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 Poet's Corner, Consider this the Shire's literary salon
ShireScholar
Posted: Oct 26 2008, 09:53 PM


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As I've said in previous favorite moments posts, I've decided to share memories from time to time in short bursts of poetry meant to evoke the sensations of ALEP as a whole. So, far I've posted fifteen short poems: "Rise of the Rangers"; "Shire Reel"; "Dayrise"; "Lantern's Light"; "Night Ride of the Nazgul"; "Wind Whistling 'Round"; the ode to costuming as truth "Alchemy"; the magical mystery tour boatride tribute "River of Dreams"; an overview of our Elvish night, fittingly entitled "Hall of Fire"; a lighthearted tribute to our tireless 'tween Hobbits -- Sam :sam: and Pippin :pippin: entiled "At Your Service"; a "haunting" tribute :rolleyes: to our ghost walk and talk special, "Phantasmagoria"; a celebration of our hay ride and the accompanying first sight of the Party site with "Party Hearty"; a lullaby to nighttime in the Shire -- "Nightfall";"Shire's Gifts" -- a reflection on ALEP's general ambience; and "Elvensong (One More for The Road)", recalling a Monday morning moment in front of the Trustees House "down at the door where it began".

"Alchemy" is about the transforming quality of light, the Old Grange, and costuming. This was really inspired by the dappled quality of light that came through the slats and beams of that wonderful building. Perhaps someone has photos that capture that effect.

"Phantasmagoria" is a metaphorical snapshot of sitting under an ancient Ent-like tree telling spine-tingling stories. SV spook Night pix, anyone?

This new edit adds one more poem burst: "Communion" a meditation on panels and why we love them, crafted over several weeks (a slow burst this time :P ), bringing the total to sixteen bursts of poetry in praise of ALEP. I keep thinking that I have completed the set, and then another image will burst forth. :lightning:

As I add new moments, I will re-edit this particular posting, so that all my contributions are in the same place in the thread. Everyone, please feel free to comment and share poetic moments of your own. The experience was sheer poetic dream, and so this genre seems fitting.

Joy,
ShireScholar :hobbit computer:

And here are the poems (so far! as of the first day of Spring --March 20th, 2009 -- what would that be in Shire Reckoning?) :

COMMUNION

In the country of our thoughts and dreams,
we stand on common ground,
pledged to keep alive the truth
of myth and magic found
deep within the chambered heart,
deep within the soul.

And the rafters ring aloud with joy
(and flare with passion, too)
at the beauty of fair Elven speech,
at the power of Tales True.

As now we gather to debate,
to discourse,
to extoll
the Tales that Really Matter,
the Tales that make us whole!

Hence, when all join in such fellowship
(as has erefore been told),
a star shines on the hour,
a star shines in the soul.

Lembas. Communion.

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ELVENSONG (One More For The Road)

Before the doorway of "the Trust",
brushed with glamour of Faerie's dust,
we stood,
forever young, yet cloaked in Time --
an Elvish feeling, full and fine,
a part of myth and story.
For we who dallied 'till the end
stood wrapped in lingering glory,
as sang we all in voices soft,
then raised full-bodied strong,
of Roads that travel ever on --
our anthem now --
bright song!

************

SHIRE'S GIFTS

Sunrise, sunset.
Starshine, mist.
Quiet mornings.
Evenings kissed
by stillness, softness --
Soul's sweet bliss!

Roads call out to questing feet;
Shire's bliss is heart's retreat.
Land and People --
all one soul...
Fellowship found here
makes all whole!

************

NIGHTFALL

Softly, softly,
Shirefolk tread
On their way to featherbeds,
All bedazzled by night sky.
Star-pocked velvet fills the eye!

And still song lingers on the air --
Elven voices, sweet and fair,
Whisper deep in Shire dreams --
And fill the heart with longing!

*************

PARTY HEARTY

A winding road through Shire's glen
the Party-bound delights,
As ride we all o'er hill and dale
on grassy bales bound tight.

It is a moment of repose
when all laugh, talk, and sing
Of joy remembered, joy to come,
of each bright, joyful thing.

Then there it rises
-- sudden-like! --
The Party laid before us.
A fabled fest here come to life
in ways both sweet and glorious!

With banners bright and groaning board,
it's A Long Expected Party!
Good Hobbits know what they must do --
Dance lively and eat hearty!

Happy Birthday, Bilbo Baggins!

************

PHANTASMAGORIA

Ghosts take foot about the Shire
as midnight cleaves the clock.
Lights go flashing room to room
as Hobbit hearts near-stop!

Yet brave souls gather, ranger-round,
to share a tale or three,
'neath the fingered Ent-like branches
of an ancient apple tree.

Now all sit webbed in wonder,
as tales spin round their heads,
And shivers sluice down many a spine
with an ever-creeping dread!

No place is here for faint hearts;
No room for Toms Who Doubt!
For when ghosts take foot about the Shire,
true courage needs come out!

************

AT YOUR SERVICE

Sprightly, knightly --
Full of pluck!
Robin Goodfellow?
Shakespeare's Puck?

Nay! No Avon sprites these be,
But Shire-bred and, all-around,
the best young Hobbits to be found!

Lending a hand ...
Climbing a tree ...
With boundless zest and endless glee!

Bilbo's Best Boys --
Sam and Pippin --
always At Your Service ...!

************

HALL OF FIRE

Hall of Fire,
Hall of Dreams.
Harpsong, Heroes, Glory!

Hall of Fire,
Hall of Dreams.
Hearts warmed, Hobbits, Story!

Hall of Fire,
Hall of Dreams.
Elven lords, Istari!

Hall of Fire,
Hall of Dreams.
Fierce Fellowship --
And Love ...!

************

RIVER OF DREAMS

Heady and sweet,
Brandywine
makes us drunk with delight,
as sail we all
through myth and lore and legend
...ever deeper into Dream!

An eagle flies.
The Argonath loom up --
Or so it seems
in this fabled hour upon the water,
filled with fellowship and heart's desire.

And on a far shore
await our mirrored selves --
Hobbits, Elves, and Rangers all! --
welcoming us back,
welcoming us Home ...!

*************

ALCHEMY

Sunlight -- liquid, ruddy, gold --
pours through Old Grange,
where slats and rafters cannot hold
transmuting fire,
pulsing, bold --
Pure alchemy for souls!

No costumed soul walks in Old Grange,
for here heart's truth is welcome!
Now walk here
Hobbit, Man, and Elf.
Now walk here
Dwarf and Wizard.
For in dappled light,
all masks are gone,
And soul's true face is worn ... !

************

WIND WHISTLING 'ROUND

A hymn to the morning
on a crisp autumn day --
Wind whistling 'round the Old Grange.
Those within --
Hobbit, Elf, and Rangerkind --
sit hushed and reverent ...
Listening ...
As Wind sighs.
As Wind sings.
As Middle-earth so voices
the Song of its Soul ...!

***********

NIGHT RIDE OF THE NAZGUL

Thundering, thundering, thundering ...!
Dark hooves thundering!
Billowing folds of Night
shape Darkness come alive ...!
Breath catching,
Hearts pounding,
Hobbits cry, "Who goes there?!"
Black Rider gallops forth ...!

************

LANTERN'S LIGHT

Of lantern light
a circle forms,
alive with song and story.
Lights leaping bright
from lamp to lamp --
Like beacons in their glory!

Night sky is velvet,
dark and deep.
Its starshine feeds the soul.
And those who bide in Middle-earth
In lantern's light feel whole...!

******

DAYRISE

Morning mist drifts, soft and dewy,
like clouds come down to earth in whispering caress.
Horses nicker.
Sheep bleat --
And beyond the rise of the road,
Gentle laughter echoes.
Hobbits! --
On their way to breakfast.

