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Barrow-wight interlude

I haven’t dropped out again – I’m just lazy. Writing is hard.  (Hence the novel I’ve been working on since the Reagan administration.) Workdays are ridiculous, so weekends I am prone to just lollop about. However, this afternoon, while lolloping, I … Continue reading

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LotR Reread, Chapter 3: Three Is Company (part two)

Look, I’m back! *pause for amazement* So when last I left the lads, they were sleeping under a tree being marveled at by a fox. They were still in the Shire, so they didn’t feel any need to keep watch … Continue reading

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LotR Re-read: supplemental

(I’ve been listening to too much of the Mission Log Star Trek podcast, I think – but this is a supplemental post.) (Spoilers if you’re not familiar with the rest of the book.) ‘You ought to go quietly, and you ought … Continue reading

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LotR Reread, Chapter 3: Three Is Company (part one)

So far, so good. CHAPTER 3 – Three Is Company One of my very favorite lines: “Frodo did not offer her any tea.” Wow – I had this mostly written, sitting out there on my computer. Why on earth didn’t … Continue reading

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LotR Re-read – Stop laughing!

OK. Seriously. It’s been that long? *sigh* Well, anyone-who’s-still-out-there (hi, and thank you!), yesterday was Tolkien Reading Day. And I had just finished what I had been reading. And despite this being what I’ve often seen called “the bad timeline” … Continue reading

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9/11

The radio ambushed me first thing this morning by featuring Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A”. I will always remember sitting in my car sobbing sometime in the week after the attacks – because that song, simple and earnest and … Continue reading

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LotR Reread – rabbit hole

This was going to be just another paragraph in my second (or was it third?) post about Chapter Two … and then I dug a little deeper, and it became more than that. I don’t know quite what it is, … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past (again)

So – now it’s April, 3018, and Gandalf returns. Which, by the way, is a sure sign that this time the Great Reread is meant to be: change the 3 to a 2, and in a couple of months I … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past

The talk did not die down in nine or even ninety-nine days. Tolkien really did write wonderful first lines, didn’t he? The second disappearance of Mr. Bilbo Baggins was discussed in Hobbiton, and indeed all over the Shire, for a … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past (Prologue)

From the Foreword: As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected … Continue reading

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