This is so strange, I was just holding
the Ring on its chain and thinking of how you gave it to me and I had a
thought that in some way having it brings us all closer together, for
although we are always just a click away, going over to America and
Canada just forced on me the sheer distance, and also cultural
differences that sometimes separate us. And yet we overcome those by
our shared love of this book and the films made from it.
thanks again Fredo for your gift, it was so kind and so spontaneous,
truly valued. I was pondering the wisdom of wearing it to work
tomorrow, braving the orc hordes. Wink
Thanks too for a great evening, I never laughed so much. Meeting you
was very important, as I missed Bravehobbit and King Lamoni and his
spectacular rigout. We could have compared chain mail knitting notes.
It was all made possible by the kindness of Delphinium Took, (Dianna)
who put me up in her beautiful house. It has Ithilien at the end of the
garden, and we took a long walk in it before the mosquitoes discovered
the delights of White Irish Flesh.
Thanks for your kind words about my outfit, and my filmed interview
revealing the secrets of my handiwork Razz I kept shedding bits of my
ensemble on the museum floor and had a retinue of small boys who asked
things like 'Are you Faramir?' It was worth doing it, though, except
for the boiling heat and the exhibition guards, who were not amused, or
amusing. But getting asked to pose with people was a blast.
Like you, I thought during the evening that this is what the feeling of
the board at its best was closest to, having fun with friends obsessed
with the same thing as you, like Bonnie and Sarahstitcher and Fan
Forever and Dianna. There were people there who post more to Torn and
Torc, and it was nice to meet them, but meeting Sarah and you was the
high point of it all.... Wink
Thanks again Fredo and all who were there....
I hope you both got home safely, and that the pictures all come out (bites nails)
I was watching "The Lone Ranger"
with my family - the first time I've seen it since I was 3 or 4. So
we're watching it, and we get to a part where Tonto walks up to talk to
the Lone Ranger. It was the first time I'd really gotten a good look at
his face, and I exclaimed,"Good heavens, he looks like Orlando Bloom!
My sister (a tad bit of an Orli fan herself) looked over at me and says,"Un-huh...'Whoo-hoo'???"
I scrunched up in my chair, looking abashed. I put my hands over my
mouth...whoops. But he did kind of look like Legolas. Must have been
the chiseled-looking face, or summat....
(Also, for the record, I like Mr. Bloom in LOTR, but I'm not really an
"Orli fan". It was just weird seeing someone with a face like Legolas
in a Western.)
There is a local university down the street from
my house that I pass everyday. This week they have a sign up at the
auditorium for play they are doing called "Riders in the Sky" and
everytime I pass it all I envision are the Nasgul riding on the winged
beasts.....not sure if that is an ME moment or not, but that is where
my mind goes when I see it......can't wait for ROTK extended version.
I'm taking Western Civilization in college right
now and we were talking about ancient England and their laws and how
they named their cities, burroughs, and their counties, Shires....this
was first time I had learned that info and made me think of the Shire
and it's green-ness and the hobbits who live there. And made me
understand a little of where Tolkien probably got the name the Shire
from, I'm guessing anyway......
The Six Nations Moot......formerly known as the Mithril Boot Moot
Last Thursday my sis and me had the pleasure to meet Lithilien
Quicksilver in London. And being ringers of course we formed a
fellowship at once, with Varda, Arwen75, Avondster and Rogorn (yay, a
Time for us was short as we had to leave for Ireland the same evening,
but the few hours we had were great, and again, like often before, we
noticed how easy it is to connect with other ringers.
On leaving we recognized that this indeed was "Ringers United", as
between us we represented 6 nations: American, Irish, Dutch, English,
Spanish and German.
Could the spirit of Tolkien's books work any better than to bring
together so many different people from so many different countries, in
peace and friendship?
I left early for work this morning, knowing that the fog was going to
snarl traffic even worse than usual. *Not to mention the mental fog I
was still in trying to wake up* The sun was rising and the blue sky was
beautiful over the hill where I live. Driving down the hill, I caught
my breath as the surrounding emerald foothills, valley, and sky were
still veiled in a curtain of billowing shrouds of mist reaching up to
touch a brilliant blue sky just before me. Without even realizing it I
" the grey rain-curtain turned all to silver glass and was rolled back,
and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a
And for a sureal moment one could believe Middle Earth had become reality at last.
What a marvelous way to start ones day.
As many of you know it is Balloon Fiesta
time here in Albuquerque NM . Have I mentioned it's the largest hot air
balloon fest. in the world ? O.K. so maybe I mentioned it a few times.
Well some of the hot air balloons are fun shapes , there's a witch , a
stagecoach , Noah's ark and many many more . My favourite one of all is
Smaug !! I giant red dragon balloon and yes his name is really Smaug
Ooooh ! Aahhhh!!
- Empress JuJu
On the way home from work yesterday I passed a sign on a building that
said "Under New Management, Greenleaf Enterprises". I didn't know
Legolas was into real estate!
