Wednesday, April 23, 2014

So much more than the Letter T

Character T on the dice: Letter on the cube
Krysztof (Kriss) Szkurlatowski
Here we are at the Letter T!  Only six or seven letters to go!

What to do is always the big question...after all the dictionary is mighty big, and ever increasing.

The Letter T is for
J. R. R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend
Tolkien, J. R. R.

A man of literary renown!  I fear, however, that the current generation will say, "Yeah, dude.  I saw the movies" without ever having opened the pages of Tolkien's amazing books.  

Before you head off to check another blog, I will post one of Tolkien's poems,

"Roads Go Ever On and On".

Roads go ever on and on,
     Over rock and under tree,
By caves where sun has never shone;
     Over snow by winter sown,
 And through the merry flowers of June,
     Over grass and over stone,
 And under mountains in the moon.

So much more than just a movie.  His writing is the creation of a world, language, people....


  1. I think that's the first time I've ever read one of his poems.

  2. I was going to say I haven't read any of his poems and was probably one of the few people ever who hadn't, but Alex said the same, so I was not alone. :)

  3. yah Dude...I read the book

  4. I've opened the books many times. The movies, never. I've quoted that poem. One granddaughter gave the books a try. I think she wound up listening to my recorded books, and those also are a magnificent trip through the prose, just listening to the sounds of the words. I could go on and on...
    Fabulous pick for T.

  5. I read the books, but dude I saw the movies too lol

  6. You know I'm a reader, but I must confess to never having read is book. I will add them to my book bucket list. But, dude, I did see the movies.....

  7. Sorry, it's a bit early, I meant to say "read his books"

  8. I'd never read this poem before. Wonderful.

  9. Dear Susan, I confess that I saw the movies and yet never read the books. I wasn't into fantasy as a young adult nor after I left the convent. It was only in my fifties that I read the Narnia series and then later I become totally engrossed in the world of Harry Potter. Perhaps with this encouragement you've given--poetry always encourages me!--I will now begin to read Tolkien. It's time. Peace.

  10. This poetry is extraordinary! Visiting back from the A-Z. ♥

  11. Great mind which spawned so many characters rodo, Bilbo, Smaug, Sauron and the Hobbit. Hang on wasn't the hobbit Leonard Nimoys song?

  12. Yay for Tolkien (who featured on another A to Z). And books. I haven't seen the LOTR movies but have read and reread several of his books (not just LOTR). And am awed. I mourn the Entwives though.

  13. Tolkien's Middle Earth is my idea of heaven.

  14. I read the books many years ago and also saw the movies. I had never read this poem before. Very expressive.

  15. My darling T, has read the books. She loved all of them and enjoys the movies (though does point out the differences). It was quite an achievement for her as she's dyslexic and it did take her a while to do it when she was younger. No one for her beats him, not even the creator of 'Game of Thrones' which she adores.

  16. Hi Susan,

    Talking about Tolkien. Of course, I've mentioned this before. Tolkien did indeed get some of his inspiration for Middle-earth by observing the locals in the town of Leek. That's why I moved to Leek and I see what he meant :)

    And the dude what a poet and now I know it.

    Thank you, Susan.


  17. I agree Susan. When you watch a movie, you're at the mercy of someone's interpretation, the pictures in my mind, after reading theses are much more vivid.

  18. I'm so ashamed. I one of those who only saw the movies. And I didn't even see all of those. They're so long.

    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

  19. I'm assuming many of your readers are also authors. We authors always read!

  20. I don't believe I've ever read any Tolkien, I know there are six of his stories on my kindle, I just haven't got to them yet.

  21. A heck of a writer. I've read him many years ago, but can't say I knew of his poems. Thanks for writing this. Now I know a lot more.

  22. I didn't know he had written poetry.

  23. My LOTR books are falling apart, but if I replace them the covers will reflect the movies, and not be the same story to me thereafter.



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