book: the road goes ever on and on

Dear Tolkien

Once upon a time when I was in an abyss of loneliness,
I saw nothing in the world but hatred and darkness.
Even when I stay in a house, I couldn’t call it my home.
I consider the world as a vast desert for me to roam. 

When I see a book of a golden ring,
I took it in.
I get to meet little Frodo,
his mischievous cousins, his loyal friend and his uncle Bilbo.
He ventured to a quest
following the road that goes ever on and on
and they never seemed to stop and rest
like me.

Dear Tolkien, 
thank you for saving me from the everlasting sadness.
When you came to my world, all its evil vanished.
Always on an adventure
for good measure.
Thank you so much for your gift.

I get to meet the Elvenking in his great halls,
Prince Legolas fires his arrows.
Aragorn the Ranger is dodging all harm far and narrow.
Great Gimli is grumbling about Elves.

I met the Man in the Moon,
and the Lady in the Sun, too!
The Singers of the Beginning are vocalising
while they stand against the Might Arising.

Dear Tolkien,
thank you for saving me from the everlasting sadness.
When you came to my world, all its evil vanished.
Always on an adventure
for good measure.
Thank you so much for your gift.

I never thought I’d find my exodus.
Never thought I’d meet benevolence within malevolence.
Never thought I’d find my confidence.
Never thought I’d be on stages once again.

I got to mourn, I got to smile
even if it was for a little while.
And if I leave Middle-earth for reality
Galadriel, Elrond, Bard, Thorin, Bofur,
Gloin, Oin, Balin, Dwalin, Bifur,
Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori,
among many, many others.
are just waiting for me.

When I come back, they all greet me with sweetest smiles and laughter,
it was unlike any other. 
They see me return from my exhausting journey,
they did not inquire harsh questions only asked
“How have you been?”
Far over the misty mountains cold,
much better than hoards of gems and gold
was the greatest world I could never leave.

Dear Tolkien,
thank you for saving me from the everlasting sadness.
When you came to my world, all its evil vanished.
Always on an adventure
for good measure.
Thank you so much for your gift.

You show me love of friends,
love of family.
Bad things to all villains.
Strength of seven brothers.

This is never the end.

“The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.”


“The road goes ever on

under cloud and under star

yet feet that wandering have gone

turn at last to home afar.

Eyes that fire and sword have seen

and horror in the halls of stone

look at last on meadows green

and trees and hills

they long have known.”

-The Hobbit J.R.R Tolkien

The Hobbit is one of my all time favorite book (because I could never pick one), I have read it more times that I can remember.  It is one of those books that is home, whose characters are friends I will forever love and hold close to my heart.

I find myself thinking about you more and more often as time goes by. It’s as if the longer we are over, the more clear my memories of us become. I can remember your exact exhales on mornings waking up next to you, I can still hear your voice speaking so softly as you made love to me, I can remember the exact way the air felt as I walked up your driveway. Everything seems to remind me of you. Somehow, even though you are further than ever, all my roads lead to you.
—  Excerpt from a book I will never write #1031

bookwormm03  asked:

5, 12, 19 <3 <3

5:  Books or authors that influenced your style the most

Alice in Wonderland obviously, The Oz series, anything in which someone (usually a girl) goes to another reality and comes back changed. I love David Levithan’s style and The Road by Cormac McCarthy was super influential in terms of style, just like in how sparse it was. I think I’m less influenced though by authors and books and more just by concepts. Like I’m really influenced by monster lore and mythology and “dark things.” and just what I like and what I think is good. 

12: How do you deal with self-doubts

I don’t! I let it get to me forever and never write ever because I am a garbage human hurrah! 

19:  First line of a WIP you’re working on

“Oh, look babe, Dracula’s on!”  

anonymous asked:

what is smekday pls enlighten me!

I will indeed enlighten you! :D

The True Meaning of Smekday is a book by Adam Rex. It is literally my favorite book.

Look at that bitchin’ cover art.

It’s the story of Gratuity “Tip” Tucci, world’s most hella rad 11 year old, who goes on the greatest road trip ever in a hovercar, driving across the barren wasteland of the US after an alien race called the Boov forces all humans to move to Arizona. It’s creative and hilarious and smart and really, really deep sometimes, and also there’s literally four pages of “meows” so that alone should convince you to read it.

