Despite the title, this is not an outline of how I intend to get a permanent position at a university.
On this day, in 1892, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born, and we celebrate it at 9 p.m. (local time, wherever you are) quite simply with a short toast
to be delivered while standing, with a glass filled with something good; take a sip, then sit back down to continue your evening. If you are sensible, like we are, said evening will consist of leisurely reading of Tolkien's works.
The new Beowulf
translation with the commentary is lovely; though Lord of the Rings
is a classic; and On Fairytales
is instructive; whereas Mr Bliss
is utterly sweet; as is The Hobbit
, come to think of it; The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun
is rather impressive; The Father Christmas Letters
are beautiful; and The Fall of Arthur
is tantalising; whereas The Silmarillion
is essential; with perhaps a touch of the Unfinished Tales
; -- in fact, read it all.