It's dayrise in the Shire,
drowsy and sweet,
like a waking dream ...!

******

SHIRE REEL

Rusts and golds and forest greens;
Smoky browns and reddish sheens --
Hobbits garbed like autumn leaves,
Reeling round the dance floor.

Lilting laughter on the air;
Ribbons twined in lasses' hair;
Festive lights in Party Tree --
It must be Bilbo's birthday!

******
RISE OF THE RANGERS

Under a moonless sky
rose a piercing cry.
Danger!
Ghostly danger!
Cloaks flying,
swords held high --
Rangers! --
To the rescue ...!

********

I will add more as they evolve. I hope this helps evoke your own fond memories of A Long Expected-- and now long remembered -- Party. :feedback:

This post has been edited by ShireScholar on Mar 20 2009, 02:36 PM
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gandalf the grey
Posted: Oct 27 2008, 02:36 PM


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How nice! You can really capture a moment and put it to words. I am putting these to pictures I think compliment them best; framing them and hanging them on my wall (in what room there is left on it). Do you mind? I credit you, of course.

I will look back here often. Thank you!

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Posted: Oct 27 2008, 09:41 PM


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Well, done, ShireScholar!
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Posted: Oct 27 2008, 10:16 PM


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So nice to hear from both Gandalf the Grey and Ladyhawk! Please folks, these poem "bursts" (as in they cannot be contained inside and so must be put to paper and/or screen) really are meant to be shared with our community.

Thank you, Gandalf and others I have heard from in private messages for hunting down appropriate photos that these seem to reflect. I'd like to capture all those stars and the sunsets in poems of their own. And something about fellowship, of course. Maybe Sam and Pippin and their tireless energy too. We'll see what comes.

More joy,
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MithLuin
Posted: Oct 27 2008, 11:58 PM


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These are great! I certainly remember stepping outside to mist on Sunday morning on my way to breakfast, and you've captured that well. Your other ideas for poems sound perfect as well. Maybe something about the boat ride, too? I would contribute, but alas, I do not have a gift for poetry (yet another thing that makes me more hobbity than elvish).

"There are stars in the Southern sky
If ever you decide you should go...."
Seven Bridges Road by the Eagles

Certainly looking forward to whatever else you come up with!


A few "Rise of the Rangers" pics, even though they weren't from the event that inspired it:

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(Posted Image)

:legolas: :wraith:


There are tons of pictures of the dancing, but here are a couple:
Learning to Dance

Pippin and the girls

Two Dancers

Dancing

Dancing in a circle

Gandalf dancing and again

Let's Dance!

The Reel

More Reel

Bridge

Etc. :)
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Posted: Oct 28 2008, 02:29 AM


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Oh, yes -- much evoking going on here! :) It is an amazing thing how just a few carefully-chosen words can bring a memory back to life! Love your poem bursts; would love to hear more! :pen & paper:

Plus I think Gandalf might find some of them very suitable for inclusion in an ALEP calendar... ;)

Melilot/Jo Lynne, just a generic hobbit :hobbit lass:
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Posted: Nov 3 2008, 10:04 PM


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regarding these poems, all I can say is:


...!
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Melilot Fields from Deephallow
Posted: Nov 3 2008, 11:26 PM


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Yet another keeper! These would make such a good book... illustrated by ALEP, of course!

Remembering that whole Whole Feeling...
Melilot/Jo Lynne
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ShireScholar
Posted: Nov 4 2008, 02:31 PM


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QUOTE (Melilot Fields from Deephallow @ Nov 3 2008, 11:26 PM)
Yet another keeper! These would make such a good book... illustrated by ALEP, of course!

Remembering that whole Whole Feeling...
Melilot/Jo Lynne
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Of course! :)

Joy,
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gandalf the grey
Posted: Nov 4 2008, 05:03 PM


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Once again, they are all wonderful. These capture so well the moment! I could sit and read a book of these (and I hope one day, I will).

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ShireScholar
Posted: Nov 4 2008, 05:53 PM


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I blush :wub: at your praise, Master Gandalf! :lotr_gandalf: Perhaps there will be room on the calendar. If not, well -- they're here. :) And we'll see where else.

Hope to do a few more over the next few days.

Hanging with the Muse,
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gandalf the grey
Posted: Nov 4 2008, 06:26 PM


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Here's an example of what I was thinking of. I don't know who took this beautiful picture, and I also forgot to put your name under the poem I see now that I look at it. Well, you get the idea.

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:frodo: Btw, it's Frodo that's doing the calendars, remember. He's a very clever hobbit.

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Posted: Nov 4 2008, 06:29 PM


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And another...

(Posted Image)

This is the only pic I saw of someone actually in the circle or lanterns. Does anyone have any others? I'm not even facing the camera.

:G rune:
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Posted: Nov 4 2008, 11:28 PM


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:lotr_gandalf: Wizard poetry

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Posted: Nov 4 2008, 11:34 PM


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My dear Gandalf, that is wonderful.

And I know of what is foretold, and I smile at the thought.
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 03:00 AM


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More riddles!

I am filled with hope at this, though. 2011, eh? It seems a long time to wait. They'll already be campaigning for the next election then.... 5 times 7...35 months? So maybe July?

But to an ent, I'm sure it seems the blink of an eye. That's what I get for being more hobbity than elvish, at the end of the day! :campsite:
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 03:26 AM


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Mith:

35 months from today would be October, if that is what the Wizard means by his most curious riddle.
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 03:40 AM


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2011!!! :blink:

*sigh* And I thought the year I had to wait for this one was long! :( *sigh*


Well, at least I've got a date to look forward to ... ... ... even if it will seem like forever. :hobbit lass:
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 03:23 PM


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To Gandalf:
How gracious of you to set my poem bursts to such compelling pictures! They look wonderful -- but yes, you SHOULD be facing the camera. ;) We need to see your wizardly visage in all its semi-omnipotence. :lotr_gandalf:

I do confess I would be happy to see "By Constance G.J. Wagner" at poem's end, though.

But as to 2011 -- very nice dangling of hints. And did you know that the British Tolkien Society is planning Return of the Ring for 2012? There might be some mention of it at www.tolkiensociety.org . (I THINK I got the website correct.)
Large Brit panel and fun event.

And, yes. Frodo is a very clever Hobbit.
Best,
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 03:26 PM


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2011. So be it.

We'll certainly have time to make grand plans. And all of us costumers should have ample time to develope and design new creations for that future gathering. It seems like such a long way of, but as the time passes, we will wonder where it went.

Let those in charge remember that there are numerous helping hands offering assistance. Do not worry about asking for help, we will do so willingly.

And have fun with all the planning. I will look forward to hearing more, as it becomes available.

-Forestchild-
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QUOTE (ShireScholar @ Nov 5 2008, 11:23 AM)
I do confess I would be happy to see "By Constance G.J. Wagner" at poem's end, though.


Fixed.
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 05:05 PM


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Even those of us farther off would love the chance to contribute. Old Winyards for the lot?

Hmmm, if I start saving now, I should be able to make it! (wonder if I can survive nearly 3 years of endless excitement!)
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Posted: Nov 5 2008, 11:10 PM


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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Nov 4 2008, 02:29 PM)
This is the only pic I saw of someone actually in the circle or lanterns. Does anyone have any others? I'm not even facing the camera.

