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Birthday Toast to J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tolkien Society

Posted on 01/03/2014 5:37:19 PM PST by muleskinner

2014 birthday toast On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world were invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author 21:00 (9 pm) your local time.

The toast is "The Professor".

For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies:

To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words 'The Professor' before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: 122birthday; lotr; thehobbit; tolkien

1 posted on 01/03/2014 5:37:19 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: muleskinner

Done!


2 posted on 01/03/2014 5:40:03 PM PST by resistance (abandon all hope and rational thought, become a democrat)
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To: muleskinner

Lord of the Rings — one of the finest tales ever told.
Have read it 2 times and planning a third. Find something new each time I read it -— :-)


3 posted on 01/03/2014 5:40:13 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: muleskinner

4 posted on 01/03/2014 5:40:58 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: EagleUSA

It won’t stop at the third time through, or even the fourth.


5 posted on 01/03/2014 5:42:09 PM PST by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: muleskinner

Done! And I love all the works of this genius.


6 posted on 01/03/2014 5:42:10 PM PST by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: muleskinner

Salut! BTT


7 posted on 01/03/2014 5:43:15 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: EagleUSA

I discovered Lord of the Rings in 1975 and have read it twice a year every since (personal ritual). And like you, I discover something new every time I read it.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 5:44:21 PM PST by doc1019
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To: muleskinner

Some 18 yr Glenlivet


9 posted on 01/03/2014 5:47:01 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: EagleUSA

I’ve read it about 25 times.


10 posted on 01/03/2014 5:47:31 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: muleskinner

Thank you for that. The man was a genius. Love his work.


11 posted on 01/03/2014 5:49:42 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: muleskinner

“The Professor”


12 posted on 01/03/2014 5:50:16 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: muleskinner

Gene Wolfe wrote an awesome Tolkien essay a while ago. I guess he wrote Tolkien in the 60’s and Tolkien wrote back, pretty cool stuff.

http://www.thenightland.co.uk/MYWEB/wolfemountains.html

Freegards


13 posted on 01/03/2014 5:50:44 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: muleskinner

14 posted on 01/03/2014 5:52:10 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: muleskinner

“The Professor” and if i may: “The Inklings” as well.

woe to Britain. if only they had paid some heed to their truely wise men.


15 posted on 01/03/2014 5:56:42 PM PST by dadfly
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To: Ransomed

Great essay. Thanks for posting the link.


16 posted on 01/03/2014 6:00:53 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

No problemo, Wolfe is the best living writer of speculative fiction in my opinion. Conservative, Christian, Korean war vet, helped invent the machine that makes Pringles. So it follows that his Tolkien essay rocks, heck he has poetry by Robert E Howard in the thing.

Freegards


17 posted on 01/03/2014 6:11:25 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: driftdiver
The Professor thanks all you who so honor his memory.

Come 9 o'the clock P.S.T. it's 16 yr Lagavulin in his honor.

18 posted on 01/03/2014 6:17:17 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: muleskinner
My late godparents gifted me with a copy of The Hobbit when I was still in grade school over 45 years ago. Their gift the year before was Misty of Chincoteague.

My 20 year old son at this moment is upstairs in the family room reading The Silmarillon. His head has been in the book 4-5 hours a day over Christmas break. Last night, the entire family, minus me, watched Return of the King on Blu-Ray. I was in the basement watching O'Reilly. Yeah, I know I need help...

I'm not as hard-core as some fans, but it sure seems apparent to me that Tolkien's work truly has stood the test of time.

19 posted on 01/03/2014 6:28:35 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: muleskinner

OK...I may have to read Lord of the Rings now....


20 posted on 01/03/2014 6:32:34 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: muleskinner; Zionist Conspirator; GraceG


21 posted on 01/03/2014 6:41:31 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: muleskinner
The price of gold sure has increased since Tolkien's Day!!


22 posted on 01/03/2014 7:03:35 PM PST by Bon of Babble (Don't want to brag...but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!!)
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To: muleskinner

Read the Hobbit and the Trilogy when I was about 25 years old. Thought it was a wonderfully written fantasy. Read it again about 5 years later, only this time as a classic “good vs, evil” in a broader sense. THAT’S when I “got it”.


23 posted on 01/03/2014 7:22:10 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Ransomed

Thank you so much for the link to one of the best articles I have read.


24 posted on 01/03/2014 8:54:33 PM PST by FlyingEagle
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To: FlyingEagle

Glad you enjoyed it.

Freegards


25 posted on 01/04/2014 5:58:54 AM PST by Ransomed
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