Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy Birthday, JRR

107 years ago in Bloemfontein, South Africa, JRR Tolkien was born.

I like LOTR much better than The Hobbit, to be honest, and I enjoy the poetry collections and like to browse the Silmarillon... I read the novel yearly, and have it in several translations - I particularly like the Ukrainian translation I have.

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the dead wood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?

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