Happy Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday 2019!

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Happy Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday once again! Christ, in the LotR-verse in my head, this year Frodo turns 94 if I’m adding right. (Bilbo passed away some time ago.) For the first time in a while, I have actually had Middle-earth in my head around this time of year, and I’ve missed it.

The other day, the family watched the Rankin/Bass Hobbit, which I will adore till I die, based largely on how it is emblazoned into my neural pathways from repeated exposure at three. This time around I was watching it while stuffing folders for a work project, which means I actually saw very little and mostly listened. This strongly replicated my original experience of listening to it on record, years before we got it on video tape. It really increased my nostalgia. However, I now realize that part of the reason I had trouble understanding the poetry as a little kid is that John Huston reads it with no inflection whatsoever. Oh well, he still achieves the amazing feat of being a believable Gandalf despite an American accent. Good times.

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Arwen Spicer
Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer

Arwen Spicer is a science fiction writer and writing teacher raised in the San Fransciso Bay Area, and Northern California will hold her heart forever, even if it turns into a desert. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on ecology in utopian science fiction and is an educator on the concept of workable utopias. Her novel The Hour before Morning was hailed as “A carefully paced, rewarding sci-fi debut” by Kirkus Indie.

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