Thanksgiving in Personal. Wayfarers: Quest for the Cure
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While our Canadian Thanksgiving was taken up by a two-day walk, today is Thanksgiving for our neighbours to the south and in honour of that I am going to post today what I had wanted to post a little over a month ago – the things I am most thankful of this year.

5. J.R.R. Tolkien.  This year I am thankful for Tolkien and, to a lesser extent, Peter Jackson, who brought Tolkien’s story to a much broader audience than those who could slog their way through Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday.

Tolkien took mythology from all over Europe and turned it into a story for the day – not a new concept by many centuries (likely many millennia), but the way he did it was world-changing.  He made mythology acceptable to greater society as a new type of “speculative fiction” the likes of which had been seen in Stoker, Shelley and Verne in the past; he made elves more than cobblers and brought goblins out of shadows and into nightmares.

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