book: the road goes ever on and on

To the woods I go…

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it has to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”   - Thoreau

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.”

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“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.

Tag Game

Thanks to @heretherebebooks for tagging me!

1) Rules: Tag 9 people. @ciquana, @feanory, @eomer, @ivorwendarcy, @incorrigible-ixoreus, @galacticwolf, @queennovella. That’s not 9 people, but eh. If you guys want to, you can do this; if not, that’s fine too.

Last song I listened to: The Road Goes Ever On from the Lord of the Rings musical.

Last book you read/listened to: Death Note Vol. 10, I’m currently binge-reading Death Note as everyone who follows me on Goodreads has probably realised (sorry).

Favourite color: Dark red, I guess?

Top three shows: I don’t watch shows very actively nowadays, but I really enjoy Jessica Jones, The Musketeers (I should get back to that one), and Castle.

Top three characters: Just three? I’m not sure I’m even capable of choosing my top three characters from just one author… But I’ll mention Sam Vimes from the Discworld books, Kennit from The Liveship Traders, and Jane Eyre as some very well-crafted characters that I like.

Top three ships: I don’t really tend to ship, but I think it’s safe to say my OTP is Faramir/Eowyn. I also really like Rose/Ten from Doctor Who (Rose/Nine is good too) and Fitz/Fool as by far the most complicated of the lot. Honourable mention goes to Beren/Luthien, because well who doesn’t love them?

2) Rules: BOLD the statements that are true for you!

APPEARANCE:
I am 5'7" or taller: For those who use m (1,70m)
I wear glasses
I have at least one tattoo
I have at least one piercing
I have blonde hair
I have brown eyes
I have short hair
My abs are at least somewhat defined
I have or have had braces

PERSONALITY:
I love meeting new people (depends)
People tell me that I’m funny
Helping others with their problems is a big priority for me
I enjoy physical challenges
I enjoy mental challenges
I’m playfully rude with people I know well
I started saying something ironically and now I can’t stop saying it
There is something I would change about my personality

ABILITY:
I can sing well
I can play an instrument
I can do over 30 pushups without stopping
I’m a fast runner (for about 10 seconds?)
I can draw well
I have a good memory
I’m good at doing math in my head
I can hold my breath underwater for over a minute
I have beaten at least 2 people in arm wrestling
I know how to cook at least 3 meals from scratch
I know how to throw a proper punch

HOBBIES:
I enjoy playing sports (depends)
I’m on a sports team at my school or somewhere else
I’m in an orchestra or choir at my school or somewhere else
I have learned a new song in the past week
I work out at least once a week
I’ve gone for runs at least once a week in the warmer months
I have drawn something in the past month
I enjoy writing
FANDOMS ARE MY #1 PASSION
I do or have done martial arts

EXPERIENCES:
I have had my first kiss
I have had alcohol
I have scored the winning goal in a sports game
I have watched an entire season of a TV show in one sitting
I have been at an overnight event
I have been in a taxi
I have been in the hospital or ER in the past year
I have beaten a video game in one day
I have visited another country
I have been to one of my favorite band’s concerts

RELATIONSHIPS:
I’m in a relationship
I have a crush on a celebrity
I have a crush on someone I know
I have been in at least 3 relationships
I have never been in a relationship
I have asked someone out or admitted my feelings to them
I get crushes easily
I have had a crush on someone for over a year
I have been in a relationship for at least a year
I have had feelings for a friend

MY LIFE:
I have at least one person I consider a “best friend”
I live close to my school
My parents are still together
I have at least one sibling
I live in the united states
There is snow right now where I live
I have hung out with a friend in the past month
I have a smartphone
I have at least 15 CD’s
I share my room with someone

RANDOM SHIT:
I have breakdanced
I know a person named Jamie
I have had a teacher with a last name that’s hard to pronounce
I have dyed my hair
I’m listening to one song on repeat right now
I have punched someone in the past week (does mock-hitting my boyfriend count?)
I know someone who has gone to jail
I have broken a bone
I have eaten a waffle today (I wish too)
I know what I want to do with my life (kind of? Slightly?)
I speak at least 2 languages
I have made a new friend in the past year
I have been given flowers before

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

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!)

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!

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The Hobbit Into Darkness (by Sean Keller)

THIS IS EPIC

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 and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.

—   J.R.R. Tolkien