Posted by: didyouseethis | January 3, 2010


J. R. R. Tolkien
Happy Eleventy-eighth Birthday!

From the Tolkien Society:

“On the 3rd January 1892 JRR Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author.

The toast is “The Professor”.

For those unfamiliar with British toast-drinking ceremonies:

To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words ‘The Professor’ before taking a sip (or swig, if that’s more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink.”

(There’s a disclaimer about responsible consuming of alcoholic beverages…blah blah blah. ) The toasts are to be made at 9 p.m. whatever your local time…or beverage.

I have a stack of books I received for Christmas (and a few I bought for myself) that I’m antsy to get into….but it’s been a year or so since I opened the trilogy…I think I will indulge myself with another reading of the Professor.

“I wish the ring had never come to me…I wish none of this had happened.”

“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 to us.”




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