Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy birthday, Tolkien!

This is Older Daughter's Christmas gift to Don: a magnificent copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."

It weights a hefty 5.25 pounds, and she lugged it in her suitcase all the way from New Jersey.

Tolkien, it hardly needs saying, is regarded with near-awe in the Lewis household. And today is his 125th birthday. Or, as Don put it, his "twelve-ity-fifth" birthday.

Happy birthday, Mr. Tolkien! And thank you for the reading pleasure you've given generations of fans.


  1. Beautiful book! What a lovely gift for older daughter to give her father. Mary Ellen

  2. Nice! JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and of course, the Bible. These can satisfy my reading pleasures for life. (But I do like a little Louis Lamour also...) :)

  3. Post Alley CrackpotJanuary 3, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    BTW, if you're in Portland OR for a few days, stop in at Powell's -- given your family's love of books, it's something you absolutely must do.

    It's pretty much the largest bookshop anywhere in terms of the number of books on hand in the shop.

    And with zero VAT charged at purchase time for on-premises purchases, you can perhaps buy a few more books. :-)

    1. Heavens I ADORE Powell's and go every time I'm in Portland on business; see this for example:

      - Patrice

    2. Beautiful pictures posted on that link!
      Montana Guy

    3. I bring a spare empty suitcase for my books and then hope I can get them packed up for despatch via courier before I'm due to fly out again. :-)

      There's also a technical books shop if you're interested in science and engineering books. The shop used to be east of the main Powell's block on the north side of Burnside, but I don't know where it is these days.

      The curious thing about the Powell's technical book shop was the collection of old Apple computer hardware -- I used to own a few of these models before I shifted them onward to people far more patient than I am. :-)

      There aren't many book shops in the States I'd go out of my way for, but this is one of them ...

  4. Happy birthday, Don!
    25 and counting.

  5. To fathers, daughters are forever. God bless her.
    Hangtown Frank