Love notes from Freya, 9/8/14

Just because something shines does not mean that it is made of gold. Wait, watch; and if you see it begin to tarnish, go find something else instead. Love, Freya


I’m rewatching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the billionth time, and I’m realizing again how much Tolkien really got the feel of Anglo-Saxon and Germanic literature, the way a lot of people throughout the centuries got Greek philosophy, religion, science, math, etc. Not surprising, given that he was a professor of it, but still–so cool! So of course this Love note brought to mind his famous “All that glitters” poem:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.[1]
Wizards, dwarves, elves, quests, heroism, runes, gold lust, dragons, riddle games, orcs, trolls … You’re welcome, world.


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