The road goes ever on and on…

by chuckofish

Today is son #2’s birthday. Last year, he spent the day at home with family and friends.


This year he is far away at the Oxonmoot (the Tolkein Society’s annual conference) at Oxford having fun and being scholarly.


Although I’m not a huge Tolkein fan myself (don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against him), I heartily agree with his sentiment that “fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”  He’s absolutely right, you know. Our best ideas often come to us slyly, emerging unexpectedly from the shadow of a dream or as we ponder what we have just read, seen, or heard (music is definitely liberating).  So in honor of J.R.R. Tolkein, who created a whole world,  my son, who is wandering but not lost, and his cousin, Mary, who celebrated her birthday yesterday, escape into a poem, a book, a film, a painting, or some lovely music and free your mind and soul!

Go ahead, have an escapist weekend.