I know. I should probably be recapping 2011 and laying out goals for 2012. But I've already talked about goals this year (here), and yesterday was my favorite holiday:
January 3rd. Tolkien's birthday.
seed cakes instead and thought of Bilbo Baggins running around pleading with dwarves not to break plates.
I read Lord of the Rings as a young teenager. I loved it. It's still the only novel that, when I put it down, I have to remind myself that it's fiction. The histories and cultures felt that real. After watching the people of Rohan, how could I not go read everything I could find on Vikings? Now I can talk about longhouses and legal codes long enough to substitute for anesthesia. Fascinated by culture, I read a few anthropology text books and started reading about the Maya, too. I learned some Quenya, which sparked my linguistic interest. The next logical step was Michael D. Coe's Reading the Maya Glyphs. Yes, I was quite the nerdy teenager.
Tolkien didn't just provide me with a rich story. His story made me a kinder person. His story sparked curiosity in me about the world around me. One of my children is named after a Hobbit, in fact. Prophetically, he eats with one. Hopefully, on some future January 3rd when we feast on seed cakes, he'll share my love for this story that made my world a better, richer place.
*Recipe Note: I don't have ale, so I substituted water with a bit of honey to bloom the yeast. Also, I poured them into a muffin tin, both so they'd be easier to dish out to the little ones and to shorten the cooking time. It made about a dozen muffin-sized cakes, which baked in about 18 minutes. The eating took less time.