This day in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, to Mable Suffield and Arthur Reuel Tolkien. His father’s name would be the name J.R.R. would become famous under some 60 years later, but his heart was in the ancestral home of the Suffield’s in England’s West Midlands. Mabel and Belladonna
Open wide the door, friends: The New Year is knocking.
Blessed are the legend-makers with their rhyme / of things not found within recorded time.
A Martyr born in our defence, /
Can man forget the story?
An old favorite, learned by heart long ago.
‘Tis a perilous realm, indeed, the Realm of Faerie.
‘I cannot come!’ they heard her cry. / ‘I was born Earth’s daughter!’
The word ‘poetry’ also derives from the Greek ‘poiein’, which has the same meaning as the Sanskrit root ‘kri’, whence comes ‘karma’.
November is a good time to ponder things. Memento mori.
‘What’s your favorite color?’ – ‘October.’