I did find these two, one of Marc and one of you (though the one of you is splotchy.

http://s431.photobucket.com/albums/qq39/al...=Picture089.jpg

http://s431.photobucket.com/albums/qq39/al...=Picture092.jpg
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2 more years and 1 month and 24 days until January of 2011 and if it would be October add the days but I guess I can wait not patiently of course and then I will be older so I hope all things work out. I love the poems and the photos Ashlyn I have a great photo of that old Wizard when all the wedding stuff is over I will try to get it in here somehow. I have a nieice who is a wiz with a computer so she is going to help. The wedding is Saturday. Oh this is a poem from a present my daughter gave me. It does not have a thing to do with ALEP but the moms on here will understand. It was a lace hankey with this poem.
Mom
Through the years you've been there
For all my ups and downs,
From friendships,boys,and homework,to finding wedding gowns.
I want so much to thank you for all you've given me...your care and love
and wisdom and the lasting memories.
So many times you held me and now
you let me go,if there are tears my wedding day this hanky says "I know".
So even though I'm grown up now
Remember on my wedding day...
I'll love you forever,I'll like you for always as long as I'm living your baby I'll be. I love you Mom. I cried and hugged her . :faramireowyn:
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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Nov 4 2008, 01:29 PM)
I'm not even facing the camera.

:G rune:

Not a bad photo. Besides, I always thought that was your best side, G. :lol:
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Bramblerose, that was a lovely poem that came with the hanky. Very beautiful. Be sure to let us know how the wedding goes. I'll watch for the post in your journal. And wish your daughter much luck from the ALEP crowd.

-Forestchild-
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QUOTE (Rosie_Cotton @ Nov 6 2008, 11:05 AM)

Not a bad photo. Besides, I always thought that was your best side, G. :lol:

Nice.
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Awww G, you know I loves you! :lotr_gandalf: :wub: :rosie:

Besides, if the wise shieldmaiden is correct, October is my favorite month, which just makes every thing all that much more special for me.
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Posted: Nov 7 2008, 08:49 PM


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Grey skies settle upon the world
Heaven's tears falling on upturned faces
The colors of autumn, muted
The beating of hearts, stilled

In the Shire, all is quiet
The time of our togetherness has passed
Limbs, reaching for the sky, shedding their bounty
Fluttering softly to the earth below

Echoes of laughter remain there
Floating between the towering trees
Heard again in the rustle of the wind
Through the gently-bared branches

A shaft of sunlight breaks through
Touching a momento of times past
Curious fingers lift it from the ground, amazed
Why would this be here, now?

Could it possibly happen again?
How could such magic be real
Not just once, but years down the road?
The visitor smiled. Yes, it could be.

Again.


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Posted: Nov 7 2008, 09:52 PM


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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Nov 4 2008, 02:26 PM)
Btw, it's Frodo that's doing the calendars, remember. He's a very clever hobbit. :G rune:

For those waiting for the calendar here's a bit of news:

The calendar will be in the size of 13" wide by 19" high, in full color, on 12 pages with the calendar grid taking about a third of the page and the rest taken up by 1 main photo surrounded by smaller ones. Each page will also have a poem appropriate to the main photo in the design. There will also be in the calendar grid a reference to special days all over the world, and from a 2nd world very dear to our hearts.

I plan to sell the calendar 20$ postage included in a cardboard mailer for all of North-America. There will be a slight supplement for shipping elsewhere in the world. All profits will be put aside for eventual use at a future event should one happen, or towards an appropriate charity if that doesn't happen. (What are the odds of a next event not happening I wonder?)

Expect a preview about 2 weeks from now and the actual calendar to be sent out in time for Christmas. When the preview comes out there will be a link to a web page where you will be able to make your order.

If this one is successful enough I might be tempted to make it an annual offering...

:frodo:

PS: It's a foregone conclusion that the poem WhiteLadyEowyn has posted just before this will be included, it's an amazing piece of writing, don't you think?

I also think Constance Wagner's poems are beautiful, but those who know me well will understand why I privilege a certain Shieldmaiden's writings...
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Posted: Nov 8 2008, 01:39 AM


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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Nov 7 2008, 04:49 PM)
Grey skies settle upon the world
Heaven's tears falling on upturned faces
The colors of autumn, muted
The beating of hearts, stilled

In the Shire, all is quiet
The time of our togetherness has passed
Limbs, reaching for the sky, shedding their bounty
Fluttering softly to the earth below

Echoes of laughter remain there
Floating between the towering trees
Heard again in the rustle of the wind
Through the gently-bared branches

A shaft of sunlight breaks through
Touching a momento of times past
Curious fingers lift it from the ground, amazed
Why would this be here, now?

Could it possibly happen again?
How could such magic be real
Not just once, but years down the road?
The visitor smiled. Yes, it could be.

Again.

:lantern:
That's very nice, and that's what it is like there now, for I was there several days ago, walking hither and thither. You'd never know we were there; the village is the village, but the party field now holds many memories and it's a bittersweet experience to be there. If you stand and listen, you can almost hear the faint sound of music and the laughing of hobbits.

:pen & paper: I wonder what would be a good picture for that bit of writing?

Plans for tonight: :fireplace: :pipe: :book: :teacup:

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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Nov 7 2008, 09:39 PM)
:pen & paper: I wonder what would be a good picture for that bit of writing?

:G rune:

Something like this maybe?
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The calendar will be in the size of 13" wide by 19" high, in full color, on 12 pages with the calendar grid taking about a third of the page and the rest taken up by 1 main photo surrounded by smaller ones.


so.... it's not going to be folded in half and center stapled like most calendars? It's going to be spiral bound at the top????

-Dora Took :hobbit lass: :sewing:
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QUOTE (dora_took @ Nov 8 2008, 12:28 AM)
so.... it's not going to be folded in half and center stapled like most calendars? It's going to be spiral bound at the top????

        -Dora Took  :hobbit lass:  :sewing:

Either spiral bound or edge glued, whatever works best.
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Posted: Nov 8 2008, 05:42 PM


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First poetry, now a marvelous calendar -- ALEP just keeps getting better and better! :wub:
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Gandalf asked: "I wonder what would be a good picture for that bit of writing?"


I've uploaded several photos to the group album. Bonnie-Half Elven and I stayed untill Monday, that morning I took one last walk around the Village. (We couldn't bring ourselves to get in the car and leave.)
It was a still and foggy morning, the sun just breaking thru when I took these.
Please feel free to make use of these for whatever you wish.

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gandalf the grey
Posted: Nov 9 2008, 02:09 PM


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OMG all these pictures you guys are suggesting are WAY cool! I can't pick which pic is best, lol!

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Ok, I did a couple of for instances on the ALEP Photobucket account. They're plain, but the words and the picture seemed enough.

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p.s. These are to the dimensions of 8.5 x11, so if anyone ever wanted to print one, there's no prob on standard letter paper.

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Posted: Nov 9 2008, 03:55 PM


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JP, they're all beautiful.

I am honored that you would consider my words worthy enough of such a treat.

Thank you.
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QUOTE (whiteladyeowyn @ Nov 7 2008, 08:49 PM)

How could such magic be real
Not just once, but years down the road?
The visitor smiled.  Yes, it could be.

Again.

Eowyn,
I was moved by the stillness of your poem. For me, poetry is about moments and jewels of emotion and this one seems to capture the suspended in time feeling that the Kentucky Shire provided. I especially liked the last few lines -- particularly the lone last word, so fraught with meaning. And the opening lines were very atmospheric and create a sense of the moment. Brava!

And Bramblerose -- a sweet inclusion to the Poet's Corner. Hope the wedding was equally sweet and wonderful.

Frodo,
Your plans for the calendar sound wonderful. I am sure it will be a keeper and folks will buy one to use and one to save -- Now and For Always! ;)

And to all -- I am stealing time at work today to post two more poems to my original posting place of poetry. Hope you all enjoy! More to come. I am trying to create stuff for as many moments as I can. Someone had suggested the boat ride and I would like to do that. It is gestating. :lol: -- As are things on weather, Sam and Pippin, the Hall of Fire, the hay ride and first sight of the Party Field. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

But for now, I am off to post "Night Ride of the Nazgul" and "Wind Whistling 'Round." Enjoy whatever memories these stir up!

