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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
An avid
Published June 13th 2020
Meet your favourite characters of Middle Earth
Has Middle Earth come to The Basin? It sure looks like it!

Rainy Day Books at The Basin

Rainy Day Books at 1301 Mountain Highway (at the round-about), The Basin, is situated 31 kms from Melbourne in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Their most recent distinctive window display focusses on the extraordinary life of JRR Tolkien and has a full range of Tolkien's works. There are also books about the author himself.

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Display of JRR Tolkien Books

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And who was J R R Tolkien? Tolkien was born in January 1892 in South Africa and moved to England as a child. It was during his early teens that Tolkien first encountered a constructed language, Animalic. This was an invention of his cousins Marjorie and Mary Incledon. At that time Tolkien was studying Anglo-Saxon and Latin. Their interest in Animalic soon fell away. However, Mary, Tolkien and others invented a new and more complex language called Nevbosh.

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Tolkien was fascinated with language, and he soon created his own constructed language, called Naffarin.

"I have found that it is the small everyday deed of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love." ~ Gandalf (J. R. R. Tolkein ~ The Hobbit)"

Another language Tolkien learned was Esperanto, and in early mid-1909 he composed The Book of the Foxrook. This was a sixteen-page notebook, where the "earliest example of one of his invented alphabets" appears. Short texts in this notebook are written in Esperanto.

After leaving King Edward's school, and having formed a Tea Club and Barrovian Society (referring to their fondness for drinking tea in Barrow's Stores near the school and, secretly, in the school library), the members stayed in touch.

In December 1914, they held a "council" in London at Wiseman's home. The result of this meeting was, for Tolkien, a strong dedication to writing poetry.

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Window Display - JRR Tolkien

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His quotations are filled with hope and wisdom, while his books continue to be best sellers.

" All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after." ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

"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
. ." ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Tolkien is quoted as saying he did not write the Hobbit for children but for older readers, and this is borne out by the fact that not only youngsters but mature and older readers find the beautiful and delightful descriptions that jump out of the pages, seem to be removed from everyday life and into the more mystical. The reader is transported to a place where challenges and battles have to be fought and won, as the characters wend their way through the stories.

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