…Half Mitt Romney, Half Barack Hussein Rider of Rohan…

You can get me that tweed jacket for Christmas, dear reader, and post it to WordPress.com…

“Halflings!” laughed the Rider that stood beside Éomer. “Halflings! But they are only a little people in old songs and children’s tales out of the North. Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?”

“A man may do both,” said Aragorn. “For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time. The green earth, say you? That is a mighty matter of legend, though you tread it under the light of day!”

“Time is pressing,” said the Rider, not heeding Aragorn. “We must hasten south, lord. Let us leave these wild folk to their fancies. Or let us bind them and take them to the king.”

–“The Riders of Rohan”: J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers.


We’re all medievalists now.

And you thought reading CNN.com was worthwhile… Come, dear reader, help me strengthen my resolve in these last days to ignore the news, which is never new but it’s sad, and let’s get our nonsense from this half Mitt Romney, half Barack Hussein Rider of Rohan, who wants either to leave these wild folk to their fancies, or bind them and take them to the king.

And this is tied with the best thing I read today, also by Tolkien:

I will not walk with your progressive apes,
erect and sapient. Before them gapes
the dark abyss to which their progress tends
if by God’s mercy progress ever ends,
and does not ceaselessly revolve the same
unfruitful course with changing of a name.
I will not treat your dusty path and flat,
denoting this and that by this and that,
your world immutable wherein no part
the little maker has with maker’s art.
I bow not yet before the Iron Crown,
nor cast my own small golden sceptre down.

…from “Mythopoeia” J.R.R. Tolkien, written after a conversation in which C.S. Lewis questioned the value of myth-making for truth-seeking, which is of course the reason why we’re all here.

Thanks, dear reader, should you ever find me, for being my gadfly. And I really mean it this time. Without you I might lose such passages as these.


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Philologist, historian, and lover of great books, I started this blog to keep myself alert to the beauty of what I see amid the demands of my work.
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