In other news, Ed Beeson of the Herald News published an article on fan fiction on Friday: "Online fan fiction puts a new spin on old relationships."
Now, in honor of gondoriangirl, one of my favorite verses from The Lord of the Rings, a passage that speaks to the very soul of -- what else? -- a Hobbit:
In western lands beneath the Sun
the flowers may rise in Spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
the merry finches sing.
Or there maybe 'tis cloudless night
and swaying beeches bear
the Elven-stars as jewels white
amid their branching hair.
Though here at journey's end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the day is done
Nor bid the stars farewell.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King