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

Posted on 2018.01.03 at 05:54
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Tolkien - smiling portrait 3-4 view.jpg

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.

Tolkien - Shippey cover-RET,CROP,RED.jpg

On the Greatness and Littleness of Being

upon this shore,
a leaden dog
was lost,

these waves

the sway and chime
of a Ring-bearer's Sea Bell.


upon a glimmer'd even-tide,
a swan-prow'd ship

ran out
amongst these rocks....

Perhaps mer-men
and their fish-tailed maids
cavorted here.



He is a
Big Person,

this man.

ever so greatly *small*,

his heart and artist's

filling the mind's vast
sky with the unending stars,


to pluck,
with fragile deliberation,
a single, storied

from the sun-gilded Sea.

He knows of littleness
and greatness,

this man.

He knows.

His face is worn now,
worn by all that is life:

the joys,
the sorrows,

the things he may touch
and those which he never



the eyes which have known
the ever-widening circles of the world,



Full of loves known and yearnings

beyond time,

beyond place,

beyond Wood or Sea,

or Shore,
beyond words

or pastel'd brush-strokes......


Birthdays and blessings.

The former, upon this day,
within the echoing shell
of these hours,

The latter, through the beauty
of your being,

from the grand music
of your pencil,


shirebound at 2018-01-03 13:04 (UTC) (Link)
Ohhhh! I have chills from the beauty and truth of this poem.

his heart and artist's

filling the mind's vast
sky with the unending stars


♥ ♥ to you both for sharing your inspiring bond with us, and ♥ ♥ to the Professor, for bringing us all together.
mechtild at 2018-01-03 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
You are most welcome, Shirebound. I feel so fortunate to have been born late enough to have read the Professor's books. I would hate to have missed them!
jan_u_wine at 2018-01-04 00:41 (UTC) (Link)
thank you so much, SB! We have, all of us, been most fortunate, and the Professor has been no small measure of that good fortune! (as has my fellow Tolkienista, Mistress Mechtild!)
ambree40 at 2018-01-03 14:18 (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful poem. I love how it begins with a glimpse of the workings of Tolkien's imagination and ends with expressing our gratitude for the world he created.

That picture of Tolkien by the seashore is new to me. It shows the essence of Tolkien just as well as that famous picture of him sitting under a tree.

Thanks to you both, Jan for another beautiful poem and Mechtild for posting it.
mechtild at 2018-01-03 19:57 (UTC) (Link)
Ambree, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the poem. It is apt to my own feelings as well.

I too never saw that photo, or not until I bought a copy of Tom Shippey's book, "Author of the Century". It's on the cover, which I scanned. I think the newer edition uses a different photo. Here's the cover of my edition:

jan_u_wine at 2018-01-04 00:44 (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you like the post, Ambree. Mechtild picked some lovely 'flowers' out of the Tolkien Field to illustrate, didn't she?

Speaking of birthdays, congratulations once more on your father's 100th and I hope there was a Party of Special Magnificence!
ambree40 at 2018-01-04 12:12 (UTC) (Link)
"there was a Party of Special Magnificence!"
There was!

[Hope you received email with link to newspaper item. Afraid Google-translate makes mess of translation. :-)]
jan_u_wine at 2018-01-05 12:56 (UTC) (Link)
oh, I"m so glad the party was G R A N D !!!

I did receive the email and replied to it....i think there's something wrong with email delivery, as thereafter i got a message from yahoo that i had to reset my password.....

But I used the google translate and it did a pretty good job....i think the one word it didn't translate was 'dam' and so i researched and found out that means 'checkers'. What an lovely and giving man your father is, dear Ambree. Such a wonderful life to celebrate!
ambree40 at 2018-01-13 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
How strange I didn't get your email and that your sending it caused problems with your yahoo account.

I'm beginning to think something might be wrong with my email provider. Every time I log on to LJ I'm asked to verify my email address. I also don't get email notifications of LJ comments any longer. That's why it took me so long to reply to you here. Must confess I'm feeling rather helpless about all this.....

My dad enjoyed his Grand Party, especially the Lord Major's visit.
jan_u_wine at 2018-03-19 12:25 (UTC) (Link)
I'm responding to you sooooo late for the very reason you state above: Suddenly came to my attention (in looking thru my LJ account for a long-lost user (Wellinghall) that I was also no longer getting notifications. I think you've fixed this problem for your own notifications now? (I had to go into my account and re-click a lot of stuff...they must have done some un-maintaining maintenance on LJ)....
ambree40 at 2018-03-23 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
"sooo late". Well, this reply is very much overdue. :-)
I still don't get email notifications, which is very strange because LJ does regularly send me emails about "what you may have missed" (full of posts from people that aren't even on my flist).

