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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Welcome May 10 2011

Welcome, Emmie Overtown.
The name Overtown brings Underhill to mind, but that would lead us far astray in The Lord of the Rings theory and nomenclature... I think Frodo in The Fellowship went by the pseudonym Mr. Underhill.

It does not matter. What matters is the Fast. Everybody remembers the poems, but then they forget the second pillar of this blog: the fast one day per week. It's all rather simple once you get used to it, although there is a cumbrous lot of canonical laws relating to which days to fast and whether the sick or pregnant (!?) may be excused. There even is a section on forced feeding of poetry to recalcitrant children... all very medieval.... reminds me of those German Easter decorations where jazzy rabbits in zoot suits are pulling fast ones on little chicks, making them cry!! Nothing quite like German Easter decorations. Scary. We saved one for years where Jasper the Urban Rabbit is abusing a brace of cute baby chicks who are pulling a wagon with all their might, teamed to the wagon with harsh looking bits in their tiny beaks!  Really appalling stuff for tykes. However, when I was a mere child, we used to have one of those Germanic comix where the Scissors Man went around cutting off the thumbs of children who sucked their thumbs: two strikes and you're out!

Enough of that. Brrr! Depart, Memory!!


Ben said...

What is your favourite part of the Lord of the Rings, Montag? I like Fellowship of the Ring the best, and within that my favourite scenes would be the hobbits just departing from the Shire and the first haunting encounter with the black rider. A sense of gloom...


Montag said...

"The Fellowship of the Ring" is by far the best. I remember reading it in May or April of 1964; I was enthralled by it.

The other volumes sounded more like ancient sagas and eddas, but The Fellowship was a great read.

And my favorite characters were Tom Bombadil and Goldberry...
I often think of them when musing about the disappearance of forests.

Since we all humanize God, that is pretty much how I picture God: a merry and devoted Husbandman. (" Father is the husbandman".)