Other reasons why this book is amazing:

1) THE ILLUSTRATIONS. Smekday is written as if it’s Tip’s school assignment, so she tapes in lots of photos and news clippings - all illustrated by the author.

2) Tip is biracial (half white half black) which is awesome, because biracial characters have little to no representation. She actually talks about the problems of being biracial, like the assumptions people make about her and her family (“What? How are you Italian if you’re black???”)

3) Tip was raised by a single mom and never knew her dad, but this is never portrayed as a problem, or as if their family is “broken” or “Incomplete.” She’s totally unbothered by her lack of a father and is pretty confused when people try to make a big deal out of it. She just has a mom, and that’s totally fine.

4) The humor is sophisticated and hilarious and the characters are the same. People expect kids to only like dumbed down humor, or one-dimensional characters, but Adam Rex obviously disagreed. It’s funny but also smart and it will also make you cry and reevaulate your life.

Basically, Smekday is a truly special book. I first read it in fourth grade and have been rereading it ever since, and my love for it has not yet diminished. It’s so creative and fantastic and wonderful in every way.

The movie that it inspired, Home, is coming out this month, so please read the book before you see the movie! The movie is going to to be very, very different (like How to Train your Dragon all over again!) so please do yourself a favor and read the book in addition. I promise you you won’t regret it!

(By the way, my song Perfect Monsters is about this book. The cover art was drawn by the author himself!)


A Gritty Weimar Portrait of Youth Gangs, Restored to Renewed Acclaim


When Nazi students burned proscribed books all over Germany in 1933, a compact work of fiction by a writer named Ernst Haffner went up in smoke along with the writings of Thomas Mann, Robert Musil and Sigmund Freud.

“Jugend auf der Landstrasse Berlin” (“Youth on the Road to Berlin”) had been published the previous year to considerable acclaim for its unsparing look at a gang of down-and-out teenagers in Berlin. “I have rarely read a description of this milieu that is so grippingly written,” the journalist and cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer wrote in The Frankfurter Zeitung. “If a film should ever be made of it, the public will get an object lesson that goes far beyond the usual gangland movie.”

No film was ever made. After 1933, the book and the author sank into oblivion and remained there until a small German press, MetroLit, reissued the novel in 2013 under the title “Blood Brothers.” It created a sensation at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and went on to harvest rapturous reviews in the German press. For many German readers, it seemed as though a time capsule had been unearthed, transmitting a live report from the final days of the Weimar Republic.

All the more intriguing, then, that the novel, which is to be published on March 3 in the United States by Other Press in a translation by Michael Hofmann, had lain hidden for so many years. “Not even scholars interested in the Weimar Republic had this book on their radar screen,” said Erhard Schütz, a professor at Humboldt University in Berlin and the author of “Novels of the Weimar Republic.” “Even though, in the 1980s, I researched and wrote about the problem of destitute youth in Weimar novels, I never came across Haffner’s name or the novel.”

No photograph of Ernst Haffner exists. Only a few scraps of biographical information survive. Kracauer, in his review, referred to Haffner as “a journalist who has long plied the area between Alexanderplatz and the Silesian Railway Station” (now the Ostbahnhof) — in other words, the poor and working-class neighborhoods in the eastern part of Berlin.

There is speculation that Haffner might have been a social worker. An official city registry puts him in Berlin between 1925 and 1933, and in 1938 he was summoned to the office of the culture ministry of the Third Reich.

That is it. In an article on the novel, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag asked readers to send in any information they might have about the author’s fate. There has been no response.

The novel resurfaced in the late 1970s when it caught the eye of Rolf Lindner, a cultural sociologist doing research on youth gangs in Berlin. “Haffner’s book was by far the best written of the contemporary literature on the question of unemployed, delinquent youth at the end of Weimar,” he said.


cheadarchesse  asked:

My friend and I want to interpret some of Tolkien's poems into ASL. Her favorite is the lay of Luthien which seems a little long for starters. Do you have any suggestions on a good, fun poem to start with?

