The Professor

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“Not all who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Forest

The Hobbit will be in theatres as early as next week much to the delight of J.R.R. Tolkien fans.  I first read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was fifteen and have come back time and time again to revisit the land of Middle Earth.  J.R.R.Tolkien or the Professor as many called him, created elaborate legends which included dwarfs, elves, hobbits, trolls, orcs, goblins, wizards and the ring of power. He has been regularly condemned by some in the English literature establishment, but loved by millions of readers worldwide.

The Professor’s writing style was complex, detailed, even rambling.  And yet, his messages are simple, clear, and powerful. This week, I want to explore some themes that have inspired me on my journey.

17 thoughts on “The Professor

    • How wonderful for you to add the next lines! Thank you so much…I am so pleased!!!

      “From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
      A light from the shadows shall spring.

      A kindred spirit!!!

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      • I’m going from memory, so I might be wrong..
        but I think it is

        reforged shall be sword that was broken
        the crownless again shall be king

        thank you for posting this.

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      • I remember it from The Fellowship. This is from Wikipedia directly: The poem appears twice in The Lord of the Rings’ first volume, The Fellowship of the Ring. It appears first in Chapter Ten, “Strider,” in Gandalf’s letter to the hobbits in Bree, before they know that Strider (Aragorn) is the subject of the verse. It is repeated by Bilbo at the Council of Elrond. He whispers to Frodo that he wrote it many years before, when Aragorn first revealed who he was.

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  1. I love your exchange with billgncs and am looking forward to joining you on this week’s journey, particularly as we have tickets to see the new film The Hobbit on Friday – perfect timing!

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    • Have a wonderful time! This will be our Christmas movie! We are on a fellowship – who has the ring?

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  2. I believe, as many others do, that Tolkien was a genius. He created worlds and languages and stories that were totally unique. He was an influence in his personal relationships as C.S. Lewis describes so well.

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    • I agree! In fact, one of The Professor’s quotes says it better than I could: “I wish life was not so short, he thought. Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about.”

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  3. I look forward to seeing the movie. Sometimes, we need something special in our life … indeed, dear Rebecca !

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    • Yes we do!!! And your visits are always a special time for me. Thank you so much for your comments – they are much appreciated…

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