Best,
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Posted: Nov 9 2008, 05:14 PM


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Constance:

Your new poems are wonderful, they continue to evoke many memories of that weekend.

Your praise of my own words, however, means the most to me. I have long been relunctant to share my writings outside of the circle of comfort I have found myself within over the years.

The first part of my poem was inspired - not by the Party itself, but by the weather here two days ago. The autumn leaves are just now at their peak here, due to the drought. We had a burst of rainfall about three weeks ago, followed by a cold snap, and this set the trees aflame in color.

It rained again here, two days ago, an all-day event that enshrouded the world in foggy, cold mist. As I was coming home from work to eat lunch, I topped the hill above my apartments to see the surrounding hillsides awash in color, but enveloped by the misting rains. The last few hundred feet to my turn-off were full of emotion-filled thoughts, brought upon me by the beauty that Mother Nature shared with me in that moment.
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Jo/Eowyn:

As I read your poem, it struck me how Tolkien would have loved it as it is, indeed, in praise of trees -- and nature in general. I am glad to hear that the drought is broken.

But you have a gift for word painting and if my gentle nudges move you a bit further out of your personal artisic safety zone, more's the better.

You are, after all, a shieldmaiden and daughter of kings! Ride forth with courage!
And write with courage as well! :eowyn:

Best,
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Posted: Nov 9 2008, 10:44 PM


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Here is something I wrote, many weeks and months before the Party, and never posted it anywhere. It stayed safely hidden in my harddrive, and I am glad that I never lost it. I stumbled upon it today, while looking for something else.

I intended to read this on Thursday night, during the BondFire/Lantern Circle - but never printed it off, nor found the courage to try to recreate it on such short notice.

Anyway, I hope you approve.


******************

We stand upon the brink of something
much larger than ourselves
A time when our hearts and minds
will be joined together in Fellowship

We will live the printed words as one
The spirit, the ideals, the meanings
We will cherish every new friendship
Every new beginning, forestall the endings

As time moves forward
We come closer and closer
To a party long expected
And forever cherished

The months will pass
Day into night, night into day
Winter snows will melt and
give way to Spring's beginnings

The heat of summer will bring us
into the Autumn's clear nights
the days will begin to shorten
and then the time will be upon us

Gather we will under beechen boughs
Beneath leaves of red and gold
To share our common interests in
Hobbits, Elves, Wizards, and evil rings

What will we find there?
Will it be friendship, unlooked-for?
Maybe the courage to do
Things of which we have only dreamed

Who can say where the paths
Will lead us beyond that day
Shall we go back to our old lives?
Or move forward, into a new one

***********





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How wonderful! Very precognitive of you, as the psychics say. You have anticipated what happened beautifully and the wording is rich and alive.

And I LOVE "Gather we will under beechen boughs" -- very very bardic!

Oh, this is wonderful. We have ourselves a real literary salon onscreen.

Looking forward to more from you and other brave but poetic souls.

Namarie,
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Posted: Nov 10 2008, 01:39 AM


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Thank you, once again, Constance. Praise from the praiseworthy, as I saw Gandalf say once, is indeed fulfilling.

I have many other things I have written over the years, but most of them have nothing to do with the Party. Manyh of them deal with emotional turmoil, as it is usually how I deal with such storms of the mind and heart.
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As I read all the poetry and the thoughts of everyone if you were beside me you would hear my contented sigh. It just brings the ALEP memories and good times back to mind and my heart. My daughter's wedding was very emotional for me as well as my husband. She was the last fledgling to leave the nest. She and her beloved wrote their own vows and they were simple but full of love. The vows from the wedding book she choked up on and cried but got control when her mom said go on honey you can do it. She was so graceful and the love on her face when she looked at my new son was inspiring. They went to a cabin in the hills of Arkansas for the honeymoon and the reception was great and to all from ALEP that I told I wanted to dance and my knees would not let me. Quess what? I danced at my daughter's reception. Amazing what a little wine will do. :wine: So that is it in a nutshell and I am excited about the calendar and just excited that I will see you all again. :faramireowyn:
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Rose!
You're a Bramblerose!
and you dance dance dance
and you dance dance dance!
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HOBBIT HAIKU

Ninety nine bottles
of beer on the wall, ninety
nine bottles of beer


:rosie:

unabashedly stolen from The Kids in the Hall
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QUOTE (Rosie_Cotton @ Nov 10 2008, 12:02 AM)
Rose!
You're a Bramblerose!
and you dance dance dance
and you dance dance dance!

Rosie, you are so bad! :lol: :lol: :lol: now I'm going to have that dratty little video in my head all day.

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Take one down
And pass it around....

Too right, Rosie! Maybe I'll stop on my way home for a bit of pumpkin ale....

It sounds like the wedding went well, Bramblerose. How marvelous that you got to dance at the reception! That was surely a day for you to cherish!

I'm looking forward to the first glimpse of the calendar, Frodo. It sounds like a work of wonderful art, with the photos and poetry and the carefully planned format. Eowyn and Constance have both turned out some fine verse, and the photos I've seen will suit quite well to remind us of all the wonderful times we shared in the Kentucky Shire. You can bet I'll be ordering one.

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:hobbit computer: Thank you for the compliment. Am still turning out more. Look today or tomorrow for another poem burst about costumes and the true face of the soul. :)
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It's interesting to realize that when I read ShireScholar's poetry, I actually hear her voice. Lovely.
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Alchemy was wonderful. And I think very true. While dressed in our otherworldly attire, our true forms appear. I think many, if not most of us, probably agree with that sentiment. Thank you for sharing this latest piece.

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Oh yes, I always felt that our Ďcostumesí reveal more than they conceal. For myself, I am at least three people, and Gandalf is one of them (and my favorite). I never feel Iím in costume when Iím Gandalf ~ itís not unlike going to work and dressing appropriately.
I feel much more foolish when Iím at work or on a business trip because, if it were not for money, I wouldnít do it at all. I dress as a wizard because I wish to and it means a great deal to me for reasons I do not understand fully or cannot put into words.
Bearing this in mind, you can imagine how much ALEP meant to me; seeing others who share the same passion and feeling a sense of belonging and peace, which is what we all seek in one form or another.
Great poems! They will keep these memories alive for this and other generations.

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So how come I can't find this burst????? :unsure: It sounds great!

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Posted: Nov 15 2008, 12:46 PM


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It's in the first post of this thread, the first poem. And yes, it is great!
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oh! thanks, Melilot. I thought it was in day order and couldn't find a burst anywhere. didn't think to look back there.

It is lovely.

-Dora Took (often told she doesn't look like she's wearing a costume, mostly because she sees them as 'clothes') :hobbit lass: :sewing:
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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Nov 14 2008, 02:04 AM)

Great poems! They will keep these memories alive for this and other generations.

:G rune:

Thank you so much for such kind thoughts, young Master Gandalf, as Treebeard would say. :lol: I hope that all the little bursts of poetry hold memory and meaning and maybe some magic. Or does that trespass on your side of the street?

And to all others who offer an occassional comment, many thanks.

Hope that all enjoy the latest burst about our river cruise -- which I am off to do now by editing my original posting place, as usual. :)

Love to all,
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Posted: Nov 17 2008, 02:10 AM


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I don't know which one I like best!

They are all wonderful and evoke such lovely memories. Thank you, thank you, thank you! for sharing them with us!


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And thank you for your kind attention to my work. I should say that yes, I am sharing these poem bursts of memory with you (all of ALEP), but I am also writing them for you!
My gift to you for having me as a special guest! :wub:

:book:
Joy,
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QUOTE
Perhaps someone has a photo that captured that wonderful dappled quality that came through -- particularly striking in the late afternoon on Thursday when we had the meet and greet before dinner.

Best,
Constance / ShireScholar
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(Posted Image)

Undomiel has some lovely pictures of that dappled light in the barn.

