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Map of the Misty Mountains, from the original English version of the book.

Map of the Misty Mountains, from the original English version of the book.

TT is for J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) He is best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and a number of short fiction books as well. But he was also a university professor and published a good many translations and scholarly articles. After his death his son Christopher published a good deal of the background information his father put together in the invention of Middle-Earth.

My own first introduction to his work was before his books were officially available in this country, when my uncle brought copies of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings back with him from England. I have lost track of how many times I have reread them.

I tweeted quotes from The Two Towers (and put them on my facebook pages) last week, and here are the contexts of those quotations. Note that all are from the books, and differ somewhat from the movies.

“I must cool myself and think, for it is easier to shout stop! than to do it. Treebeard has worked himself up about Sauruman, and feels he needs to cool off.

“I am not altogether on anyone’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side.” Treebeard talking to the hobbits, and explaining that no one else cares for the trees as he does.

“He has a mind of metal and wheels, and he does not care for growing things.” Treebeard’s description of Sauruman.

“If that happened I had rather not be on the other side.” Merry, thinking about an aroused Ent.

“We may help the other peoples before we pass away.” Treebeard, thinking that the Ents might accomplish something in their last march.

“Songs like trees bear fruit only in their own time: and sometimes they are withered untimely.” Treebeard, wishing that the songs about the Ents finding the Entwives could come true.

“I can’t stay with you. Not after what I did to you.” Bowling, Tourist Trap. Timi feels guilty over what Zhaim did by taking over his body, and refuses to accept that it wasn’t really his fault.

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Magestone coverNN is for Andre Norton (1912-2005) who was one of the first science fiction authors I discovered (in grade school.) She was the first woman to be Gandalf Grand Master of Fantasy, first to be SFWA Grand Master, and first inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. She heavily influenced my own writing. N is also for Nik, a character in Homecoming and Tourist Trap.

“By surviving severe danger together, we have learned to cooperate.” Andre Norton, The Magestone. Merith of the Dales (who have been at war with Alizon) in her farewell to Kasarion.

“May the Light strengthen our resolve, and ward us against the Dark.” Andre Norton, The Magestone. Continuation of Merith’s farewell to Kasarion.

Warding cover“Apply your strength to some task that can be accomplished.” Andre Norton, The Magestone. Part of Merith’s thought of what Doubt, her long-dead fiancé, would have said. The whole quote is: “When you have more questions than you have answers, and when most of the questions demand time to be resolved, there is no use in wasting energy by fretting. Apply your strength to some task that can be accomplished, and let time furnish the facts you need to deal with the excess questions.”

“Patience was one of the female’s weapon-shields.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Liara’s thought. She lives in the extreme paternalistic and warrior society of Alizon.

“Trust is something which can never be sworn to.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Singala’s advice to Liara.

“With a common goal even enemies swear battle-oaths.” Andre Norton, The Warding of Witch World. Merith is telling Liara what her brother Kasarion has already learned.

“There are decisions you can legitimately make for him, but this is not one of them.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Roi’s father Lai is trying to make a medical choice for him, and Nik, the physician and Lai’s half-brother, intervenes.

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HH is for Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988), one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th Century. I read his juveniles in grade school, and very early published stories such as “By his Bootstraps” (under a pseudonym) in my father’s collection of back issues of Astounding Science Fiction. I have to say I prefer his early work, especially the Future History stories, and these are the sources for the quotations below. So here are the contexts for the quotes I have tweeted and placed on my facebook pages between April 3 and April 9, 2014.

Past cover“Glad did I live and gladly die.” Stevenson, quoted by Heinlein in “Requiem” (in The Past Through Tomorrow) written in 1940, long before the first man walked on the moon. The beginning of the story is better than any context I could give:

On a high hill in Samoa there is a grave. Inscribed on the marker are these words:

“Under the wide and starry sky
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die
And I lay me down with a will!

“This be the verse you grave for me:
‘Here he lies where he longed to be,
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.’”

These lines appear another place – scrawled on a shipping tag torn from a compressed-air container, and pinned to the ground with a knife.

And the ground is the ground of the moon.

6xH cover “Americans are considered crazy anywhere in the world.” Robert A. Heinlein (1941), “—And He Built a Crooked House—” in 6xH. And the Americans say “it’s the Californians; the Californians say “it’s the Los Angelinos;” the Los Angelinos say “it’s Hollywood;” the residents of Hollywood say “it’s the canyonites.” And it all winds up with one architect who tries to build a four-dimensional house.

“Why should we be held down by the frozen concepts of our ancestors?” Robert A. Heinlein, “—And He Built a Crooked House—”The architect, Teal, voicing his ideas of architecture.

“You are a man; you should anticipate such things. Earthquakes!” Robert A. Heinlein, “—And He Built a Crooked House—” Mrs. Bailey, complaining of California after she has talked her husband (to whom she is speaking) into moving there.

