A Toast to J.R.R. Tolkien on his 120th Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the man who wrote the first book that ever completely captivated me. Through his writing, I was able to see life itself as a summons to a great adventure. They say that evil characters are always more interesting than good characters, but Tolkien proved them wrong and made his good characters the fascinating ones. He showed that the good, the true and the beautiful are many-splendored and worth fighting for. People say Lord Of The Rings is not literature and is a glorified comic-book. I would beg to differ and contend that it rests alongside The Odyssey, The Divine Comedy, The Iliad, Paradise Lost, and the like. The dangerous beauty that Tolkien so masterfully describes pierces the heart and feeds the soul. To read Tolkien is to literally travel to some of the most breath-taking places while not escaping reality in the slightest. Tolkien’s fantasy is not escapist; it faces the darkness of the world and defeats it. We come back to our world with eyes that see things with a deeper clarity and hearts strengthened to fight the good fight. It’s been decades since Tolkien stepped into the Great Adventure beyond this mortal coil and so I raise my glass of Starbucks Christmas Blend in his memory and celebrate him turning 120. May we all live to be so forever young. To Tolkien!

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~ by shardsofeternity on January 3, 2012.

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