Gandalf, Undomiel, and Kate

Hobbits

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Thank you so much for direction to all the lovely imagery. A great way to revist!
Best,
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Posted: Dec 1 2008, 01:14 AM


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Those poem bursts just get better and better! :)

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(Posted Image)

I don't who took this pic, but it certainly fits the poem. Great job on both!

Full size:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gandalf_the_g...521621/sizes/l/

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I am in the middle of Exam hell (giving, not taking), so to hear kind words and to see a luverly picture appropriate to the latest poem burst is a great and good gift.

Many thanks!
Shire Scholar (one tired Writing Program Director)
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P.S. -- I will see what else bursts forth. there are many stray phrases about our Long Goodbye and some about nightfall and I am not sure. Tired tired tired :moon:
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Much luck to you with all the exams. I am sure your students are feeling similar stress. I work at a University so understand about "exam time".

I look forward to your future poetic bursts. They have been much appreciated and a lovely way to recall wonderful memories of ALEP.

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ShireScholar, sorry about the stress and from sitting on both sides taking and giving tests I can understand your stress. But your poem burst have helped me so much as far as reliving that precious time at Our Shire thank you so much and hang in there exams don't last forever .:)

Hello Forestchild how are you doing?
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Well, I have a small spell here I conjured up for Arwen...while it is not proper poetry; still, it gives spell-casting a bit of flair:

Ring of power! Staff of might!
Bring low the clouds that block the light!
Stir winds that set the snow to flight!
Take what was green and make it white!


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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Dec 2 2008, 04:34 PM)
Well, I have a small spell here I conjured up for Arwen...while it is not proper poetry; still, it gives spell-casting a bit of flair:

Ring of power! Staff of might!
Bring low the clouds that block the light!
Stir winds that set the snow to flight!
Take what was green and make it white!


:G rune:

Gandalf, I thought of Mother Nature's tale about the year that almost didn't have winter.

One thing is for sure about this year, there winter is here early.
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I think Gandalf's :lotr_gandalf: winter spell worked very well here in the Northeast. 19 degrees with wind chill at 6 frosty degrees. BRRRR We had a sprinkling of crystally snow the other night, but like fairy light and magic, with dayrise, it was gone.

Over this past weekend, another poem burst about the first sight of the Party site :calendar: made its appearance. It needs a little tweaking, though, but should be in my block o'verse in the first posting in the Poet's Corner soon. B)

Happy Holidays!
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I think Gandalf's  :lotr_gandalf: winter spell worked very well here in the Northeast. 19 degrees with wind chill at 6 frosty degrees. BRRRR We had a sprinkling of crystally snow the other night

Ahhhh... that also explains our early snow. A wizard is to blame thank.
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Such brilliant talents!

My dear ShireScholar, your bursts are breathtaking! Very evocative words which conjure up a host of images each time they are read. Many, many thanks!

And of course, Gandalf the Grey would give us pure magic with his blend of beautiful photo images and honeyed words!

Sweet whiteladyeowyn, thank you so very much for trusting us with your poetry. You seem to have an amazing gift for words, but I know how very hard it is to step out of the shadows and into the light. You have done a very brave thing and deserve our praise!

Also, since you have been so daring, I thought I might also venture a poem. This was not specifically written about ALEP, but was written as a result of having become friends with some incredible people after standing in line at another LOTR event and I think it speaks to how so many of us feel now, after all the wonderful folks we met in Kentucky.

Chance Encounter?

Sweet serendipity weaves through our days,
Changing our lives in small gentle ways,
The path not taken, the train just missed,
The secret love we never kissed,
The moment lost that changes all
That builds us up, or sees us fall,
Split seconds of time that turn and spin,
That cast us adrift or draw us in.
An unknown stranger, standing in line,
Destined to be a friend of mine,
What force brought us to that place;
That perfect instant in time and space?
Did the stars conspire to bring us there;
Knowing we'd have tales to share?
Was it fate or merely chance,
That caused this joyous happenstance?
There is no sure way to truly know,
Just how our lives are meant to flow,
Are we leaves tossed by the winds of change?
Simple pawns for the fates to rearrange?
Whatever the truth may be I don't care,
I am only glad I was standing there,
At that moment when we first met,
Simple travellers; not friends yet,
But whirled by serendipity into place,
Each with a smile and a hopeful face,
Not knowing yet what lay in store;
A future of laughter and much more,
Of mirth doubled and pain divided,
Of jokes told and secrets confided.
We'll never know how it came to be,
That I'd see you and you'd see me,
At the perfect time, on the perfect day,
To start a friendship on its way,
So all that's left to say, is this,
It's a chance I'm glad I didn't miss.
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Happy New Year to Poets in all of Middle-earth! I have 3 new poem bursts to post but not so much time at this moment, being not the speediest typist. :lol:

However, I will provide "spoilers" -- B) :
one is about Nightfall; another about the general ambiance of the Shire; and the third commemorates "One for the Road".

Hope all enjoy the rest of the holiday season. Christmas has 12 days; New Year's Eve is a'comin'; and the Yule log is still burning brightly in all Hobbit hearths -- and hearts! :fireplace:


A merry and a happy!
Joy!
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Everon I loved your poem thank you for sharing. Have a fun but safe New Years Eve. Happy New Year everyone. :bell:
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My dear Everon Gamgee,
A lovely meditation on the anticipation of friendship! Lots of good imagery and a delightful cadence for reading aloud.

Do you have any ALEP specific pieces? I loved reading Whitelady Eowyn's work as it recreated the pulse of place the Shire had. It would be fun to see some of yours as well.

Happy New Year!
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Dear Bramblerose; Many thanks for your kind comments, I am so glad I dared to share. Wishing you (and everyone) a very Happy New Year and hoping this year brings you everything you need and most of what you want! :P



Dear Shire Scholar; I hesitated to even post one of my poor poems, since you and the lovely WhiteLady Eowyn shine forth as such bright talents. Please keep adding your lovely "bursts" as they are so brilliantly precise in conjuring the wonderful moments of our days in Middle Earth.

Your praise is more appreciated than I can convey and more kind than I deserve, I'm sure. :wub: Of course the days of ALEP led to a few scribbles on my part and since you were sweet enough to ask, I'll brave one more.

As background I will say that we arrived fairly late on Thursday and as we made our way to the Grange, I was quickly caught up in the web of where we REALLY were;

First Night

Frogs' song and gravel's crunch,
the night bird's haunting call,
As twilight dwindles down to night,
we approach the waiting hall,
Now some may see a weathered barn;
a silo gaunt and tall.

But we with eyes to see the truth
know what it is we spy,
Dark Orthanc black against the night,
looming there on high,
And golden Meduseld, its doors flung wide,
where hope and comfort lie.

And then we are surrounded,
by laughter and by light,
A bard whose winsome songs,
drive back the fear of night,
Scribing the circle of Fellowship,
that binds us all so tight.
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Posted: Jan 1 2009, 02:10 AM


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My dear Everon:

Never, ever fear to share your poems with us. Yours are quite lovely! Such wonderful visual memories you bring back for me.

And - though you know it not - this latest poem from you may prove to be prophetic in the future.

Thank you for sharing your two poems so far with us, and I hope you share more.

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Hello Everon,

That poem is very good, may I use it for the calendar?


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Oh, my dear Lady Eowyn,

Many thanks for your kind praise, it is to you that I owe my courage. So very glad that you find my verse pleasing, but oh, how you tease and tantalize with your hints for the future!!! :o You give me both courage and hope.