Fun idea! I don’t know enough about ASL to know which poems would necessarily be more or less fun to translate, but here are a couple of my personal favorites (that are already available to read on Tolkien Gateway, in case you don’t have the books handy):

  • The Riddle of Strider (“All that is gold does not glitter”) Nice and short, and a definite classic.
  • Lament for the Rohirrim (“Where now are the horse and the rider?”) A bit longer than Aragorn’s poem, and a bit more historical (in case that’s what you like about Luthien’s song.)
  • Elven Hymn to Elbereth (“Snow-white! Snow-white! O Lady clear!”) In case you want something elvish, this is probably your best bet since the only non-English line is just Elbereth’s name itself (I’m assuming that makes translating easier.)
  • The Road Goes Ever On (“The road goes ever on and on”) There’s a couple different versions of this poem, which might give you some more flexibility for translation.
  • The Dragon is Withered (“The dragon is withered, his bones now are crumbled”) This is the longest poem on this list, so maybe after you finish one of the shorter ones, you can tackle this as a stepping-stone on your way to the Lay of Luthien?

This sounds really cool, and translations are always a welcome thing in this fandom, so if you guys feel comfortable with it I really encourage you to somehow post/share your translation - I know there are tons of people who’d love to see it!

Comics to Read - Planes, Trains and Automobiles Edition

Sorry to have been absent for the past two weeks I have been on the road for work and in different time zones and … what ever. This week many of you are traveling but, lucky me, my travel is just from the table to the couch.

Let’s get to the comics!

I wrote about this book the other day. If you like Catwoman and haven’t been reading her or stopped reading her in the new 52, pick this up. If you want a good comic, pick this up.

I could on and on about how great this comic is … and I have. So pick this up.

CIA operative goes in to the cold and meets her Dad. Yes that’s Noto cover and the writer is Marguerite Bennett in a solo spin. I’m enjoying this.

My daughter does not ready Spider-Man comics but she was all over me about Spider-Gwen due to her spending time online - thanks Tumblr!

I recommended the first issue of this book which offered a twist on your standard zombie/apocalypse by adding in social media. 

Remember last Thanksgiving when DC releases that Batsgiving image and we were all like OMG is that Steph? Yeah, that was fun.

That cover is beautiful! 

If you have a long trip home today why not pick up the other issues - or don’t you like a good time traveling murder mysteries?

That’s it for me this week. Did I miss anything? What’s on your list?

And if you are traveling I hope you have a safe trip and a better one than this guy!


School’s out but that doesn’t mean that we should stop reading. Summer is the perfect time to relax and let your imagination run. Drop that Science book and exchange it with these entertaining novels that will let you experience life through different perspectives.

1. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Young love is simply the cutest thing. From the first moment Juliana Baker met Bryce Lowski, she knew that it was love at first sight. Bryce on the other hand, felt nothing but annoyance when Julie was around. But when their worlds suddenly turn and Julie gets mad at Bryce, he suddenly gets confused about what he feels for Julie. You will reminisce your first encounter with love and feel giddy all over again when you read Flipped by Wendellin Van Draanen. This book will surely lighten up your summer.

2.  An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Summer is the perfect time for an adventure. Right after graduating from High School, Colin Singleton decides to go on a road trip with his best friend Hassan Harbish. He wanted to take his mind off a recent break up with the nineteenth Katherine he ever dated. The trip leads Colin and Hassan to meeting new people that will forever change their worlds. Join Colin Singleton as he goes on an adventure of a lifetime that will change his perspective in life.

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Kinney

Bring out the inner kid in you as you flip through the pages of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. This Satirical fiction novel, tells the dilemmas of an average middle school boy through the eyes of Greg Heffley. You will never get tired of reading this illustration filled book. A humorous series that will be enjoyed by readers of any age.

4.Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

A story of unrequited love. Love, Rosie tells the story of two childhood friends Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart. Rosie and Alex practically grew up together but when Alex’s family decides to move to another country, their lives suddenly tear apart. But destiny has its ways and after years living their separate lives, their paths suddenly intersect. Watch out for the film adaptation of this book in October.

5.The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Another great read that will be hitting the theaters soon. The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of a sixteen year old Cancer patient, Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel had nothing to look forward to in life anymore, that was until she met Augustus Waters, a fellow Cancer patient. The two form an unlikely friendship that blossoms into something a little more. A perfect book to read just before the summer ends since the movie adaptation will be released this June.

