with Pen, the author, and have also been on some of her retreats at a retreat house in East Sussex, about an hour and a half's drive from where I live. Here it is:
http://www.penhurst.org.uk/

The last one I went to was on 18 October, when Pen's theme was Turning Out the Lights, on loss and change and letting go. As you might imagine, she's a wonderful retreat leader.

I know what you mean about having no desire to engage in Who fandom. For me the best New Who was David Tennant. Although I enjoyed Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, the Tennant era had the best stories. The plots got too convoluted later on. And Tennant will always be my fave. Chris Ecclestone did a grand job in kickstarting New Who though.

xx
pearlette
pearlette at 2017-11-30 11:39 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves*

By the way, you might enjoy these posts (I now write a monthly post for the Association of Christian Writers blog in the UK.

Reflections on Ireland:
http://morethanwriters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/a-writers-blessing-by-philippa-linton_6.html

Frodo gets a brief mention in this one (grin):
http://morethanwriters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/orphans-and-quests-by-philippa-linton.html
Mechtild
mechtild at 2017-12-02 03:50 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves*

Thank you, Pearl! I won't open these links right away, but I will.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2017-12-02 03:49 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves*

Oh, Pearl, retreats with Penelope Wilcock! I'll bet they are great. From her fiction, she seems to have very good perception into people and how faith can operate in their lives, with the emphasis on forgiveness and grace. The Hardest Thing To Do was one of my favorites, too. Maybe the one I liked best. I think my second favorite was The Hour Before Dawn, though The Long Fall was certainly a contender. I also read one of her none-St. Alcuin books, The Clear Light of Day. I didn't find that one had the same charm for me, but I did enjoy and profit from it.

I think David Tennant's seasons were my favorites, too, but I have now watched all the revived series a few times and love the other Doctors, too.

I had seen Tennant in a few things before, and have since watched some of his Shakespearean performances, but I actually think he has shown more breadth and depth playing his three seasons of Doctor Who than anything else I've seen him in, including Shakespeare, even Broadchurch. What a great role the Doctor is, certainly for him.

I had never seen either Christopher Ecceleston or Matt Smith before I saw them in the Doctor Who series (although later I saw Smith in "The Crown", a series I thought sublimely good), but I really appreciate what they did in the role. It took me a few viewings to fully appreciate Matt Smith's Doctor, as it was sometimes so hard for me to keep up with what was going on in his seasons, but after a few times around I could see what wonderful things he was doing in the role, both his subtlety and depth. I loved what I'd seen of Peter Capaldi before I saw him in Doctor Who, but I have really been impressed with his Doctor and treasure many of the episodes in his seasons. I think "Heaven Sent" (the one where he is trapped in a confession dial for a billion years, in a state of angry grief after the death of Clara, practically a one-man show) was the best episode of revived Doctor Who ever.

But it's Tennant's years, so far, that are my favorites over all. I read somewhere Russell T. Davies' style was rather operatic, and I think that may have hit it for me. Those seasons, and Tennant in them, sort of remind me of opera, and I love opera. The stories are accessible, but lifted out of themselves because of the singing (or in Who, the acting), capable of what is big and bold and sweeping, larger than life, or, rather, like life amplified, with big arias that pour the heart out like in Puccini or Verdi. Yet there is also plenty of clever patter and wit, or even broad comedy like the recitative sections in operas by Mozart or Rossini.

Well, I could become a total bore so that will do. I have to go to work in the morning!



Edited at 2017-12-02 03:52 am (UTC)
jan_u_wine
jan_u_wine at 2017-11-30 13:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: *waves*

Pearl! so nice to see you and so glad you enjoyed the post....it's sad to hear naught (much)but the *echoes* in the great halls of Middle-Earth, but all things do change. Fascinated by these stories that you and Mechtild are speaking of, but seems like there's no time these days (please, Doctor, may I borrow a cuppa?)

Mechtild has become a huge Who fan and writes fascinating essays (disguised as emails) about our fave time-travelers adventures. Really, she should be ensconced at a college, teaching a course on Hobbits, Harrys and Whos........

I'll look forward to having time to check out your writings that you linked to Mech! take care and happy holidays! *waves largely*
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