Hello to you dear Frodo,

It is a great joy to even be considered for such a high honour. My words are yours to do with as you please. :wub:



:MPfireworks: I hope that everyone has had a fine New Year's Eve celebration (each according to their own pleasure & traditions) :beer: and that each day brings you more happiness than the one before! :bilbo smoke:

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Everon I knew you would be excited about Frodo's request but you do deserve it you know. You do write wonderfully and yes isn't that curious about what whiteladyeowyn gave hints to you about your poem and it being prophetic. Curious very curious. :eowyn: :village: :Palantir:
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Everon,

Regarding your poem "First Night" :

Very lovely and really evocative of what it was like to stand outside and watch the light and warmth spill out into the dusky dark in welcome!

Happy New Year!

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Dear Bramblerose,
How very sweet you are; I am very pleased that you like what I have done & quite excited by Frodo's kind proposal, but isn't the real excitement trying to figure out just what our "tricksy" shield maiden has up her chain-maille sleeve (besides her arm of course! :P )


Dear Shire Scholar,
Please keep your lovely poetic "bursts" coming (I think I like the newest ones best of all... so far ;) ) and many thanks for your encouragement!
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Well, I have deciphered enough of my chicken-scratch scribbling to brave one more small post. :P

I know you will recognize the setting; I know it is one I will never forget!

Mad Baggins Party

Whirl and twirl; dip and swirl,
See each Hobbit boy and girl,
Dancing, prancing, soul enhancing,
Even our Wizard finds it entrancing,
Pipe and drum and giggles abound,
The dancers circle round and round,
Turn to your lady; turn to your gent,
Laugh and dance until you're spent,
Make a bridge; duck and dive,
Feel your hearts come alive,
Lights above in the Party Tree,
Shine your freedom down on me,
Dear old Bilbo's eleventy-one,
And we'll not stop 'til night is done.

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Mad Baggins Party, indeed! If you'll allow me to cross-pollinate my literary references, may I say that for some reason, the Party as seen through your poem made me think that there was probably a Cheshire Cat grinning in the Party Tree that night.

Did any Hobbits or Elves (Elves more likely) happen to spy one at any point?
:lol:

Very energetic poem! Yay!

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You know, it just hit me that you can sing Elvensong (One More for the Road) to the tune of The Road Goes Ever On .. with only just a little bit of rhythmic tweaking here and there. Completely unintentional on my part but it IS funny how these things work out subconsciously. Really! Try it. (I know you want to!) :rolleyes:

I'm in my office at the college right now singing it. :lol:

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Oh, Squire Scholar, how I love the image of you singing away in your college office! :P If you keep that up they'll be comparing you the the mad Bagginses in no time.

You know, I have always loved the Cheshire Cat! The thought of him grinning down on the lovely, wild romp of a field full of Hobbits is quite charming! I don't suppose that Lewis Carroll would mind loaning him to us for such an event :rolleyes:

:pen & paper:

Well, over the weekend I managed to translate (from my own crappy handwriting) the last two wee poems that I scribbled in my note book while at ALEP, so I thought I'd just drop them here and hope they bring a smile or two.

The first was jotted down very late on Friday night and speaks to what an amazing day it was:

We Lucky Few

From the wonderful tales of old,
steps the ranger brave and bold.
Elves drift there, between the trees,
'midst blue cornflowers and buzzing bees.
A shield maid's armour catches the light;
my eyes can barely grasp the sight,
of Halflings calling greetings out,
as they drift freely all about.
A wizard wanders on the road alone;
a kingly man seeks a long lost throne.
Bards sing and play their tunes;
a scholar gives voice to ancient runes.
Now, have we stepped into the tale,
that will ever leave our old world pale.


And the last was written on the Monday morning, after I had taken the last few photos and said the last farewells;

Conjuring

Morning mist enshroud, enshrine,
this tiny Shire of yours and mine.
Wrap it round in beads of dew,
so like the tears of we chosen few;
as we bid our sweet farewell,
to each lovely hill & hidden dell.
Keep it safe until next we meet,
as we drift away, at peace, replete.
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Oh, what can I say but bravo those two poems are perfect . They express what I was feeling. Thank you Everon and all who bring back good memories of the Shire with your words. :lotr_gandalf: :legolas: :aragorn: :hobbit lass: :ranger: :bilbo: :bag end:
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These were WONDERFUL! :)

I particularly like the last one although I can't articulate why... I envied those of you who could stay into Monday. Having to leave Sunday afternoon felt like an amputation!

The next time (and I'm holding onto my belief that there WILL be a next time) I am going to make sure that I am there from the first moment to the last, including the morning after it's "officially" over.

I know it sounds like a conversion story, but going to ALEP has changed my life. it's given me new friends, a deeper appreciation of the tales I've loved for more than 35 years, and a sense that in this wicked, painful world, there is still a place where kindred hearts may come together to share fellowship and joy, and carry inspiration with them back into the lands beyond the Shire.

When I feel as if I am in deep despair,
Trudging through the Dead Marshes vile,
I think of the Shire and my friends most fair;
It lifts my heart and guarantees a smile.

HUGS!
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Everon
What beautiful poems! They definitely capture the spirit of our days in the shire :bilbo smoke: ALEP will always have a very special place in my memories and I too look forward to making more the next time we gather :grouphug: ~Kate
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Ahh, dear ladies you make a poor old Hobbit blush :wub: with your kind praise. It certainly was a time that loaned itself to poetry. I am so very pleased if my wee scribblings help to recall those halcyon days. :rolleyes:

I most heartily agree with Rhyselle, that this was a life changing event. How could any of us not be altered by the beauty of the surroundings, the sweetness and good fellowship of all those we met and the sense of peace and harmony that prevailed throughout? :bilbo smoke:

Your verse is so appealing, Rhyselle, since there are days when the Dead Marshes lie before us all. How good it is to know that there truly is a Shire to go home to if only in our hearts. (for now!) Please write us some more! :pen & paper: :)

- Everon

PS: Rhyselle, I'm so glad to see that you are so familiar with the song from which came my name! :P
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Just wanted to add my own groat's worth of wit about poems lately added here by Everon Gamgee. Very spot on and evocative!

Would add more but I am recuperating from an injury. I fell on icy steps -- and well, let's put it this way: I didn't stick the landing on the dismount. I am a very bruised and battered Hobbit/Elf/ (Which costume am I wearing today?)! Arms not broken but pretty bruised and swollen. :blink:
Ow, :(
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But I really enjoyed the poems!
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Posted: Jan 17 2009, 05:19 PM


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ShireScholar ,I am so sorry about your fall and I wish you a speedy recovery and healing. :mortar & pestle
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Still ooching and ouching from my fall. Fingers hurt too. Makes me feel sympathy for our dear Mr. Frodo and his unfortunate finger problem. :rolleyes:

Thanks to all for your good wishes for my recovery. Nothing broken but very technicolor and tender bruising in a variety of interesting places.

Am thinking about adding another poem to the mix if one bursts :lightning: upon me about panels and sharing of insight. We'll see what happens while I continue to ooch and ouch.

Meanwhile, maybe a tankard :tankard:
of cocoa is in order on this cold, cold, icy day.
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Well, the judge from Italy gave you a 7.5 for the landing, but the Australian judge was impressed by the show you put on with the fall that she gave you a 9.5! :lol:

Sending healing prayers, aloe, and chicken soup (because there's nothing chicken soup can't help!)

:pipe: Perhaps a puff from Gandalf's pipe might help. He swears there's only pipeweed in the bowl but sometimes I think the Wizard "doth protest too much". ;)

(nah...I've seen him smoke on many occasions. It's only the Shire's finest)
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Rosie you are a nut and if Shire Scholar is laughing as much as I am she is probably ouching from laughing. But laughter is good for the soul. Hey how is your diet? :icon medieval:
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Thanks Bramble! :) I'm still holding at a 20 pound loss.
Or the weight of a table laden with Second Breakfast in Hobbit terms! :lol:
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Rosie,
Nice to know that I can score points for style! BTW, Boo-boo is improving. :)
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How are you coming along dear ShireScholar? :hobbit computer: I hope that you are mending well and less "colourful" than before. :P

We look forward to yet more beautiful "bursts" once you are healed. Meanwhile good thoughts are sent your way! :rolleyes:

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Colorful boo-boo is less colorful and feels (to quote our favorite Hobbit) "better than it was".