A feature article I wrote for school

(Photos from Google Images)

thranduillionn  asked:

Hi there! I am planning on (re)reading Tolkien's entire bibliography relating to Middle-Earth and my questions is whether you have any tips on which books to read first or in what order to read them so it is the least confusing! Thanks :)

  Hello dear!
  Tolkien’s bibliography about Arda doesn’t follow a chronological order per si, so I’d try to divide it in Ainulindalë, Valian Years, and Years of the Sun (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th ages). At first sight it seems something easy to do if the books followed this chronological order closely, but they don’t. Unfortanely J.R.R. Tolkien passed away before getting to organize and complete his legendarium, falling in Christopher Tolkien’s hand to do this. So he tried to come up with a good ‘complete’ version of it in The Silmarillion, but after feeling he’s left a lot behind he decided to publish the 12 (ok 13 with the Index) volumes of The History of Middle-earth.
  So you see, dividing his legendarium in that way seems (to me at least) the most logical way to go through it but at the same time it is a very hard task to do, I say it cause if you want to get hardcore and read them following the ‘correct’ trail of events (putting together all these years and the happenings in each one of them) then you’d have to list separated chapters from some books besides dividing the differents versions of different tales chronologically. It might get too confusing and I don’t know if you own all The History of Middle-earth series, so let’s not divide by chapters, nor manuscripts dates, only by books. So here’s a likely list I’d follow:

  - The Silmarillion
  - The Children of Húrin
  - Books 1 to 5 of The History of Middle-earth
  - Books 10 to 12 of The History of Middle-earth (though not the 16th chapter of 12th book)
  - The Unfinished Tales
  - The Hobbit
  - The Lord of the Rings
  - Books 6 to 9 of The History of Middle-earth
  - 16th chapter of the 12th vol of The History of Middle-earth

  This list is quite problematic in the sense that it doesn’t set the eras correctly apart. But as I’ve said it’d take a long time to do it in first place, to confront all the different manuscripts featured on different books and put them in a chronological order (though I intend to do it before I die).
  I shall explain a bit the parameters I’ve considered that culminated on this list, first the Silmarillion must be the starter, imo, it’ll set you ready for what’s to come, apart from giving an overall perspective on what you’ll find in deeper Tolkien’s works, if you enjoy it then there’s a great chance you’ll like HOME (and I believe you did, once you’re going to (re) read his works). The Children of Húrin comes next because it is the most ‘complete’ narration of the Narn i Chîn Húrin ever published (I’ve given a better explanation of it on this answer) and you’ve got in contact with it already in the Silmarilion. Then follows all the HOME books that don’t deal with LOTR and that features all the happenings that took place in the Ainulindalë, Valian Years, and Years of the Sun (1st and 2nd ages). The Unfinished Tales comes next because it gives nice narrations on the first (though you’ll have already a great insight on both Tuor and Túrin tales), second (the highlight here being the Aldarion and Erendis tale) and third (it ‘paves’ the way to the Hobbit and LOTR by giving a better insight on the Quest of Erebor and the Hunt of the One Ring) - if you prefer to read the “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age” chapter of the Silmarillion here, feel free to. Then we have the Hobbit and LOTR and furthermore the rest of the HOME books which deal with earlier LOTR manuscripts and greater insights on maps and drawings, besides featuring the Notion Club Papers and the Drowning of Anadûnê (which takes us back to the 2nd age). If you prefer to read the first and second parts of The Unfinished Tales right after the Children of Húrin and then the rest after the HOME books but before the Hobbit, it’s just fine too. And then last but not least, the only one that I had to take a separated chapter of ia 13 pages account of the fourth age called “The New Shadow”, it’s a sequence to LOTR, which was quickly abandoned by Tolkien.

  There are many chapters in The History of Middle-earth that deal the most with ‘curiosities’ of Arda’s world and how J.R.R. Tolkien managed to create such complex world. I’m refering to chapters dedicated to languages (incluiding the Lhammas on volume V, Quendi and the Eldar on volume XI, etc), family trees, calendars, the shape of the world, further information on some characters, tales of characters that don’t appear on the Quenta Silmarillion, etc. Besides there’s also the part four of the Unfinished Tales, the Adventures of Tom-Bombadil book, Bilbo’s Last Song and the Road Goes Ever On that don’t really fit on the list (ok perhaps Bilbo’s song and the Road Goes Ever On should be read after LOTR). All of this turns the work of making a coeherent list of ‘what I should read first’ really difficult to follow, so it’s up to what you are more eager to read about, what you’ve got in hands and what you’ve got avaliable to buy.
  I do hope it helps and sorry for taking a bit to answer, I had to go through all of my books to write it down.