“What chance has a thirty-year-old married man, used to important money, to change his racket?” Robert A. Heinlein, “Space Jockey, in The Past Through Tomorrow. The man in question is a spaceship pilot but the sentiment –published in 1947—sounds very timely today.

“Men—grown-up men, not mamas’ boys—had to break away from their mothers’ apron strings.” Robert A. Heinlein, “Space Jockey” in The Past Through Tomorrow. Phyllis, the wife of the spaceship pilot above, rethinking her objections to his career. Note that this story was written at a time when men, after WWII, were trying to push their wives back into housewifely roles.

Headaches aren’t hard to Heal.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Well, maybe not hard for Roi, who has the esper talent of Healing!

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BThis is the second day of the A to Z Challenge, and the first day I’ve tried to integrate my regular schedule with the alphabet. Today’s B was easy: Beauty and the Werewolf, a Beauty and the Beast-inspired book which is part of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. As always on Wednesday I have given the contexts of the quotes tweeted each day of the previous week from @sueannbowling. (They are also shown on my facebook pages.) Today all except the last one are from Beauty and the Werewolf, by Mercedes Lackey, and the final quote refers to the color blue.

The Five Hundred Kingdom books are all “modern re-tellings of classic myths and fairy tales,” but with a difference. In this series there is something called The Tradition which tries to force people’s lives into the nearest story trope, and it is the job of the Godmothers (originally Fairy Godmothers, but now more often human) to steer the Tradition to minimize the impact. Beauty and the Werewolf combines at least three fairy-tale tropes: Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood, and refers to several others.

Beauty and the Werewolf cover“One should never equate shabby with dirty.” Bella’s thoughts on Granny’s attire.

“What’s magic but manipulation? Or politics, or diplomacy, for that matter?” Granny, speaking to Bella after she has calmed herself down and is starting to consider a rather manipulative way of getting back at Eric.

“A lone wolf in winter was generally a wolf with an empty belly.” Bella’s thought on hearing one wolf howl in the forest.

“I will not lose my temper. It won’t do any good.” Bella’s thought when she is introduced to the werewolf who bit her.

“She had to wonder how this particular werewolf managed to bite anyone.” Bella, faced with Sebastian’s diffidence.

“She’d never let an injury stop her from doing anything she wanted to before.” Bella is determined not to let an injured ankle stop her from exploring.

“The incredible blue followed her into her dreams.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna has descended into a glacier crevasse, and been captivated by its color.

Incidentally, this is my blogiversary. My first post was April 2, 2010. Seems like just yesterday.

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These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted over the last week from @sueannbowling. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen. Happy 200th birthday, Mansfield Park! If you’re wondering why two this month from Mansfield Park, blame the A to Z challenge next month. I needed a letter H for this post, and it was simpler just to go with an “H” author and double up for a month using Jane Austin.

Mansfield Park Cover“If this man had not twelve thousand a year, he would be a very stupid fellow.” Edmond’s thoughts of Maria’s suitor, Mr. Rushworth.

“Nobody can think more highly of the matrimonial state than myself.” Henry Crawford, who goes on to say that a wife is “Heaven’s last best gift.

“Every body is taken in at one period or another.” Mary Crawford’s comment on courtship and marriage.

“Mothers certainly have not yet got quite the right way of managing their daughters.” Mary Crawford, commenting on the confusion sometimes caused by whether a girl is “in’” or “out.”

“Every thing is to be got with money.” Mary Crawford, saying how she has always considered thing to be in London. Not at Mansfield, where she has run into problems in getting a conveyance for her harp.

“The player must always be best off, for she is gratified in more ways than one.” Mary Crawford, commenting on playing the harp.

“Even having been a slave didn’t count next to the promise of talent.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Roi has just been introduced to one of his idols, the dancer Loki Faranian, who acknowledges but is clearly untroubled by Roi’s past.

Quotes from Andre Norton

All the quotes below were tweeted and put on my facebook pages over the last week. The first six are from Andre Norton.

Keplian cover“Warriors never knew when they would eat next.” Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian.  Eleeri, eating well before setting out on the attempt to rescue Romar.

“What is within may be greater than what is without.” Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian. Sometimes places of Power have his peculiarity.

“If there is nothing you can do, do nothing. Fretting wastes strength.” Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie, The Key of the Keplian. Romar, helpless but saving his strength to act, remembers the advice of his arms-master.

Magestone cover“Can we not work together to resist this threat?” Andre Norton and Mary H Schaub, The Magestone. Kasarion (the Alizon Lord) in his first meeting with the scholars of Lormt.

“May these night hours bring us wisdom.” Andre Norton and Mary H Schaub, The Magestone. Kasarion, evidently quoting an old Alizon ‘good night’.”

“Silent meditation in the dark should be free from observation or intrusion.” Andre Norton and Mary H Schaub, The Magestone. Kasarion is convincing himself that his thoughts could not be observed.

