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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Happy 116th Birthday to Tolkien: photos, letter #328, and a reflection.

Posted on 2008.01.03 at 15:15
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

January 3, 1892 ~ September 2, 1973


ecause today is Tolkien's birthday, I am posting a few images, a copy of letter #328, and a reflection in his honour.

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julchen11
julchen11 at 2008-01-09 21:00 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, dear friend, for this wonderful tribute to The Professor!
The pictures you posted are amazing, thank you!

He created a world we love, with his landscapes, hobbits, big people, elves, dwarfs … whatever.

“If sanctity inhabits his works or as a pervading light illumines it then it does not come from him but through him. And neither of you would perceive it in these terms unless it was with you also."

This touches me very deeply. This light touched you – to me you are a light conductor (I wish I could experss myself better). This reminds me on our conversation – with Jan – about light sources last weekend …

The pictures you posted are truly wonderful.

I just got the book “Tolkien’s collected letters” few days before and I’m very curious to start reading.

To fanfiction – all those wonderful writers using (not misusing) Tolkiens world and people are the proof of respect and admiration for his incredible works. Not matter what genres that stories (short or long) are – he inspires, he let us feel, think and IMAGINE what could have been, what should have been, what the writer wants to read to keep Middle Earth going. For me in those writers the “inner light” shows through, I can see it and I can FEEL it.
I’m not a writer, I’m a grateful reader and I admire any of those writers for their works (brilliant or not so brilliant) because they leave me … thinking, dreaming and IMAGINING.
He teaches us and so we are trying to learn more and more, by his magic of creation.

Thank you again – you gave me something to think about! How could I wish for more…

Love,
Julchen
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-10 00:56 (UTC) (Link)
He created a world we love, with his landscapes, hobbits, big people, elves, dwarfs …

Yes, he really created a world. And don't we love it!

On fanfiction, I started out reading it very cautiously, very dogmatically, and very judgementally. I still am judgemental, because I still like quality writing, and I still like fanfics to bear some resemblance to the original, but I am far more willing to go with writers to alternative imaginings--if they can make them work, which means, 'make them worth reading' according to my own ideas of what's worthwhile, and according to the source material (Tolkien's world).

Thanks so much for posting, Julchen. You are such an attentive reader.

frodosweetstuff
frodosweetstuff at 2008-01-10 21:21 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this post! Most interesting!! :)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-11 13:48 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Frodosweetstuff!
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-12 16:49 (UTC) (Link)

"Lembas - dust and ashes, we don't eat that."

Thank you, Mechthild, for posting this. I missed your post last year and looked it up when I found this one. I love the letter, especially what Tolkien says about the reader's perception of the light that illumines his work. And also the way you picked this up. Of the photos it is the one with his wife that touches me most, probably.
It's good to have phial-bearers like you around!
Thank you again.
Anne
P.S.: doesn't "we don't eat that" sound just like Gollum? Was it intended this way and I am just too daft to see the obvious?
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-12 17:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Lembas - dust and ashes, we don't eat that."

Thank you, Anne, for commenting. That *is* a lovely picture of the two of them as an elderly couple. I was tempted to post Edith's young "Luthien" picture (or so I call it), but it's already posted in the linked post from last year.

P.S.: doesn't "we don't eat that" sound just like Gollum? Was it intended this way and I am just too daft to see the obvious?


Yes, Gollum said words to that effect in "The Two Towers", the chapter called 'The Passage of the Marshes'. When Frodo hands him a piece of lembas on a mallorn leaf he says,

...Gollum sniffed at the leaf and his face changed: a spasm of disgust came over it, and a hint of his old malice. 'Sméagol smells it!' he said 'Leaves out of the elf-country, gah! They stinks. He climbed in those trees, and he couldn't wash the smell off his hands, my nice hands.' Dropping the leaf, he took a corner of the lembas and nibbled it. He spat, and a fit of coughing shook him.

'Ach! No!" he spluttered. 'You try to choke poor Sméagol. Dust and Ashes, he can't eat that. He must starve. Poor thin Sméagol!'

Indirectly, the idea of lembas being anathema to the antagonists in LotR is expressed again in 'The Tower of Cirith Ungol', when Frodo tells Sam he still has some lembas left because the Orcs hated even the look and smell it.

Anne, you've commented before, and I'm wondering if you are Anne Pickersgill, the artist. Like the last time, this comment was made as an unregistered LJ user ("anonymous"), and Anne Pickersgill has an LJ under the name "frodos_mum". I just checked and that LJ is still open. But perhaps you happened not to be logged in. Are you she?

Edited at 2008-01-12 05:23 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) at 2008-01-12 23:05 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Lembas - dust and ashes, we don't eat that."

Hi Mechtild, that's just lovely of you to quote that passage from the TT for me! Thank you! It sounded vaguely familiar to me in the letter. Last time I read the books was when the trilogy came out, and I listened to the audio version a little later. But you seem to know them by heart, don't you? I adore that.
Ha - why don't I listen to the CDs right now? Yeah, good idea! I have been tied to bed, coughing and breathing in three-quarter-time for two days.

I don't know Anne Pickersgill and I am not her. I am Anne from Germany. I am working in the field of human ressources development, I have studied literature and other stuff and I have worked for an American University for a few years. Was nice.

I don't know why I fell so much in love with Frodo in particular - with both Frodos actually, the book- and the film-Frodo - well, maybe I do know.

I know it's not nice for you guys out there to have to deal with anonymous. Please trust me, I mean no harm.

Anne (off to fix herself a dose of LotR)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-01-13 01:11 (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Lembas - dust and ashes, we don't eat that."

Hi, Anne aus Deutschland (is that correctly said?)! I don't mind at all that you are not Anne Pickersgill, or that you are posting so-called "Anonymously" (how can you be "anonymous" if you sign your posts?????). I just didn't want to be discourteous to Anne Pickersgill if you were she.

I don't know why I fell so much in love with Frodo in particular - with both Frodos actually, the book- and the film-Frodo - well, maybe I do know.

Maybe you *do* know? What did you mean by that, I wonder?

P.S. I don't know the book by heart. Key passages are familiar to me, but I don't have the quotes memorized, not at all! I look them up, then copy them out. :)

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