Some of the deepest meanings for me of Tolkien's works have to do with his motivation in bringing them forth: rather than merely titillating fantasy, his stories of Middle Earth especially were written in search and service of myth, and myth is in its purest form a way to shape our lives. There are a couple of Tolkien YouTube channels I have enjoyed, whose creators like to bring the stories to life in small ways: Happy Hobbit and Dunedain Rangers. I know it's hard to keep producing videos on this kind of thing, but as I mentioned, the meaning of the stories for me has a lot to do with imagining how life could be - more meaningful, more "merrier" . . . enchanted. And so I'm starting this thread with this intent: "upon a clumsy loom / weave tissues gilded by the far-off day / hoped and believed in under Shadow's sway." Every day, or as near as possible I intend to report on something I did that was in keeping with the spirit of myth or enchantment, or just Hobbitish. And I welcome any who want to join me. So here we go: This morning I made breakfast from scratch (pancakes from leftover mashed potatoes), and polished a walking stick I have been working on for a while, made from a tree limb I found and cut last summer. And although I'm a long way away from being fit to be a ranger, I do have a daily morning practice of meditation and have started daily morning exercise.