Thursday, September 28, 2006

Verse and Quote of the Day

Okay. Blogger's officially a punk. I started a post this morning and realized that I wasn't going to have enough time to finish. I tried to save it as a draft so as to edit later. Often when I try to post or save something I get a dialog that "The document contains no data." Sometimes after I okay that message I see that it did whatever I was wanting it to anyway. Nevertheless, I always check to make sure it did it. It appeared to have saved the draft (probably because today's post title is the same as yesterday's, mayhaps the punkitude is not all Blogger's) but didn't. So I'm reposting. If anyone knows anything about that dialog box, let me know so I don't have to explore Help or Google it.

Verse of the Day:
"All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations." Psalm 145:10-13a (ESV)
I chose this verse in honor of Ann's comments to my 9/19 post.

Quote of the day:
"'I don't think, Mr. Frodo, that he's done much writing while we've been away. He won't ever write our story now.'
At that Bilbo opened an eye, almost as if he had heard. Then he roused himself. 'You see, I am getting so sleepy,' he said. 'And when I have time to write, I only really like writing poetry. I wonder, Frodo my dear fellow, if you would very much mind tidying things up a bit before you go? Collect all my notes and papers, and my diary too, and take them with you, if you will. You see, I haven't much time for the selection and arrangement and all that. Get Sam to help, and when you've knocked things into shape, come back, and I'll run over it. I won't be too critical.'" J.R.R. Tolkien The Return of the King

I've been meaning to post about this passage since sometime in the summer when I was listening to The Lord of the Rings on CD. I was reminded of it, and another which will be another post, when I listened to the BBC Dramatized Adaptation of LotR on my trip to Tennessee over Labor Day. I find this one of the most poignant passages, among many, in the Return of the King. The Hobbits are on their way home from the quest and spend some time in Rivendell visiting Bilbo. There they discover just what Sam observes and Bilbo confirms, despite all his plans and work the old Hobbit just can't put the material together. He doesn't have the energy. I don't know when this scene was written but I believe the whole of the LotR was complete by 1948 though it took another 6 years to get published. What I find touching is that this is almost a description of what would be the case for Tolkien himself. He spent his whole life working on the Silmarillion but never completed it and had to leave it to his son to collect and edit his notes into something coherent and publishable. There were people who came and spent time with him trying to help him get the notes together but his life's work was never completed. He had already seen some of this, if his story "Leaf by Niggle," written around 1938, is any indication. But there's something in Frodo and Sam's farewell scene with Bilbo that makes it clearer and sadder, as if Tolkien says, "This will be me."

5 comments:

Jenn Hacker said...

Wow! Three days in a row! I'm so proud of you. To what do you owe this tremendous desire to blog?

That's so sad about Tolkien. Didn't I read that his son is getting ready to publish one of the "back stories" to LotR that his father never finished? I'm thinking I read something about it within the last month.

Everett said...

There was something in the news about Christopher Tolkien publishing a version of the Lay of the Children of Hurin. Of the Silmarillion stories that's probably the one that was the most developed by the time his father died. It's mentioned in The Fellowship of the Ring as the longest of the surviving tales of the first age. If memory serves, it's the longest of the inclusions in Unfinished Tales of Numenor and Middle Earth. An early version is one of the two main entries in The Lays of Beleriand. I'm curious how much more there can be that hasn't already been released or if this is just a packaging of the different versions in one place. It's a great story.

Everett said...

I actually like blogging and my time at the office has been slightly better managed allowing blogging opportunities. Also I'm getting tired of carrying a copy of RotK everywhere so I had to get the Tolkien quotes out. Hopefully there will be one tomorrow. 4 days. I hope nobody faints.

Geron said...

one of the things i showed lydia how to do is post from an email. blogger sets up a unique email address, and anything you send it gets posted. it makes asaving drafts easier. look undder the email tab in settings.

Jenn Hacker said...

You've only got about 2.5 hours left to make somebody faint, better get bloggin'!

I'm cheeeeeeeeeeesssssssssin. It's been a good day.