Happy Downfall of Sauron Day, 2023

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Happy Downfall of Sauron Day! This is the 43rd anniversary in the great crossover ‘verse in my head. I’m quite sure it’s also the first DS Day I have experienced on which it has snowed, yes, snow in Portland, March 25. This year I’m missing my trip to California, which is usually a DS Day ritual. This leaves me feeling a bit disconnected and slightly incoherent.

One thing of recent Tolkien interest to me was watching a YouTube compilation of his video interviews, in which, among other things, he asserted that for daily purposes, English food was the best. This stuck with me because it’s not very often one hears that. I have been thinking of Tolkien recently, though, while pondering local food movements. I think local cuisine for a temperate region would be very much like he describes the hobbits eating. Imagine no sugar, coffee, or chocolate, yet hobbits manage to feast just fine. Gives us all hope.

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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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