September 22 is the shared birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, protagonists of J.R.R.Tolkien’s masterpieces The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
September 29 is the date that Bilbo and Frodo went with the elves into the West, leaving Middle Earth forever. “...and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew, and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth; and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore glimmered and was lost.”
Pardon me while I sniff and dab at my eyes. There’s a reason, over and beyond the bittersweet fall of the year, why I always feel a delicious melancholy in September. It’s this story. It’s The Story
I first read The Lord of the Rings in my teens, more than a few years ago, and wanted nothing more than to forsake the suburban streets of Ohio and crawl through the pages into Middle Earth. I remember writing a poem of typical teen angst, ending "Rohan, Rohan, the clear sound of the horns in the dawn!" [Read more...]