Signum University Graduation 2020

I will have the privilege in a few hours of addressing this year’s Signum University graduates. My own words alone are inadequate to express my awe and wonder in their accomplishments.

• Hurley, Kameron. The Light Brigade. Gallery / Saga Press. Kindle Edition.
• Sturgis, Amy. Speculative Fiction as Reflecting Shield: Defying and Defining the Darkness. Signum University’s Mythmoot VII. Keynote address.
• Tolkien, J.R.R. (2012-02-15). The Lord of the Rings: One Volume. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

And of course, I will be referring to the work of each of the graduates themselves.

Rabbit, part 4

So, back to Rabbit 1.

[05.015] xx and when he said gollum xx he made a horrible swallowing noise xx in his throat. xx That is how he got his name,

Is that how he got his name from Bilbo?? Or was that something that the goblins called him? And in the latter case, then how could Balin say:

[08.127] xx ‘Gollum! Well I’m blest! 

Hmmm. I think that it must be Bilbo who created the name when he told the story of his escape from Chapter Five.

Rabbit, part 3

[06.019] They were particularly interested xx in the riddle-competition, xx and shuddered most appreciatively at his description of Gollum. xx

[06.023] xx The dwarves looked at him xx with quite a new respect, xx when he talked about dodging guards, xx jumping over Gollum,

[08.125] xx But very soon they began to ask questions. xx They had to have the whole vanishing business carefully explained, xx and the finding of the ring interested them so much xx that for a while they forgot their own troubles. xx Balin in particular xx insisted on having the Gollum story, xx riddles and all, xx told all over again, xx with the ring xx in its proper place.

[08.126] xx All except Balin. xx Long after the others had stopped talking xx and shut their eyes, xx he kept on muttering xx and chuckling to himself. xx

[08.127] xx ‘Gollum! Well I’m blest! xx So that’s how he sneaked past me, xx is it? xx Now I know! xx Just crept quietly along did you, xx Mr. Baggins? xx

A different rabbit hole for a moment…

Some lovely colleagues are helping me work through this one. Here’s the beginning of a small puzzle:

[05.015] xx ‘Bless us xx and splash us, my precioussss! xx I guess it’s a choice feast; xx at least a tasty morsel it’d make us, gollum!’ xx and when he said gollum xx he made a horrible swallowing noise xx in his throat. xx That is how he got his name, xx though he always called himself ‘my precious’.xx

Back to it!

Friends, to my surprise there are fewer than 200 instances of lie, lies, lying, lain, lied, lay, lays, laying, or laid. I’ve corralled them all, and I feel that I must go with much deliberation through the list. I like knowing that you’re on this journey with me. If I have missed a Modern English form of any of the three words under consideration (“lie” as in down, “lay”, and “lie” as in prevaricate), please do remind me.

New meditations

Friends, I’m delighted to announce that the meditation manual is available which accompanies the days from Imbolc (tonight or tomorrow or next week, depending on your calendar; or in August, depending on your hemisphere) to Ostara (the spring equinox).

This time of the year is difficult for me, and I imagine it is for many. Will you join me on our meditations and walks and imaginings? Our Morning Meanders are available through Kindle.