I look forward to more poetry by you as well. :)

Not yet bursting,

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Oh, Shire Scholar, I do hope you are being careful out there, so as to have no more unplanned flying dismounts and that the old boo-boo is healing up nicely by now. ;)

In the midst of yet another snowfall here in the Great White Northern Shire last Saturday, I paused to arrange some photos from our wonderful party. While gazing longingly at the beautiful rolling country side we saw on our hay wagon ride to the party field a silly little line or two came to me. :rolleyes:

So I scribbled them down and they grew into an even sillier wee poem. :lol:

I hope it brings a small smile and a WARM happy memory to mind.


Hay-ho, Away We Go!

Rumble and trundle and bump us along,
Each Hobbit and Elf filled with mirth and with song,
Bouncing and flouncing, all up and down,
But with smiles and with laughter; never a frown!

Big bundles of hay on old rustic wagons,
Carry us on to good food and full flagons,
Down long winding roads, we go with no fear,
Borne along briskly by an affable deere!


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Brava! I especially like "affable deere"!

Am currently walking carefully so as not to add more colorful boo-boos to my collection of unintentional "body art".

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Everon, my dear Hobbit, I love your Hay Ho, Away we go!

Such great humor and fun and excitement it evokes.

Well done :)
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Dear Shire Scholar, it is good to know that you are exercising due caution, even if it does render you somewhat less colourful. ;) I'm glad you like my "affable deere" it is rather puny, but so silly that I couldn't resist :lol:

Dear Eowyn, as always your words are kind and gladden the heart of an old Hobbit. I hope it gave you a warm smile in all this cold weather. :P

Now dear ladies, more of your verses please! :pen & paper:
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Posted: Feb 6 2009, 01:57 AM


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:wub: I just love all of everyone's poetry! :wub:
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Everon, I love your new poem! :)

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can go to Gatlinburg next March for additional inspiration, but now I just found out that my daughter needs a few thousand dollars of orthodontia, and that's going to put paid to a lot of things for fun for a year or two. *pout*

Shire Scholar, I hope that the bruises fade quickly!

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Bruises mostly gone. Just a little sensitive in spots. Thanks for your concern. :)

I am currently niggling with a line or two of another poem burst -- this one about panels and why we love them.

My original intent for all the poem bursts was to recreate in verse the experience of ALEP. I hope all feel that it is working out that way to some degree. :feedback:

But meanwhile, all best!
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Posted: Feb 28 2009, 03:12 PM


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QUOTE (ShireScholar @ Feb 23 2009, 11:28 AM)
My original intent for all the poem bursts was to recreate in verse the experience of ALEP. I hope all feel that it is working out that way to some degree.

Oh, ShireScholar, never fear that your bursts are not working -- They are! They are! In fact, I'm hoping that someday a fine young hobbit or two will combine them with party photos and offer them for sale (or for a charitable contribution) so I and other hobbits still in ALEP-withdrawal may browse and relive those happy times for many years to come.
:book:
No pressure, of course! ;)

But, seriously -- your bursts -- and every other poetic contribution to this thread! -- are remarkable, and I look forward to reading more! :pen & paper:

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Oh please, dear ShireScholar, do give us more bursts. After all as every Hobbit knows, one can never have too much of a good thing. :P
Besides it has been a long winter and a new wee ALEP reminder would be a lovely touch just now. :fireplace: :pen & paper: :teacup:

Hoping all is well with you now - Everon
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I am struggling with snow (mounds of it) and mixed metaphors. I do have a new poem burst but there is one line that refuses to co-operate. I am hoping that the Muse will be generous and provide me with a workable image so I can post it. The Working title is Communion and it is about panels and passionate discussion. :book:

Right now, I need a blazing hearth! :fireplace:

Snowy dreams,
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Dear ShireScholar,

How goes the battle with "Communion"? I have every faith that you wil find just the right turn of phrase and win the day!

Meanwhile I find I must apologize, for I just realized that I have inadvertently stolen the title from one of your earlier "bursts". :( I have found myself still writing some ALEP memories and one about the river trip was of course inevitable. However, having just read over all of your "bursts" I was rather stunned to see I had committed a touch of plagiarism. :blink:

I offer humble apologies, but sumit it for your review anyway; it seems that this lovely voyage conjured similar visions. :wub:


River of Dreams

Swirl along blue, green water,
bear us away down a river of dreams,
For we have seen magic spring to life;
we know life can be more than it seems,
Each silver ripple and eddy and whirl,
speaks to the hungry heart,
And gives a gift of pure pleasure,
before we must all drift apart,
Show us the endless bounty,
that lies along your dark shore,
Carry us into the wilds now,
to see what was missed before;
Show us the joy of a blue sky,
with a hawk wheeling wild and free,
Display in all of it's grandeur,
the bright gown of each lovely tree,
Wrap us in peace and in beauty,
as you ferry us across distance and time,
Accept from our humble lips,
great thanks for a journey sublime.

- Everon
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Lovely poetry, everyone, just lovely....... :grouphug:
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Oh thanks for the memories of ALEP and they are brought back to mind so sweetly when I read the poems. :pen & paper: :hobbit lass red:
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Thanks for the kudos and encouragement! :) I am happy to report that I have at long last fixed the one stray line that kept escaping me in my poem burst about panels. Of course, it was like pulling a thread on a tapestry -- and much came undone :lol: ... but I think the burst is finally happy with itself. I will post it tonight or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Erin go bragh!

Rhyme tyme,
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Hello, hello! Happy Spring -- although it is snowing in the NYC area this vernal equinox morn. Go figure. :lol:

I am very tired but happy to report that a new poem burst is up and running on my endlessly growing collection at the top of this thread. I am also happy to report that I spent last night making considerable progress on my book (an expansion of the paper I presented at ALEP on Frodo as sacrificial hero). In fact, I need to get back to that now and also need to prepare for tomorrow's presentation at LunaCon: The Lure of the Ring.

Should be fun but wish me luck and the good fortune to find a techno Hobbit to help with the DVD clips for show and tell! ;)

All best,
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Good luck with tomorrow's presentation.

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The newest burst brings me back to the first day's panel with all our "guests" who would soon become members of our fellowship. Thank you! :)

Hope your presentation goes smoothly, although, perhaps you should seek out a techno-wizard instead. :lotr_gandalf: :lol:

Also, very happy to hear that your book is going well; may the muse continue to grace your door. :green_door:

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Needless to say, we did not make it to LunaCon. Just as well, as I'm feeling rather blah and slightly unwell today. Sounds like I'll see you at Dragon*Con! Hope you're having a good time in Rye Brook!!

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ShireScholar, I'm waiting to hear when you'll be publishing your book of ALEP bursts. May I make a preorder for one now?
:book:
Love the new poem (loved all of them, every one and everyone's); keep 'em coming! Yes.
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Everyone don't forget today is Tolkien reading day. I am watching a documentary tonight entitled Inside Tolkien's The Hobbit and reading some from LOTR. Have a good day. :book:
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:lol: This one may not be new to some friends from facebook, but I thought I would share it here as well;

Listen

Listen very closely and you just may hear,
Something wondrous slowly drawing near,
Not with horns blaring or drums that pound,
Not with stomping feet that shake the ground,
Just the whisper of bare feet across the grass,
A hint of gentle laughter as they softly pass,
A line of elves and hobbits; a wizard in grey,
Winding down the dusty road from far away,
Seldom are their likes seen wandering the byways,
For theirs have long been hidden and shy ways,
But if you watch closely and stay quite still,
You may see them returning over the hill,
You'll see their eyes shining; faces alight,
Lit from within with peace and delight,
For they know they are bound to gather again,
The only uncertainty is where and when?


