There and Back Again-Tolkien Tidbits

 “The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read it.” 
        – The London Times in their original review of the Rings novels

Our website pays tribute to the ideas of many wise souls, but the most prominent of these will of course be Tolkien, whose fantasy of a perfect home sparked the inspiration for recording this blog about our quest to create one of our own.

J.R.R. Tolkien is the fantasy author who created the character Elrond Half-elven and described his home in the magical valley of Rivendell as the “Last Homely House.”  In his books, this home was a last refuge of light and safety in a harsh, darkening world.  It was a haven of rest, a sheltered environment where life flowed in a sustainable harmony and the land was continuously renewed.

 “That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all’. Merely to be there was a cure for weariness, fear, and sadness.” — The Fellowship of the Ring, by Tolkien

If you have never read Tolkien, please waste no more time reading this silly blog and go pick up any of his works instead.  If you have read his works in the past but find that you haven’t visited hobbits in more than a year, my advice to you is the same.  If you simply insist on reading something outside of Middle-earth, or if all those hobbit feasts have your mouth watering for some tasty recipes, then by all means stay here in our homely house and rest awhile.



One Response to There and Back Again-Tolkien Tidbits

  1. When I think of our home (and our dreams about it), I also am reminded of something I quoted when I proposed to you (a short time before I sprained my ankle as I recall).

    “I have a dream,” he said slowly. “I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends — and YOU!” – Gilbert Blythe speaking to Anne Shirley in the book Anne of the Island

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