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PostPosted: Sat 11 Aug , 2012 9:04 pm 
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I've been to the 10th anniversary TORC moot in Oxford today; as I've been doing for the last 5 years, I've only done it as a day trip (partying at night in student halls is hard when you have a baby or two ;) ), and Dan (Mr Ber), Alex and Ada came along. Alex and Dan spent most of the day in the Natural History Museum, the Pitts-Rivers and the Ashmolean, as Alex loves visiting museums (I'm so proud :D ), and Ada came with me to meet the TORCers and to visit Tolkien's grave at Wolvercote cemetery. The atmosphere there, with the golden afternoon sunshine and summer breeze, was beautiful. :)

But what really surprised me was that, when we came back home, Alex asked me to start reading him The Lord of the Rings. :Q I didn't particularly tell him that Oxford was the city where LotR was written; he's curious about LotR, mainly because of Lego, but I haven't gone all LotR geek on him (yet), and he didn't come to any of the Tolkienish activities we did today. So I just have to assume that there was indeed something in the air in Oxford today that made him think of this story he's only heard vague references about. :)

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PostPosted: Sat 11 Aug , 2012 9:36 pm 
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I wish I had been there! Next year, for (almost) sure.

So are you going to read it to him?

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PostPosted: Sun 12 Aug , 2012 2:39 am 
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That is lovely, Ber! It's just the kind of thing that warms the cockles of a mother's heart. :Wooper:

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Aug , 2012 12:37 pm 
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I was very disappointed to miss this year also, particularly when I heard you had visited Tolkien's grave (which I wanted to do both times I visited) and particularly when I heard I missed your recitation of Namarie, which was one of the highlights of Edinburgh for me. (Although it was a private performance as the two of us were climbing to Arthur's Seat! Or actually, I think we were descending...)

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Aug , 2012 8:44 pm 
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Yes, I started to read "A Long-Expected Party" and after a while switched to "Concerning Hobbits". I asked him a couple of times if he was getting bored (he was playing with his toys in bed) but he asked me to keep reading. The next day we watched a bit of the extended edition of FotR, but the Black Riders frightened him a bit too much so I think we'll shelve the film until he's a bit older. I caught him drawing a hand covered in scaly armour later, and when I asked him who it was he said "the Black Rider". :D

I've given him my Burger King LotR figurines: Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli and Frodo. He loves getting them out of the boxes and playing with them. I find it hilarious to hear him muttering to himself "Where's Legolas? Ah... here's Legolas" etc. :D

My visit to Oxford was very brief. I was going to join ArPhy's tour/mystery crime walk, thinking it would start around 3pm-ish, but they set out from the Eagle & Child a bit after 1:30, when we had just arrived; Alex and Ada needed to eat, so we had to skip the walk (and instead eat in a crowded McDonalds full of tourists :roll: ). Alex wouldn't have lasted more than 10 minutes on the walk anyway, he was much happier seeing dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and ninjas at the Ashmolean. :D

So all I did with the group, really, was to meet up with Alys and The Angel (and meet their gorgeous 5-month old son, Nate) and then most of the rest of the group started coming back from the walk: Jaeniver, Satch, Pandora, truehobbit, Tosh, heliona, wilko, Gungnir and family, niniel*... We hopped on a bus to Wolvercote cemetery, and found the grave, which had lots of little mementoes that people had left: from hairbands to a CD of a band called Olorin. The best one was a drawing someone had made of Beren and Luthien lying together on their grave, it was actually a very nice piece of artwork.

:oops: Reciting Namárië seemed fitting for me, as it was the end of the moot for me (Ada was getting fractious, and Alex was by then completely museumed-out) - probably the shortest moot I've ever had! But it being the 10th anniversary, I couldn't not go. I hope to be able to attend for at least 2 days and one night, maybe next year, or the year after.

I remember reciting it en route to Arthur's Seat... or was it coming down? My brain is a sieve. It's a gorgeous poem to recite, the words roll so well, although of course it's a sad topic.

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Aug , 2012 2:59 am 
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Berhael's elegy turned a visit to a graveside into a moment of grace and dignity. I shan't forget it. Nor shall I forget the tiny trinkets on the grave that spoke of so much love. One metal tag simply said, 'Thank you'.

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Aug , 2012 8:25 pm 
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That was lovely, wasn't it? Simple and honest.

Thanks for your kind words. :oops: I know not everybody loves cemeteries as much as I do (must be the latent Goth gene), but I thought Wolvercote looked particularly serene and beautiful last week.

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