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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Nan Gagnon's "Reunion", plus Jan-u-wine's "Across So Wide a Sea"....

Posted on 2006.12.02 at 06:10


(Anonymous) at 2006-12-02 13:12 (UTC) (Link)

Reading with Jan...

Hi Mechtild,

I was so happy when Jan told me she was going to get to visit with you on her trip to her auntie's home, recently. I didn't know she brought along the lovely panels that Nan painted, though! But Jan is thoughtful; it doesn't surprise me that she'd go out of her way to share something with a friend.

Jan thought I might want to add some comment about helping her read her poem at "Tolkien_Forever's" Hall of Fire party back in '04. All I can think of to say is that I am always honored when Jan asks me to particpate in a reading; I love her poetry. When I read it I believe that (if such a thing is possible) Jan is channelling Frodo's and Sam's souls, and I get to visit with them for a little.

Regarding my part in the reading, I am pleased to say that I delivered my portion without choking up, which can happen easily when speaking this beautifully poignant piece. I hope the emotion and meaning came through in spite of my decidedly un-Tolkienish southern accent.

In conclusion, it never ceases to amaze me how Tolkien's works continue to inspire so many beautiful stories, poems, and art by his fans; their creations then interweave and inspire each other. Its a living, growing thing, Tolkien fandom, and so beautiful.

mechtild at 2006-12-02 13:37 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reading with Jan...

Debby, how great that you got to see this post. I have heard a lot about you from Jan, and have admired your LotR drawings at your primmy gallery. How terrific that you were able to read this splendid poem before such a gathering of Tolkien fans and artists, and at a once-in-a-lifetime event. As for your Southern accent, I am sure that trifles like accents wouldn't have mattered. The poem's power is in the faithfulness and clarity of its eye for the hearts and souls of these two beloved characters.

You must be multi-talented, too, since Jan says your "Blues Brothers" number was perhaps the hit of the evening. You draw and paint, read aloud, and sing a mean blues!

While you all were celebrating in L.A., I was watching the 2004 Oscars on TV right here in our upper Midwest living room with the spots on the rug, glued to the set. But for me, too, excitement turned to euphoria then near-hysteria. Still... it would have been super to be there in the flesh. Wow. WOW.

(Anonymous) at 2006-12-02 20:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reading with Jan...

May I just say that it was a great honor to share the reading of this poem with Debbie at Hall of Fire. (I have to say that I noticed *no* accent). And I'd like to thank Nan again for creating this very beautiful rendition of Frodo and Sam. I have not the fine eye for art that either Debbie or Linda have, but they speak to me, these two travelers who have (at the last) found Home.

(and, yes, Debbie and Kristi rocked the house with the Blues Hobbits. I only hope that a video exists of it somewhere. It's priceless!)


mechtild at 2006-12-02 22:31 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Reading with Jan...

If you hear about that video showing up somewhere, or if someone has put a clip on You Tube or You Sendit, I hope you will link it, Jan. It sounds like it was a show-stopper.
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