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  1. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    I've been getting back into more outdoor cooking lately. Last week I did blue corn pancakes and rice pilaf on a wood gas stove I had built out of cans. You can see a video of it here:
  2. Desert Loon

    Building a real Bag End ? Why not !

    Inspiring, as always! I love to see such a garden.
  3. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    Checking in again. Last night I roasted some barley over one of my homemade woodgas stoves, then ground it with my Corona corn mill. The resulting meal is called tsampa in Tibet, where it is one of the main staples. Mix it up with butter and just enough hot water to form into little nuggets -...
  4. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    Checking in. This evening I had a nice visit with a sister and her family: they live in a very cozy old house, and we had a very bountiful and sumptuous supper after which we played games and sat on squishy sofas with a cat and talked. A very hobbitish evening.
  5. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    Thanks Ithilethiel. Checking in for today: This morning I planted more tomatoes, including Brandywine, then I ground up some corn (Painted Mountain) that I'd grown last year and made pancakes with it.
  6. Desert Loon

    Tolkien Estate Disavows Film Starring Nicholas Hoult

    I'm still trying to decide if I want to see it. Honestly, the way big studios tend to make movies, I almost think that as long as it doesn't put in a sex scene it'll be okay. :rolleyes:
  7. Desert Loon

    "Whatever happened to Radagast the Brown?"

    Right! He has taken on a special meaning for me, and that goofball in the movies is an insult to that. Maybe it's just as well, since it helps me keep my own experience to myself.
  8. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    As long as I keep adding to this with some regularity I'm not going to berate myself for not doing it daily. Yesterday I ate a first and second breakfast. And last week I took a hike with a relative, along the Bonneville Shoreline trail in the Wasatch range, talking about spirituality and...
  9. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    Today I finished a walking stick - like a shillelagh, I call it my kebbie stick (the Scottish version of a shillelagh, since my Scottish ancestors are more numerous and recent than my Irish). I took it on a little walk in the mountains.
  10. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    And I missed a day. Well I'm here now. Today I worked in my garden, moving some tomato starts into a cold frame and starting to prepare some of the soil for tomato plants when they're bigger. Not much, but at least it was something.
  11. Desert Loon

    Lore of the Rings YouTube Channel

    Thanks for sharing this - I've subscribed, left one comment so far and will watch more.
  12. Desert Loon

    Living the myth: starting a regular journal of Middle-earth actions

    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...
  13. Desert Loon

    Cram - real world analogues

    I like the idea of including nuts and cranberries. I made some apple leather last summer with homemade applesauce and walnuts I'd harvested from neighbors' trees and that was good for hiking too. Thanks for the link - I'll have some fun with Feast of Starlight now!
  14. Desert Loon

    Who is your favorite character?

    I think probably Beorn - at least I have often fantasized about living his lifestyle.
  15. Desert Loon

    Cram - real world analogues

    I could have sworn I got into this forum by following a link in a search for cram recipes, but searching the forum didn't find me a previous thread on this, so . . . Has anyone here tried Sailor Boy Pilot Bread? Our local Winco (I live in Utah) used to carry it, and I took it on some hikes -...
  16. Desert Loon

    Building a real Bag End ? Why not !

    One more reason why I want to visit Romania! This kind of thing gives me hope for humanity.
  17. Desert Loon

    "Whatever happened to Radagast the Brown?"

    A few years ago I had a dream that I was traveling with Radagast. He had a waffle iron that was enchanted to be lightweight. This fantasy has been a great comfort and inspiration for me ever since. And I harbor a private conviction that he now lives on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos.
  18. Desert Loon

    What do you think of the Valar ?

    I've always felt a special affinity with Yavanna, because of my love of green growing things, and gardening. I don't hunt, but I resonate also with Oromë for his love of forests.
  19. Desert Loon

    Mouth of Sauron as Lord of Isengard

    And maybe this has also been addressed, but: Did the Witch King's ring fall to the ground under his empty clothes on the Pelennor Fields, waiting to be claimed?
  20. Desert Loon

    Party Time

    Glad to see I'm not the only one wondering about the dwarves' instruments! Speaking of them, has anyone seen the youtube videos of people playing the "Misty Mountains Cold" song from the movie on pentatonic (Native American-style) flutes? Here's one: It's true that the tune goes a bit...
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