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A Day for Celebration!

Happy birthday to the_cornettist and early birthday to gilda_elise and gryphonrhi. May all three of you have a wonderful birthday, and many more to come!


Today also is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Dwarves and Elves and all of Middle-Earth, who was born this day in 1892. I hope everyone will participate in The Tolkien Society's International Birthday Toast for 2007. Thank you, Professor, for your words!


Last but definitely not least, happy birthday to The Shire's Virginia Lórien, a.k.a. Virginia, the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, who was born this day in 2002. We love you, Sweetheart!


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The verse for the day is from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien:

The leaves were long, the grass was green,
The hemlock-umbels tall and fair,
And in the glade a light was seen
Of stars in shadow shimmering.
Tinúviel was dancing there
To music of a pipe unseen,
And light of stars was in her hair,
And in her raiment glimmering.


There Beren came from mountains cold,
And lost he wandered under leaves,
And where the Elven-river rolled
He walked alone and sorrowing.
He peered between the hemlock-leaves
And saw in wander flowers of gold
Upon her mantle and her sleeves,
And her hair like shadow following.

Enchantment healed his weary feet
That over hills were doomed to roam;
And forth he hastened, strong and fleet,
And grasped at moonbeams glistening.
Through woven woods in Elvenhome
She tightly fled on dancing feet,
And left him lonely still to roam
In the silent forest listening.

He heard there oft the flying sound
Of feet as light as linden-leaves,
Or music welling underground,
In hidden hollows quavering.
Now withered lay the hemlock-sheaves,
And one by one with sighing sound
Whispering fell the beechen leaves
In the wintry woodland wavering.

He sought her ever, wandering far
Where leaves of years were thickly strewn,
By light of moon and ray of star
In frosty heavens shivering.
Her mantle glinted in the moon,
As on a hill-top high and far
She danced, and at her feet was strewn
A mist of silver quivering.

When winter passed, she came again,
And her song released the sudden spring,
Like rising lark, and falling rain,
And melting water bubbling.
He saw the elven-flowers spring
About her feet, and healed again.
He longed by her to dance and sing
Upon the grass untroubling.

Again she fled, but swift he came.
Tinúviel! Tinúviel!
He called her by her elvish name;
And there she halted listening.
One moment stood she, and a spell
His voice laid on her: Beren came,
And doom fell on Tinúviel
That in his arms lay glistening.

As Beren looked into her eyes
Within the shadows of her hair,
The trembling starlight of the skies
He saw there mirrored shimmering.
Tinúviel the elven-fair,
Immortal maiden elven-wise,
About him cast her shadowy hair
And arms like silver glimmering.

Long was the way that fate them bore,
O'er stony mountains cold and grey,
Through halls of iron and darkling door,
And woods of nightshade morrowless.
The Sundering Seas between them lay,
And yet at last they met once more,
And long ago they passed away
In the forest singing sorrowless.

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gilda_elise
Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
A Day for Celebration!
Happy birthday to s_c_enigma and early birthday to gilda_elise and gryphonrhi. May all three of you have a wonderful birthday, and many more to come!


Thanks! Woke up to flowers! (today is my anniversary.)

Last but definitely not least, happy birthday to The Shire's Virginia Lórien, a.k.a. Virginia, the world's most beautiful Boston terrier and our very best friend, who was born this day in 2002. We love you, sweetheart!

Oh, she is a cutie! May you have long and happy years with her. :-)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! Happy Anniversary as well as Happy Birthday!

Oh, she is a cutie! May you have long and happy years with her. :-)

Thank you so much! :)
estellye
Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
Awww! Happy birthday to sweet Virginia! And of course a toast to The Professor and all the people who share this auspicious birthday!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed! And thank you so much. :)
green_key
Jan. 3rd, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Virginia! ::birthday skritches::
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
She thanks you very much! :)
vaklam
Jan. 3rd, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to Virginia!

Oh, yeah, and that other guy you mentioned, too. =)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
LOL! And thanks so much. :)
elicia8
Jan. 3rd, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Virginia!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
She thanks you very much - and so do I! :)
melissagay
Jan. 3rd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to your little angel! :-)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
childermass
Jan. 4th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
ah, to be so young! ;D happy birthday, virginia! <3
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
LOL! She thanks you very much. :)
theladyrose
Jan. 4th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Many happy returns to the lovey Miss Virginia! I posted up your Christmas card on my bulletin board, and random friends have stopped by to say how beautiful she is : )
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 4th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! *hugs* That makes our day.
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