On this day in 1973, J.R.R. Tolkien left the mortal world.
I have written many posts about Tolkien’s impact in literature, and everyone today will undoubtedly be mentioning this particular event in his life, just as I am doing right now.
But as the great British comedian, Eddie Izzard, once said: “We always mourn the death rather than celebrating the life. That’s a different attitude.”
So I thought to myself: “Why not?”
And thus, in honour of the author, I’ve pulled out a copy of The Lord of the Rings from my bookshelf and plunged straight into the first chapter.
Thank you Tolkien. Thank you life.