How will you measure up?
Bread rather than jam.
‘There is plenty of material here: canvas, wood, waterproof paint.’ – ‘My picture!’ exclaimed Niggle.
Are you all packed and ready?
‘He climbed the ladder, and began to paint. He had just begun to get into it again, when there came a knock on the door.’
If you are looking for something to read in a meditative way during the next 40 days, try Tolkien’s ‘Leaf by Niggle’.
Have we forgotten, or do we just habitually underestimate the power of song?
Little Princess Mee is a Hobbit poem that was among those written in the margins of the Red Book of Westmarch.
Here’s a more scholarly way of expressing how (and why) Tolkien saw himself as a discoverer of legends rather than an inventor of stories.
Tuor happens to be my favorite among Tolkien’s characters. He was born in the wake of battle, both in Middle-Earth and in France.