“Computers did not have emotions.” Marna is telling herself this about the planetary compute, but it certainly acts as if it were glad to have a living person back on Riya.

Quotes from Jane Austen

Here are the contexts of the quotes tweeted  (and placed on facebook) between March 6 and 12, 2014. All but the last are from Mansfield Park, by Jane Austin, which is 200 years old this year.

Mansfield Park Cover“Every thing will turn to account when love is once set going, even the sandwich tray.” Edmond is captivated by Mary Crawford playing the harp, and it seems everything in the room is adding to the enchantment.

“Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, for there is no hope of a cure.” Part of Mary Crawford’s apology to Fanny when she knows she has kept Fanny’s horse too long.

“A young party is always provided with a shady lane.” A somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment by the narrator on the fact that hot weather is not going to spoil the pleasure of the young people.

“To whose happy lot was it to fall?” Maria and Julia are rivals for Henry Crawford, and both want to sit with him on the barouche box.

“A whole family assembling regularly for the purpose of prayer, is fine.” Fanny’s comment (which brings a good deal of satire from the rest) on the old custom of daily household prayers.

“Every body likes to go their own way.” Mary is arguing for freedom of choice where religion is concerned.

“I think now I made the wrong choice.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap. Xazhar is beginning to think that his grandfather is wiser than his father.

Quotes from Mercedes Lackey

These are the contexts of the quotes tweeted and on my facebook pages between February 27 and March 5, 2014. All but the last are from The Sleeping Beauty by Mercedes Lackey.

cover, Sleeping Beauty“People see what they expect to see.” Siegfried to Leopold, when he is first expounding his theory that “queen Sable” is in fact the Godmother.

“There is something to be said for being happy in what you do.” Desmond to Princess Rosamund, while he is trying to court her.

“Nothing in life came without a cost.” Rosamund, recognizing that the bruises she gets in Siegfried’s training in self-defense are the cost of her learning.

“When you lived as long as the Fae did, there was a great deal to weep over.” “The fae did not cry often, and never in public, but oh, yes, they wept.” And Lily is about to collapse from all that needs doing in her Kingdom.

“When things were at their worst, if you had the space, let panic run out.” Rosa, finding herself a captive again, recalls Lily’s advice.

“Only a woman! She’s cleverer than both of you put together.” Rosa’s thoughts when her captors refer to Godmother Lily as “Only a woman.”

“You’ve worked out too much on your own not to be taught to use it properly.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Nik, speaking to Roi after Roi has almost killed Derry and Nik with an uncontrolled and unplanned show of his power.

Quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien

Map of the Misty Mountains, from the original English version of the book.

Map of the Misty Mountains, from the original English version of the book.

These are the quotes that were tweeted from @sueannbowling (and on my facebook pages) from February 20 through 26, 2014. All but the last are from The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“Maybe there is no right choice.” Aragorn, faced with the choice between following Frodo and Sam or rescuing Merry and Pippen.

“When the great fall, the less must lead.” Aragorn, speaking to Eomer, referring to Gandolf’s loss in Moria.

“Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear.” Aragorn to Eomer when Eomer is uncertain what to do about Aragorn’s company.

“There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark.” Aragorn, referring both to Gandalf’s fall and to the apparent end of their quest to find the young hobbits.

“Real names tell you the story of the things they belong to.” Treebeard, esplaing to Merry and Pippen that it would take him a very long time to tell them his name.

“The withering of all woods may be drawing near.” Treebeard’s slant on the growth of Sauron’s power in Mordor.

“I’d like to see this world studied properly some day.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Marna is speaking, and the world she refers to is Mirror, on which they are stranded and which has organisms using both left-handed and right-handed proteins.

Quotes from Andre Norton

Keplian coverThese are the contexts of the quotes tweeted between February 13 and February 19, 2014. All but the last are from The Key of the Keplian by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchie.

“I am not ashamed to change, to alter my mind.” Tharna, the Keplian mare, speaking to Eleeri after she has learned to trust the human.

“In an atmosphere of peace and plenty, attitudes could change in a bare generation.” Eleeri’s belief that given love from birth, even a male Keplian could learn trust.

“Nothing was impossible.” Mayrin thinks that somehow Eleeri, coming out of the unknown, might have a clue to the whereabouts of her brother, lost in the unknown.

“It is well said that when evil ones fall out, good may profit.” Eleeri’s initial reaction to the news that the Gray Ones had tried attacking the rasti.

“Better an enemy secure in its own mind.” Romar to Eleeri when she lets him know of her plans to kill more rasti.

“It takes one only to begin a war,” Part of what Eleeri is shown of the valley’s past.

“You can still be you.” Sue Ann Bowling, Homecoming. Flame’s reassurance to Roi, after he has been having nightmares about becoming some of the nastier R’il’noids he has known as a slave.

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