Hoping Spring is bursting forth joyfully for everyone! - Everon :P
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How delightful! It reminds me of our walk back up the hill from the boat ride on our River of Dreams! (And I think it is synchronicity that we have titled our river poems the same. :lol: )

And a bit of writing news here: some may know that I did an extensive interview in January 2008 with the wonderful actors playing Frodo, Sam , and Gollum in the London stage production of LOTR. These same young men had played the parts beautifully in Toronto as well and I am told that some of you may have seen that production when you went to The Gathering. I saw it in July of that year.

Well, my article was meant as literary criticism in that it deals with how the show manages to honor Tolkien and also fulfill Tolkien's requirements for creating a sense of numinousness in the telling. It also explores the copncept of the Sacred in storytelling.

Excuse me for the long-winded intro but now I come to the heart of the matter. The piece (enitled ARRESTING STRANGENESS: Fantasy Fulfilled in The Lord of the Rings Onstage ) will be appearing in Issue # 3 of Silver Leaves, a beautiful journal out of Canada. :book:

And I herewith wish to thank our Lady Arwen (she of the blue gown -- mostly -- during ALEP days : ALEP : ) for the contact and for her support with this. :aakiss: (And this is the only Arwen icon I could find! :) )

All honor to her.
I am told that the issue should come out in the winter months. Now I am very low tech when it comes to posting links, but I will try:

http://www.whitetreefund.org/silver_leaves.html

Hope that works! This week-end I am working on my book :book: -- a full-length version of the arguments I presented in the paper I gave at ALEP.

Okay, I am, like the Road, going on and on.... Do I need a Map :map: to get out of here?

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I can't wait to read it thank you for the link. :pen & paper:
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Everon: Your poem brought a tear to my eye -- I want to be back in the Shire! :walking hobbit:

ShireScholar: Yay! More books! :book: Be sure to post up a link once your book is published..

... and I am looking forward to seeing the Silver Leaves material, too. I am only now getting acquainted with Silver Leaves, and so far it is fantastic! :lembas:
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You know, I'm not sure if Silver Leaves posts the full journal on line or only in paper. I'll have to find out. The link I posted was for general info, I think.

Okie dokie. Must get back to crafting final exams.

Everyone -- keep bursting out in poems! We need them for our hearts and souls!
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I post this to once again thank Professor Drout for reading Beowulf in the Great Hall and to let us all relive the magic of that night...


Book-A-Minute: Beowulf

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pattibaggins
Posted: Jun 8 2009, 04:41 PM


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Read the ultra-condensed Beowulf, Rosie; :huh: I think they left out a lot of the good bits, but this is fun. Thanks, to you and to Prof. Drout. I definitely liked his version better! :P

Patti
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ShireScholar
Posted: Jun 9 2009, 05:03 PM


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I LOVED the mini-Beowulf! :lol:

Right now I am working on placement exams for the upcoming fall semester. No rest for the wicked :gollum: in academia. :P

However, I am also working on some new poems and my book. :book: Wish me luck!

Hope all are well!

Joy to you,
Shire Scholar
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pattibaggins
Posted: Aug 24 2009, 06:33 PM


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Hi, Shire Scholar (and everyone else who still checks into these pages now and then)! I am so glad to hear you are working away on your book. Like so many others, I am looking forward to hearing the publication info when it gets to be that time. Your talk last fall (Has it really been that long?) was interesting, and thought-provoking, and quite wonderful, and I have enjoyed the poems you've shared with us here very much. I am looking forward to getting the book when it is available, because I know it will be worthwhile. I hope your fall classes go well, and the students love attending them, because that will certainly make them better for you, too. :book:

I've reached the stage in writing my own book, Mrs. Underhill's Cookery, where I have to consider the technical matters like fonts, margins, paging and indexing, formatting the layout for the printer, colour values for the (black and white) illustrations (yikes!), and all that good stuff. And my very next step is getting legal advice, since Houghton Mifflin has not yet answered my repeated inquiries about permission-to-publish, after almost a year and a half. Even though this is a cookbook, and everything in it is properly attributed to source materials where they have been used, and it is as much a work of scholarly research (with a lengthy article on Hobbits and food) as it is a collection of recipes, it is still inspired by and based on Tolkien's works, and I don't want to step on any legal/copyright toes. Fortunately, one of my husband's associates has a friend who specializes in copyright law, so with luck he won't charge too much for a consultation. I don't want to have to wait another 2 or 3 years to publish, since some folks have been waiting for a long time already, and frankly, I want to finish the work and get it out to them. So I can really appreciate all the time and effort that you are putting into the publication of your own writing, which is far more serious than mine. :pen & paper:

My preoccupation with Hobbit cookery led me to joke rather perversely with my husband about a poor road-kill deer we saw on our way home last night. He remarked, "Look! Venison! Should I stop and pick it up?" And I told him, "No. Clearly, it wasn't a Ranger or a Hobbit that killed the poor beast, because it hasn't been properly gutted and hung. It would probably be tough, and taste awful." I must admit, I am SO glad we don't have to kill and butcher our own meat!

Peace,

Patti
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Posted: Aug 27 2009, 03:06 PM


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WOW! I never knew it took so long or was so much detail in getting a book published. Why not hire some monks and they can hand-scribe each issue for you? Might take less time. :lol:


Laughing at the venison comment too!
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Posted: Aug 31 2009, 05:35 PM


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Those monks might turn out a very pretty book, and it IS tempting, but....

I suspect that these days it doesn't always take so long to publish a book when you do it yourself, Rosie. The real delay is the permissions, and that can get pretty complicated, what with all the folks involved in the copyright now. There's the Tolkien Estate, of course, but also the publishers have a stake in it, especially with printed material, and the studio owns a piece of it, too, because of the movies. Warner Brothers can be real bears from all I've seen, even going after some fan sites because they didn't clear the use of a name with them first. So I really don't want to take any chances! The fines are huge, I've heard they can be over a quarter of a million dollars for a single unapproved usage, and they can even send you to jail. No thank you! I'll wait, even if it makes me gnash my teeth in frustration! All the other details are manageable, and can be worked out in a matter of months or even weeks. But securing the needed permission to publish is essential. I do have a working plan now to try at least to expedite that, so with luck I may hear something on that front in the next 2 or 3 months (which is very rapid work, I'm told, for the big publishing houses). I will let you know if and when I hear anything.

Patti

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Posted: Sep 21 2009, 08:55 PM


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In view of Gandalf's recent announcement I thought I'd share a bit of scribbling that my friends who are also on Facebook will recognize, but which might garner a smile or two.

Back Again

A tiny beacon has been lit,
And hope kindled by its light,
For another sun-filled day,
Another dark, star-dusted night.
Ah, to see a Wizard wandering,
With Hobbits in his wake,
Or to watch an Elvish warrior,
Is a sight few would forsake.
It fills the heart with longing,
That runs both deep and true,
It flows into the very soul;
Moves you through and through.
It's like hearing distant music,
That speaks to the heart of home,
A light and lilting lyric,
That calls, "Come back and do not roam".
In far off corners of the world,
I know kindred souls can hear it too,
And they will travel far and wide,
To be among the chosen few.
A Wizard, a maiden and Hobbits,
Have set in motion the great wheel,
And all the hearts now bound to them,
Will gladly answer their appeal.
We'll come to tread the green fields,
And to walk the dusty roads,
We'll muster our companions,
And help them bear their loads,
Yes, all will heed the beacon,
Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves and Men.
For those who have once found peace,
Will gladly want to go back again.

~ Everon ;)
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