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Sat May 14, 2022, 08:05 AM

A little Tolkien:

"I wish it need not have happened in my time,Ē said Frodo.
ďSo do I,Ē said Gandalf, ďand so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.Ē

Yup.

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Atticus Saturday OP
piddyprints Saturday #1
speak easy Saturday #5
2naSalit Saturday #2
yardwork Saturday #3
Magoo48 Saturday #4
Wounded Bear Saturday #6
FailureToCommunicate Saturday #7
paleotn Saturday #9
Phoenix61 Saturday #8
KPN Saturday #10
FoxNewsSucks Saturday #11
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LetMyPeopleVote Sunday #13
Patton French Sunday #14

Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 08:45 AM

1. I'm listening to it now.

Iíve read it several times before and decided to try the audio version, read by Andy Serkis. Itís fabulous!

Anyway, I just hear that passage yesterday and thought the same thing: Yup.

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Response to piddyprints (Reply #1)

Sat May 14, 2022, 09:42 AM

5. Precious!

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 08:46 AM

2. K&R

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 09:38 AM

3. Written from the depths of his despair serving in WWI.

I often think of that passage. Tolkien knew from first hand experience what it was like to survive hell on earth.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 09:41 AM

4. I've always loved that bit.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 09:46 AM

6. K & R...Tolkien buried quite a bit of wisdom in those books...nt

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 10:09 AM

7. Hard won wisdom from Tolkien's time in the dead marshes of hell...

The Somme.

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #7)

Sat May 14, 2022, 10:34 AM

9. He had a lot of material to work from.

His generation was also subject to the ancient, Chinese curse....may you live in "interesting" times.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 10:25 AM

8. I've always loved The Hobbit

I read it the first time when I was in 7th grade and thought it was a great fantasy story. Iíve read it several times over the years and always get a little more out of it. I think thatís what makes him such a great writer, thereís all those layers woven together.

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sat May 14, 2022, 10:38 AM

10. Ah, Tolkein! What a find Atticus. I just had a discussion last night with one of my kids about

the "dark times" we are living in and how we as individuals must, could or will cope with them . So it felt really good reading this the very first thing this morning. That truly is all that we have to do -- "decide what to do with the time that is given us". It "is not for them to decide". As individuals, we all have the ability to decide.

The question is what will we decide to do with the time we each have. My kid is actually thinking of and actually looking into emigrating. I can't say that I blame him.

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Response to KPN (Reply #10)

Sat May 14, 2022, 10:48 AM

11. I don't blame him either.

If there was a way I could go to Canada or New Zealand I wouldn't hesitate.

Fascism likely won't overtake Canada nearly as soon as here, and the weather won't be unbearably hot. Actually, from a standpoint of politics and weather, Finland looks pretty damn good too.

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Response to FoxNewsSucks (Reply #11)

Sat May 14, 2022, 10:52 AM

12. Right?!

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sun May 15, 2022, 07:43 AM

13. K&R

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Response to Atticus (Original post)

Sun May 15, 2022, 08:20 AM

14. A brilliant writer

Who had a gift for framing good versus evil. And he made up an entire language!

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