Daily Journal: March 24, 2023

Today, things are looking up, not quite to the point of getting really excited for some massive progress, but at least my reading is moving in the right direction.

Today’s total is currently 82 pages, a big step up from yesterday’s measly 13 pages. This moves my total for the month of March to 4,482 pages, representing almost 82% of the projected quota, just about where I wanted to be for the last week of the month.

This couldn’t come in a better time, for tomorrow is the first major event, at least for yours truly, of 2023. I’m, of course, talking about Tolkien Reading Day, which celebrates one of the most important writers of the past century, professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.

This day was proposed because, according to the timeline of the Lord of the Rings, when Frodo and Sam, in the year 3019 of the Third Age, reached the Crack of Doom, birthplace of the dreaded One Ring, and finally vanquished Lord Sauron for good. So, since 2003, this has been the day to reminisce on the huge literary legacy that the professor created.

From my part, I’ll dedicate the day to start reading the first book of the series History of Middle Earth, dubbed The Book of Lost Tales Part One, and continue with a week long marathon, which will include some fantasy works influenced by The Lord of the Rings and as an added bonus, I’ll sit thru the film adaption, which I have seen probably about a 100 times, in their glorious extended edition.

Off to read.

And remember

“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.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

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