This past Sunday my friends and I went to a Jacksonville Jaguar game
(at which the home team was victorious!), and on our way home we
usually take the game shuttle bus to keep from spending $20 on a
parking spot. On the bus I noticed the woman sitting across from me had
a leaf design tattoed on her ankle. Looking closer, I noticed it was
just like the Lorien brooches the fellowship receive. Below were
letters that I were pretty sure were Elvish. After summoning enough
courage to talk to her, I asked if it was elvish writing. She smiled at
me and told me yes, it was indeed the Tengwar and it spelled out
"Aragorn". The woman sitting next to her rolled up her pants leg and
showed us her identical tattoo, except it said "Legolas Greenleaf"
below instead (which would have been my personal choice. Very Happy )
But I thought it was cool because even tho I seriously doubt I will
ever get a tattoo, if I did I would get a Lorien leaf design on my anke
with my name in the Tengwar.
I don't know exactly what qualifies as an ME moment...
(but it was fun making this encounter sound dramatic )
The Real Fellowship of The Ring
They are out there you know...waiting to be discovered; fellow ringers.
You never know if one is sitting beside you on the train, although I
have a badge with Legolas on it so I am pretty much given away.
Today in the shop a regular customer, a professor of linguistics, asked
me had I been away as he had not seen me for a while. I said I had been
to two Lord of The Rings conventions in two weeks.
'Oh! how nice..' he said.
'Well, yes..' I replied 'except for Ryanair mangling my sword and bow'
'Why did you not put an Elvish spell of protection on them?' he asked
in a matter-of-fact way. An interested queue was beginning to form
behind him at my checkout.
'I wasn't a Elf' I replied 'I was Beren, sort of dressing like Faramir...'
'Well you are a High Numenorean, that is close enough to the Elves' he said thoughtfully.
'Maybe' I conceded. 'But not powerful enough to protect against Manchester airport baggage handling...'
'Ah yes' he said with a faraway look in his eyes.
'The arm of Sauron has grown long....'
By now the queue were looking at each other and wondering if they
should put back their mousetraps and dishcloths and drain cleaner and
quietly sneak out of the shop, as they were obviously in the presence
of seriously strange folk. The prof and I exchanged a conspiratorial
The Tolkien Secret Society. Or not so secret...should we perfect a secret handshake?
I have been very surprised at places where I have found other secret
"Tolkienites." Once I was browsing in a very expensive shop, where on
my salary I had no business being in! The sales woman had a very frosty
tone in her voice when she asked is she could help me with anything.
Translation: What on earth are you doing in here. Confused
When I turned around she saw my "Gandalf for President" button on the
label of my coat. She laughed and said he would definitely be an
improvement over the current choices.
Long story short, this woman in the Chanel suit, perfect hair carefully
styled, etc... had a ten minute conversation with me about the wonders
of Tolkiens work.
There are more of us out there then we will ever know. Gives me hope!
First you have to understand that the only door into my house is in the
kitchen, so we often have leaves and twigs on the floor. We move them
off to the side and go on about our businness.
Well, about a year ago when my daughter was about 3 months old, she
woke up hungry around 2 am. So I went into the kitchen with her to fix
a bottle. As I stepped down, I felt something under my foot, so I
looked down to move it out of the way. There was no need to, however,
because it was ALREADY MOVING! It was a tarantula, about 4 inches or
so. I raced back to the bedroom to wake my husband and put Anna safely
back in her crib.
We looked for about half an hour for that spider and couldn't find it.
It finally occured to us that it had probably crawled up into a long
jacket that was hanging off the back of a chair and brushing the floor.
We knew we needed to check, but my husband had had enough and perched
on a chair across the room. I crawled up on my own chair and grabbed
the nearest object to use to lift the jacket off the chair and see if
the spider was there. It was, so I used the object to drag the jacket
out the door (I don't like spiders near me, especially large ones, but
I have a much greater aversion to killing them).
I didn't realize in the excitement what I had grabbed until I put it back.
It was Sting.
I had bought it several years earlier and it was hanging on the wall
within reach of where I had been standing. I must say that when I
bought it I never expected to 'use' it, especially not on a spider.
Well named sword, that!
today I saw the tree of gondor-
it sound strange I know..but every day I drive the same road to my work and back..
it's evening and almost everyday very misty..
at one side of the road you will see some trees..
some together and some a little bit further.
well..I was driving to my work at 16.40 p.m and
I looked at the tres..but the tres were from that view all in one line and I thought : THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!!
what was what I saw? a big tree..the white tree from gondor!!
the same tree that was the symbol on pippin and aragorn's clothes!!
I thought: oh..my god!! gondor exist!! it is there!!
because of the mist the trees looked like one big tree..
what a must beautiful surprise!!
it was my personal christmas greeting from gondor..
maybe to tell you that somehow..middle-earth exist??