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Life lessons from Tolkien

From Kristen McQuinn at Book Riot: LIFE LESSONS FROM TOLKIEN

I missed it when this post came out, but I’m willing to declare March 25th Middle Earth Day.

Happy March, friends. I like to call it Middle Earth March. I specifically look forward to March 25th each year. In the Tolkienverse, it’s the Gondorian New Year, the day Sauron fell, the One Ring was destroyed, and the beginning of the Fourth Age of Gondor. It’s often celebrated as Tolkien Reading Day, the theme of which this year is “Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a hobbit.”

Second breakfast does spring to mind as a delightful way of being a hobbit.

McQuinn makes lots of good points in this post, all drawn from Tolkien quotes:

“DARKNESS MUST PASS. A NEW DAY WILL COME. AND WHEN THE SUN SHINES, IT WILL SHINE OUT THE CLEARER.”
Be hopeful. Do you know the unimaginable shit Tolkien endured in his life? He was put through the wringer and still managed to believe that everything isn’t just hopeless bullshit. I don’t think he could have written an epic about good triumphing over evil without a large element of hope living in him.

Click through and read the whole thing if you have a minute. Maybe next year I’ll remember to make March 25th Tolkien day as well.

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