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January 3, 2003

Combining two of this weblog’s recent preoccupations, today is J. R. R. Tolkien’s “eleventy-first” birthday. Those who stopped reading The Fellowship of the Ring because they couldn’t get past the mildly twee description of Bilbo’s birthday party can bail out here. After all, we don’t know half of them half as well as we should like, and we like less than half of them half as well as we deserve… [12:24 AM]
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Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2003, 08:09 AM:

...Since plainly, Uncle Bilbo had said all that needed to be said.

bryan ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2003, 11:15 AM:

I wonder how Moorcock will use this in his infantile Tolkien argument.

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2003, 05:07 PM:

Garrison Kiellor read a nice birthday tribute to Tolkien on his "Reader's Almanac" show today. Didn't mention that it was the old man's 111th, though.

My father, a retired English teacher who decided JRRT was hopeless churner-outer of juvenalia after reading a chapter of _The Hobbit_ 30 years ago, sat through all of "The Two Towers" without getting up to take a leak or dozing off. And then gleefully took in hours of making-of material on the DVD I lent the folks for the holidays. I think he'd credit Jackson rather than Tolkien, though.

Dominik ::: (view all by) ::: January 03, 2003, 08:17 PM:

It's also 243,495 days, or exactly two thirds of a millennium, since Petrarch's ascent of Ventoux on 26 April 1336 in the Julian calendar.

Graydon ::: (view all by) ::: January 04, 2003, 03:15 AM:

I'm not at all sure one can properly drink a toast in vanilla soda, but one hopes that they are not fussy about these things in the Great Beyond.