Happy Birthday, Bilbo and Frodo!
Today is the literary birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, per
J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". And many of us will be attending
celebrations of this event and of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien in
general today or during this next week.
Lorraine and I wanted to extend our well-wishes for all travelers
to A Long-Expected Party in Shaker Village, Kentucky (see
http://www.alongexpectedparty.org ) and to Oxonmoot, 2008
(see http://www.tolkiensociety.org/oxon/2008/Info.html ). We will
be attending the former, but know of countless folk attending
the latter or other regional celebrations.
We will raise a glass or two in acknowledgment of all of the great
friends we have met n the Tolkien community worldwide this year.
We will also be toasting the memory of some who are no longer with
us, but who remain always in our hearts and memories, especially