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I've been sick. Sorry for my silence! More coming soon, but for now, first things first:


Happy birthday to Bilbo and Frodo Baggins! Today is the anniversary of the Long-Expected Party celebrating Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday and Frodo's coming of age in The Lord of the Rings. It was on this day that Bilbo gave his infamous birthday speech, saying "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve," before disappearing from the Shire forever. My thoughts are with the Lómelindi Smial of the Tolkien Society and everyone else who will be celebrating the Baggins Birthdays.

Also on this day, according to the Appendices of The Lord of the Rings, 99-year-old Samwise Gamgee rode out from Bag End for the final time. He was last seen in Middle-Earth by his daughter Elanor, to whom he presented the Red Book. According to tradition, he then went to the Grey Havens and passed over the Sea, last of the Ringbearers.


And now, in honor of the Baggins Birthdays, the departure of Samwise, and Hobbits in general, a quote about the Ring's temptation of - and failure with - one of J.R.R. Tolkien's (and, for that matter, world literature's) greatest heroes, Samwise Gamgee:

"Wild fantasies arose in his mind; and he saw Samwise the Strong, Hero of the Age, striding with a flaming sword across the darkened land, and armies flocking to his call as he marched to the overthrow of Barad-dûr. And then all the clouds rolled away, and the white sun shone, and at his command the vale of Gorgoroth became a garden of flowers and trees and brought forth fruit. He had only to put on the Ring and claim it for his own, and all this could be. In that hour of trial it was the love of his master that helped most to hold him firm; but also deep down in him lived still unconquered his plain hobbit-sense: he knew in the core of his heart that he was not large enough to bear such a burden, even if such visions were not a mere cheat to betray him. The one small garden of a free gardener was all his need and due, not a garden swollen to a realm; his own hands to use, not the hands of others to command."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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wellinghall
Sep. 22nd, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to hear that you have been sick, and I hope you are recovering now. *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am indeed much better. Whew! *hugs*
belleferret
Sep. 22nd, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I love that section of the book--it says so much about Sam, about the things that really are important in life: love and a place to call home.

Happy birthday Bilbo and Frodo!

Hope you feel better soon! *hugs*
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
So very true!

Aw, thank you, my friend. I do indeed. *hugs*
arymetore
Sep. 22nd, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
To Bilbo, Frodo, and Samwise the Brave! Though I think we're having to hold off on festivities til tomorrow. And then we'll party again for 4 days in the Shire itself at ALEP II :)
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
WOOHOO! Have a fantastic time.
agentxpndble
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
:::HUGS::: Being sick sucks. I hope you recover soon!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *hugs* I owe you a mountain of email - you've sent such wonderful goodies. Thanks a million. I'll be catching up ASAP, I promise! Hope all's well with you.
brighteyed_jill
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
One of J.R.R. Tolkien's (and, for that matter, world literature's) greatest heroes, Samwise Gamgee
Darn straight.

Also, I hope you're feeling better soon!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Amen! :)

And thank you so much. I am indeed feeling better. I appreciate your good wishes!
lizziebelle
Sep. 22nd, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful photo! :)

Sorry you've been sick. Hope you feel better soon!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yay!

And thank you so much. I do indeed feel better! I appreciate the good wishes.
gbsteve
Sep. 22nd, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I hope you're feeling better now. Here's a hobbit hole that someone built in Wales.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
I would live in that hobbit hole in a second. :) So cool!

And thank you so much for the good wishes! I do indeed feel better.
beledibabe
Sep. 22nd, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
Aw, hon, hope you're on the mend soon!

And I'm raising a glass (or two) to Bilbo, Frodo, and the inestimable Samwise!
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, my friend. I'm feeling much better now.

Yay for hobbits!
penfold_x
Sep. 22nd, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Why isn't this a national holiday? :)
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Seriously! It should be!
ankh_hpl
Sep. 23rd, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
Hope you're completely better Real Soon Now! In the meantime, here's a virtual pot of Earl Grey, complete with tea cosy.
eldritchhobbit
Sep. 24th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! Yummmm....
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