I have now adopted the strategy of checking "messages" on my "profile" to see if there are any new comments. That works but I still miss the notifications.
mechtild at 2018-03-23 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
Ambree, I have heard from Jan about the lack of notifications. Just in case, I am copying and pasting your reply into an email. I've been getting mine, but there have been times when my notification function seemed to just evaporate, coming back later just as magically. ????
ambree40 at 2018-03-23 18:22 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Mechtild.
The strangest thing is that I get a warning each time I log on to LJ that my email address needs reconfirmation and yet I get these "in case you missed it" spam LJ-messages through my email all the time. I've reconfirmed my email many times but that hasn't brought the notifications back.
mechtild at 2018-03-23 18:23 (UTC) (Link)
Inexplicable. And aggravating!
jan_u_wine at 2018-03-23 20:58 (UTC) (Link)
hellllloooooooo ladies......well, i think what we are seeing here is whomever has control of LJ acting just like the idiots who have control of yahoo.....(the other day, i logged into my mail only to find it utterly changed, looking like Bag End's garden on a summer day: full of flowers and butterflies but un-ful of anything you might need in terms of mail)...

anyway, Ambree.....I actually had to go into my Notifications on LJ and check everything and click or reclick that which had become undone.....and now it works splendidly....

so, if you have not tried that yet, that might help you.

BTW, stay tuned to Mechtild's LJ.......
jan_u_wine at 2018-03-23 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
i must also say: if there were a way to 'slap' LJ, I would. Especially those snarky "you might have missed" (to which i add: yes, and all because of YOU!)

ok, i'll go have lunch and then i'll be calmer.
gilli_ann at 2018-01-03 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
Lovely poem.
And it's so good to "see" you, Mechtild. I hope you are doing well.

(This is Maeglian, btw. I switched names— and added a fandom.)
mechtild at 2018-01-03 21:59 (UTC) (Link)
Hello, Maeglian (Gillian)!!! It's good to see you (virtually), too! You switched names because you added a fandom. Which is it? Perhaps the face in your icon is a clue, but I am (and have been) so out of the loop when it comes to what's on TV and showing at the movies, I can't really tell who that is. Forgive me! :)

Edited at 2018-01-03 10:00 pm (UTC)
gilli_ann at 2018-01-03 23:51 (UTC) (Link)
Nothing to forgive! The icon shows Colin Morgan in his role in the TV show 'The Fall' where he played opposite Gillian Anderson (who on her part made me choose my new name—I also was a big X-files fan, back in the day.)

The "new" and current fandom is the BBC's Merlin, a silly but utterly charming show. Colin Morgan played Merlin. It's several years since the show ended (by killing off King Arthur on Christmas Eve, no less...), how time flies! But I've followed Colin since, and have had the opportunity to see him on stage in London several times, among other roles as Ariel in the Tempest at Shakespeare's Globe.

He had a moving role in the recent movie 'Testament of Youth', with Alicia Wikander in the main role as author Vera Brittain. That one very indirectly has a Tolkien connection, as it's a WW1 movie which depicts the horrors of the trenches and the senseless deaths of so many promising young men.

I'm happy to see you still holding the Tolkien banner aloft. :)

Edited at 2018-01-03 11:52 pm (UTC)
mechtild at 2018-01-04 00:01 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the detailed reply, Maeglian. I will look Colin Morgan up. If you think he's good, he's good. :)
jan_u_wine at 2018-01-04 00:45 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Gilli_ann, so happy you liked the poem! And love the clever way you contrived to change your name!
julchen11 at 2018-01-04 03:39 (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful Tribute to the Professor! This Poem gives me chills, it's so so beautiful.

"The latter, through the beauty
of your being,

from the grand music
of your pencil,

Just gorgeous.
Thank you, my dear, for re-posting it.
Thank you, Jan, for this Grand Music of your pencil.

*raises glass*
mechtild at 2018-01-04 12:43 (UTC) (Link)
Jan-u-wine has the magic touch, eh, Julchen? :)

Cheers!!! And a very joyous new year.
julchen11 at 2018-01-04 12:47 (UTC) (Link)
She absolutely has it, no doubt :-)
*cheers my dear* and a very happy new year to you and yours!
Could you please send me your snail mail address -I lost my address book and I can't find it *sigh*That would be soooo kind!!!
mechtild at 2018-01-04 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
No problem, Julchen. It’s....
Linda Backman
2815 Greysolon Road
Duluth, MN. 55812
julchen11 at 2018-01-05 14:38 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks sooooo much, my dear. Watch out for the postman!
jan_u_wine at 2018-01-05 12:57 (UTC) (Link)
thank you so very much, dear Julchen....so happy that you enjoyed!

Edited at 2018-01-05 12:58 pm (UTC)
julchen11 at 2018-01-05 14:37 (UTC) (Link)
You know me, how could I not *hugs you Close*
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