First challenge of (Y-15)

Here come the impossible tasks that keep me on my feet, and pushing every forward to reach, firstly 500,000 pages, and eventually the coveted 1,000,000 pages.

So, to close-out the week long celebration of my birthday, I’m shooting for a 1,500 pages weekend, with the possibility of a 1,000-page day.

To start the binge reading, I’ll go back to the origins of Middle Earth with the tale of The Fall of Gondolin, the mythical elvish city.

Off to read.


A day as a Hobbit

Yesterday was Tolkien Reading Day. I set out to do two things, try to read Children of Húrin in its entirety, and try an eat all six Hobbit meals.

As we lack extensive and mystical Forests, I live in the desert, the next best thing was to go to the urban park right in the middle of the city.

The reading went pretty well, read around 250 pages of the 320. The meals where a whole success. Here are the photos of all of them.

Dinner & Supper was the most amazing part of the day, firstly because I got to eat and drink some artisanal beer in a new place called Artística Brewing Co., and most importantly ,I was joined by my lovely wife to end the festivities right.

Today my plan is to finish the Children of Húrin, probably the last book of The Farseer Trilogy, and be 200 pages shy of the 50,000-page mark for the year. If those two books go down, I’ll reach the 400,000-page and start to work toward the first half of this lengthy challenge.

Off to read.


One more day before the plunge

I´m more than excited for tomorrows festivities. It’s going to be a Tolkien Reading Day to remember, and hopefully it will become a yearly tradition of reading and eating like a Hobbit.

I don’t an specific plan, but, the two things that are a most are: reading The Children of Húrin in its entirety, and indulging in the six meals of the Hobbits custom, which are, according to the books, Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner, this last is going to be special, there´s a plan with my lovely wife of food and pints worthy of the Green Dragon.

Now the impossible for today is to finish the last book of the Farseer Trilogy, currently on page 672 of 829, and to start off tomorrow with a fresh slate, let’s see how the day plays out.

Off to read.


Preparing for Tolkien Reading Day

There’s only a month left for one of my favorite events of my reading year, Tolkien Reading day, which celebrates the legacy and impact of the Professor Tolkien’s writing.

It is celebrated on March 25, honoring the day that Frodo destroyed the Ring of Power on Mount Doom, thus, vanquishing Sauron for good.

This year I have three options for the occasion, Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth, The Book of Lost Tales Part One, and The Children of Húrin,the idea is to try and finish the book in one day, quite the gargantuan task.

In the upcoming days, I’ll decide which one to tackle.

For more information on the event, I recommend to visit the official website of The Tolkien Society, to find out the events they are planning.

Off to read


Tolkien reading day, 2021

Today we raise a glass to our dear professor Tolkien.

Today, in Middle-Earth History, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee destroy the One-Ring in the fires of Mount Doom.

So we celebrate by going back to our favorite passages and stories from Lord of the Rings, or any other of the magnificent work of the professor.

Today, I’ll read a couple of stories from a collection I have been meaning to delve into.

Off to read.


Happy 129th birthday to Professor Tolkien

A long time ago, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, a remarkable writer was born that came and change the world of fantasy literature forever.

I place The Lord of the Rings in the top place of my favorite books, this is mostly because it was that one book that got me really into reading, but most importantly I read them during a really dark emotional period for me.

I don’t say this lightly, but it help me to keep afloat, and not to sick on a really dark chasm.

For that I am forever grateful.

So rise a glass in salute, and may the wonder of Middle-Earth never ends.


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