A half century and a half decade.
Two score plus a half score plus a quarter score years.
I can’t and never could drive fifty-five.
I was almost five when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
Disappointed a woman hasn’t walked there yet.
I am starting to experience the opposite of time dilation.
Thanks to everyone who wished me well on my natal day.
Born of Hope: The Ring of Barahir
Release date: December 1, 2009
Director/Producer: Kate Madison
Official Website: http://www.bornofhope.com/
Watched: late September 2019
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I stumbled across this fan film last week while researching (translation: falling down another Tolkien rabbit hole) the backstory of Gilraen, mother of Aragorn. I am always interested in Tolkien’s female characters because there are so few of them and nearly all of them have surprising agency considering Tolkien’s times. The Tolkien Gateway article for Gilraen includes a link at the very bottom that delves deeper into her tragic tale, gleaned from The Lord of the Rings Appendices and other Legendarium sources: The Tragedy of Gilraen, Aragorn’s Mother
Gilraen probably has the saddest epitaph of any of Tolkien’s characters (except perhaps Turin and his sister):
Onen i-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim.
“I gave hope to the Dúnedain; I kept none for myself.”
Gilraen could not see the light for the growing darkness and despaired, living only half as long as she should have, as one of the few remaining Dúnedain.
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