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An Auspicious Day!

Today is the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Hobbits and 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 2014!


Happy twelfth 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!

Here is the birthday girl, chilling out.

Virginia in the Sun


You can see more pictures of Virginia here.


The quote for the day is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, and one of Virginia's favorite verses (because, after all, it mentions part of her name):

"Gandalf's Song of Lórien"

In Dwimordene, in Lórien
Seldom have walked the feet of Men,
Few mortal eyes have seen the light
That lies there ever, long and bright.
Galadriel! Galadriel!
Clear is the water of your well;
White is the star in your white hand;
Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land
In Dwimordene, in Lórien
More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men.

Comments

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mrua7
Jan. 3rd, 2014 01:18 pm (UTC)
:>)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 8th, 2014 12:34 am (UTC)
:D
jan_u_wine
Jan. 3rd, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
auspicious indeed! Happy birthday to the amazing and beautiful Professor, and to the lovely Virginia! (any readers in Los Angeles, please come to the Tolkien Toast at the Cat and Fiddle Restaurant on Sunset tonight starting at 7:00 pm)

To the Professor!

(and an additional black and tan to Ms. TSVL! (really, it will not be a problem!~)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
(and an additional black and tan to Ms. TSVL! (really, it will not be a problem!~)

Aw, Virginia and I both thank you for your sacrifice, LOL! ;) I hope you had a fantastic time.
jan_u_wine
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
actually was caught in the horrid snarl of LA traffic and got to the venue a mere fifteen minutes before the Toast.....so i only had one B&T, but shared-out the birthday wishes between Virginia and dear JRRT! (you can see pics of the event of Tolkien Forever's Face Book page, if you like!)
lizziebelle
Jan. 3rd, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Virginia!
equusentric
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:20 pm (UTC)
Hello, fellow sombrero!Giles iconist. :)
mosinging1986
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, Giles! I loved him so.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
So much Giles-y goodness here! <3
lizziebelle
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hee hee!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
She thanks you very much!
equusentric
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Virginia!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
She thanks you very much! :)
mosinging1986
Jan. 3rd, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
Hm, seems to be a lot of LotR going on everywhere lately!

***

Oh, goodness, those outfits! Princess Leia and Sherlock win all. And the bumblebee just kills me! It fits so well with her shape. Hee! She's such a good sport. I can't imagine trying to get my parents' dog (pit bull/lab) into something like that. It could not possibly end well.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
LOL! I'm so tickled you like those costumes. She is an amazingly good sport. My parents send me the costumes each year for Halloween (some of which, like the Sherlock Holmes outfit, my mother made by hand), and they always send goodies for Virginia, too, as bribes. As long as she knows she gets a treat after the photo session, she'll wear anything! In fact, in a number of those shots, she's staring fixedly at said treat - hence the concentration, ha!

When she's not dressed up, though, she loves having her photo taken as a matter of course. Once I was trying to take a picture of my own feet (as a friend of mine had made me a fantastic pair of socks), and Virginia insisted on sitting on them. Why would anyone ever get out a camera, if not to take pictures of her? LOL.

Thanks for your kind words!
mosinging1986
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
In fact, in a number of those shots, she's staring fixedly at said treat - hence the concentration, ha!

The secret's out!
xjenavivex
Jan. 3rd, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VIRGINIA

eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:49 pm (UTC)
She thanks you very much! :)
internet_sampo
Jan. 3rd, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, Virginia!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yay! She thanks you!
estellye
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, sweet girl!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
Aw, she thanks you - and so do I!
vulpine137
Jan. 3rd, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Happy Virginia Day ! Oh yeah, and that Tolkien fellow too ;)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
LOL! Priorities, right? ;) Thank you! Virginia thanks you, too.
st_crispins
Jan. 3rd, 2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday Virginia! To many more years!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, she thanks you - and so do I!
the_cornettist
Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Wishing Virginia a very happy birthday - can't believe she's 12! And thank you for my own birthday greeting :-)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! (I can't believe it either - it seems like just yesterday we were holding her in our hand, before her eyes had even opened for the first time!) I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
i_llbedammned
Jan. 4th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
I never heard of that toast before, but it is neat.

Lorien, it is a beautiful and slightly eerie land.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a neat idea?

"Beautiful and eerie" - that sums it up perfectly.
aota
Jan. 4th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
Virginia is a cutie. Happy Birthday Virginia.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, she thanks you - and so do I!
savageseraph
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Awww. Give the birthday girl a hug from me. This was also my Mom's birthday. 1/3. A good day.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you - will do.

This was also my Mom's birthday. 1/3. A good day.

A good day, indeed! *hugs you*
wellinghall
Jan. 4th, 2014 07:45 am (UTC)
The Professor!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Cheers! :)
gilda_elise
Jan. 4th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)
Such a photogenic little girl! (I especially like the one of her wrapped in, I think, a Christmas blanket.) The happiest of birthdays to her and Mr. Tolkien.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Aw, she thanks you very much - and so do I!
modernnature
Jan. 4th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
A day late, but Happy Birthday to the Professor all the same!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yay! It's never too late. :)
cookiefleck
Jan. 5th, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
What a glamour pose. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
LOL! She knows she looks good. ;)
litlover12
Jan. 7th, 2014 03:33 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday, sweet Virginia!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 9th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
Aw, she thanks you, and so do I!
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