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Just so you know:
Thank you! I actually forgot until people started wishing me happy b'day. Haha. That's typical me.
Happy Birthday!
Thank you! From "old" to working my way through "olde". Soon I will be ancient.
Wishing you a ..
Happy Birthday...too..
Hope you have a good day..
:0)
Thank you! I hope so. It's Thursday, so I don't have to work. That's a good start.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - You're welcome! Enjoy the rest of your day!
Phil! Congrats on your progress towards Ancienthood!
Happiest Birthday Hon! Congrats on moving closer to Olde...
Thank you all! Yes, Ancienthood. I hope it brings more wisdom, like the Three-Eyed Raven or something. Or maybe the Old Ones that the American Indians believe exist. Or Gandalf, which has been my rune mark since I was a teen. As human civilization becomes more and more complex, we need all need all the wisdom we can get.
Just promise you'll eat us last.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - Speaking of a raven, have you heard Steven Wilson's album The Raven That Refused To Sing? I need to pull that one out of the archives for sure. I too am a Tolkien fan.
Yes, I've been a fan since the 1960s, when I first read The Hobbit and LotR. I absolutely adore it. I've probably read the series at least 40 times. The Three-Eyed Raven is something from Game of Thrones. LotR is the ultimate escapist fiction for me. I can let it completely absorb me and take me completely out of daily reality.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - It's been ages since I've read the books. I should buy the ebooks. I actually had brief correspondence with Christopher Tolkien years ago. I didn't realize that he died in January 2020, but he had a pretty full life.
Yeah, he gave us The Silmarillion, which is worth its weight in gold if you are a fan of Tolkien's mythology.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - I have yet to read that one. My reading of books is very sporadic. I need to change that as I own several that I have yet to read.
Ah, well, if you are a fan of the Hobbit and/or LotR, you NEEEED to real the Silmarilion. Like right now. 😉

'Nuf said.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) what about the Russian book: the last ringbearer... it tells the story from saurons perspective.. not a tolkien work though but interesting..nice to see the world from other perspectives 😁
It's a pretty big-ass book and very dense. I think you'll be thrilled with what you've learned when you reach the end of it. Lots of questions that come up in LotR are answered. And the book begins with the "creation myth", just like Genesis. You'll learn who the Valar are. The Valar are actual gods, and you'll learn all about Morgoth, who is one of the Valar. And you'll learn who and what Sauron is. And the story of Beren and Luthien is in there.

Anyway, I could go on and on for hours, so I won't. Hah. Besides, Tolkien tells the stories far better than I could.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) - I'll definitely get to it. I was trying to remember. Is it created from unfinished manuscripts that Christopher Tolkien pieced together? I seem to remember it being something like that.
Yes. In the process of creating Middle Earth and working on stories, he developed a whole creation myth. From the beginning through the First and Second Ages is all documented. LotR takes place late in the Third Age. All those mysterious references in LotR to Valinor, and the Silmarils, the Trees, lots more, is all covered in detail.

Christopher carefully assembled all of that into a more or less contiguous story. There are other published books, too, with stories from those times. He kept them separate lest The Silmarillion become too large.
@Phil Landmeier (ᚠ) There was a Strongbad Flash game called Peasant's Quest which was predictably silly. If you "won" the game you were praised with the message "your Valor has been recognized by the Valar". I kind of think that the whole game was created just to set up that pun.
Hahaha. Probably. Game designers are like that.